I Am Woman Body Walk

 

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I am strong beyond measure. I am beautiful without validation. I am Woman! 

On January 17, 2016 Clevana of Curvy Girl Fever and I headed to south beach with a gang of beautiful woman to showcase the diverse beauty of women of all different shapes, sizes and color. After months of planning and coordinating, what a relief to know we pulled it off! The date we picked to do the walk just so happened to fall on the same day as Art Deco weekend, so the streets were booming with locals and travelers. Luckily the weather ended up being on our side too, we all know how unpredictable Miami weather can be. Our event was broken down into three parts; we had paint prepping where we met our curvy girls that would be walking with us. Then the main event, the walk itself. Of course the overall experience where we had a moment to reflect on everything that we were doing.  Check out the official video below! Big thanks to our videographer/editor Jade Lilly for our dope video. Contact her: jj.lilly92@gmail.com

 

 

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Today the power of social media is so grand. From all the positive things that come from it there of course has to be some negative things. Some negative aspects of social media that seems to only be getting worse, is the lack of diverse beauty being shown and the body shamming of all types of women. I realize that everyone at some point in their life is guilty of one of these things, but when do you say enough is enough? Its time to rise above and realize that the people you are shamming are human! They are people with feelings and some may be fighting the toughest battles life can throw.

Its time to rise above and realize that the people you are shamming are human!

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The #IAmWomanBodyWalk represents the diverse beauty of women different shapes, size and color. The beauty of women is not limited to any restrictions and we are here to showcase that.

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Growing up I heard it all and was called every name in the book; fat, big girl, chubby, thunder thighs etc. Got criticized for the things I ate and the clothes I wore, was threatened with bad health even when the doctor said I was healthy just ate to much, was threaten to fail gym class because I wasn’t as athletic as the other kids who were so different than me. It was a constant battle between who I was and the person other people wanted me to be. 

It was a constant battle between who I was and the person other people wanted me to be. 

I know first hand the effect that such criticism can cause to a young woman. The mental toll it takes to question every thing you do, every step you take, every bite you eat. Sadly this is still the world we live in today except these criticisms aren’t only coming from people you know and frequent with. They are also coming from strangers, people who know nothing about you. It even comes at you indirectly when people are talking negatively about a person who looks just like you. 

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I get asked so often “How did you get so confident?” To be honest I don’t know. It wasn’t an event that happened. It was something I had to work on. Realizing who I was, that this is my life and no one is going to tell me how to live it, all played a major role is learning how to love myself thus building my confidence. I learned that I needed to stick up for myself, not allow people to talk to me any way they see fit, stop accepting people criticisms, stop accepting back handed compliments like “You’re pretty for a big girl”. I realized my worth, realized that I am a strong, powerful, beautiful women and no one was going to make me feel anything less than that.

I realized my worth, realized that I am a strong, powerful, beautiful women and none was going to make me feel anything less than that. 

I demanded respect; I made it known in my demeanor that I am a woman of value. Walking with my head held high made me realized that no one was going to test a woman with as much confidence as I displayed.

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Woman

[woo muh n]

idioms, plural women

be one’s own woman, (of females) to be free from restrictions, control, or dictatorial influence; be independent.

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What did this walk mean to me? This walk hit close to home for me. It was an opportunity to test my confidence, to showcase all I had to overcome, to showcase how I look is perfect and I don’t need anyone to tell me otherwise. The overall experience was so heart warming. To see strangers, men and women of all races, shapes and sizes showing up so much love, appreciating what we were doing and what we stood for was really eye opening. To think of the effect that we could have and the message we could get across to society has us plotting to take this walk to different cities. I know somewhere there is a little girl questioning whether she is beautiful, whether her imperfections define her as a woman, I know because I have been there, I was her. And this walk is to tell that little girl yes you are beautiful, you are perfect, your imperfections are what make you beautiful and unique. You are a woman in the most perfect form. Love yourself!

Love yourself!

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I demanded respect; I made it known in my demeanor that I am a woman of value. Walking with my head held high made me realized that no one was going to test a woman with as much confidence as I displayed.

I want to thank the beautiful women who joined Curvy Girl Fever and I during this walk. You women are truly amazing, beautiful and so inspiring. Special thanks to Clevona Simons I’m so happy we were able to get together and make this happen. This goes to show powerful things can happen when we come together. Take a look at her blogpost on the walk at Curvy Girl FeverIf you would like to see the I Am Woman body walk in your city please leave a comment below.

 Let’s keep this movement going!

There was so much love on Ocean Drive during our walk. People wanting to know what we were doing, sharing kind words, take pictures etc! Check out the picture below! Thank you to our amazing photographer Reyna Noriega Contact her: reynasnoriega@gmail.com

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If you would like to be apart of the I Am Woman body walk or have any further questions feel free to email us: iamwomanbodywalk@gmail.com

Please leave a comment below, which city should we come to next?

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7 Comments

  1. 02/01/2016 / 3:05 PM

    Wow!!! This looks absolutely amazing. What a GREAT movement. I’m so happy to see this happening in South Florida.

  2. 02/01/2016 / 9:06 PM

    Hi! This looked like such a cool event! XO

  3. 02/02/2016 / 2:29 AM

    THIS IS SO AMAZING!! Major congrats on the first walk of what I’m sure will be many. Have you caught onto any organic PR after this? I really hope so! Sharing this on my Twitter too!

  4. 02/03/2016 / 4:28 AM

    I love your blog and these pictures are truly beautiful in every way!

  5. Chyna michele
    02/11/2016 / 3:02 PM

    Please come to Washington, D.C., I would love to join your walk

  6. Liz
    02/22/2016 / 3:47 AM

    I love this. What major city couldn’t use this? Women of every shape, size, color, height, dimension, and style should be able to love their bodies. But as a 35yo white plus size woman, I struggle with it all the time. My plus isn’t the hour glass, and plus models still don’t look like me. I struggle to see my self as beautiful without including a “but” or “for a fat girl” in my thoughts. If you come to St Louis MO, I’ll join your walk. For myself and all the other women like me. Keep being awesome!

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