embracing beauty

Boy do I love pushing EAH characters into their destined roles and completely ignoring the Choose Your Destiny premise.

I’d call this a doodle but I put too much time into it for it to be a doodle. Also just imagine there’s some intricate pattern on her coat.

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Eurovision 2017: Celebrate Diversity

Most European Countries: Let’s sing in English

I was afraid of the darkness of my skin. I believed I had to be celebrated for my intelligence and my sense of humor. Those could be the beautiful things about me since my skin couldn’t. I remember in junior high having a beach day with my family and going to school the next day. Someone in my class exclaimed shock at my appearance. She didn’t know black people could tan. The look on her face stuck with me. For years, I wanted to avoid direct sunlight. The comments you hear as a child stick with you. [I was] afraid of photos in dark rooms because you know no one will be able to see you in the picture and [people] will make fun of you. [I feared] walking into a room that has a black wall and hearing someone remark about how you’ve disappeared. You try to avoid these situations so you’re not in a position to act like you don’t care or [you] make fun of the darkness of your skin before someone else does so that maybe it will sting less. It has been a process of self-love to embrace the beauty of every single drop that makes up the richness that is my beautiful brown skin. If you learn anything in life, learn to love yourself. There is no amount of makeup or skin-care products that will make you love yourself.
emoji self-care + positive list:

💖 sparkle up your heart by doing random acts of kindness to the people you love or even to strangers (if ur comfortable with that)
🐶 pat your doggos, pets, and animals friends for a happy soul! give em extra hugs for optimal results!
🐣 dont chicken out! if u want to do something that makes u happy, just do it! and always remember to do it for yourself
🐚 collect sum cute shells in the beach, fill a smol jar with sand, and chill with ur friends/significant other
🌱 go on a botanical garden adventure! make ur own garden! plant the old seeds u bought from a plant shop, water your little sprouts!
🍵 drink a warm cup of earl grey tea or coffee! spice it up with cinnamon if u want! (i dont like. cinnamon tho but u kno)
🍋 detoxify!! lemon is a good antioxidant! drink a cup of lemonade or do ur mix in ur own way!
🍓 boost ur health (bc it is wealth) by eating and storing a couple of organic fruits for personal consumption
🌻 go buy yourself some sunflowers, daisies, zinnias, crysanthemums in the farmer’s market
🌞 go out, experience the sunny weekdays, enjoy the feel of sun beams during the golden hours, fall in love with the summer feel
🌚 observe the moon, fall in love with the stars, embrace the beauty of the skies and the galaxies
📌 grab the keys and go on a crazy spontaneous adventure !! bring a tad of food for picnic purposes too
🎨 make art, appreciate art, be ur own version of masterpiece. grow up and craft yourself to become ur best version!
🔮 invest in the little things in life. enjoy the smell of rain, the copper brwn color of your trees on autumn, living for the littlest things is (proven to be) magical.
⌚ dont worry too much!! you are not running out of time. you are still young and you have ur life ahead of you.
🎥 film all the beautiful things about your days. do it for achive’s sake. do it for your future self. do it so that u may be able to rewatch it over and over again
🎶 listen to good soothing music while taking a shower, nap, or walking on parks!!
💌 write your future self a letter that talks about your aspirations and dreams and a little description about ur present self
📖 read your favorite books under the genre feel-good! reread if u want to feel the lingering joy inside ur chest again!
💭 talk to your friends, colleagues, best buds etc! it is never okay to bottle up the sadness!!
🔎 research cute places you’ve never been to and visit them alone, with your significant other, or with your best pals! google is ur adventure bestfriend!
✨ dont forget to sparkle up! ur shinier than the glitters!
💤 get some sleep to recharge for a brighter tomorrow! oversleeping may sometimes be bad for u tho
✋ give yourself a high five for surviving today and yesterday! im proud of u!
📯 learn a new instrument and compose a cute song for your friend!

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FRESH APPROACH TO FASHION: EMBRACING A WORLD OF BEAUTY - models: Ajak Deng, Grace Mahary, Jourdana Phillips, Lameka Fox & Nykhor-Nyakueinyang Paul - photography: Silja Magg - fashion direction / styling: Katie Trotter - hair: Seiji - makeup: Toni Malt -  text: Louis Nichol - location: The Hamptons, New York - Harper’s Bazaar Arabia April 2017

TOGETHER WITH GUCCI WE’RE CELEBRATING THE BEAUTY OF DIVERSITY AND A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOUR FOR SPRING / SUMMER 2017

  • “The fashion industry has the ability to make the less visible, visible.” ~ Jourdana Phillips
  • “The inspiration for the story is the sentiment of Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, “If we are going to push the conversation forward then we have to look beyond simply talking about models on the runway, and focus instead on individuality and faces that show humanity.”
I’m in love with her. I know because her voice brings more calm over me than I ever thought was possible. I’m in love with her. I know because her smile warms my whole body and I can’t help but smile myself. I’m in love with her. I know because her laugh is a laugh I want to hear for the rest of my life. I’m in love with her. I know because no matter how many disagreements we get in I don’t want to walk away, I want to work it out. I’m in love with her. I know because we talk of our future, and it no longer scares me the way it used to. I’m in love with her. I know because I found my soulmate, I have the most beautiful girl in the universe, her smile, her laugh, the way she scrunches her nose when I call her cute, she’s stunning, and I once feared the feelings I have now, but with her I embrace them. I am in love with her, and I can’t wait to spend forever by her side.
—  I’m in love with you

Shoutout to all the weird kids

To the kids that everyone called weird or strange or worse

To the kids who were/are being bullied by their peers

To the autistic and ADHD kids who are mocked for their stims 

To the autistic kids who are bullied for not understanding sarcasm/being gullible

To the ADHD kids who are punished for not being able to sit still

To the autistic kids who are mocked for their meltdowns 

To the kids who are segregated from the “normal” kids

To the adults who are still recovering from the abuse they faced at the hands of their peers

To the adults who still feel like weirdos and freaks and still hear their voices echoing in our heads

To the adults who don’t remember their childhoods because of all the abuse we faced for daring to be different

You’re not weird or strange or bad. You are different and that is beautiful. I know it may not seem that way right now. I know how much it hurts to be singled out and abused for your natural way of being. I know how hard you try to hide your differences to avoid the torment. I know how much you suffer for suppressing your natural behaviors. 

But, your differences are something to be admired and embraced. You are so beautiful and unique. Your stims are a marvelous and something to be celebrated. Your way of seeing the world may not fit with how others see things but that is part of what makes you so special. 

One day, you will find people who expect you as you are. One day, you will find people who don’t just tolerate you but celebrate all the things that make you “weird”. One day, you will find peace with yourself and be able to accept yourself. One day, you will walk the road of recovery, leaving behind all the painful taunts, all the bullying and abuse. One day, you will find healing and hope.