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Well! The 2014 Essence Music Festival,  held over the 4th of July holiday weekend in New Orleans, LA, has officially come and gone.  But the spirit of the Festival lives on.  We all know that the Essence Music Fest is widely known for showcasing some of the best music artists in the industry, but it also boasts some of the greatest brand partnerships and sponsors, that are dedicated to the health and well-being of women and families.

If you’ve been following me for a while, then you may remember that I posted some information about P&G’s My Black Is Beautiful initiative, about a year ago and was trying to get the word out about their documentary, Imagine a Future,  that debuted on BET.  It was awesome by the way.  If you’re interested, you can check out that post here: http://naturallystellar.com/2013/07/05/imagine-a-future/

Well, this time I’m sharing something a little different.  MBIB and renowned transformational expert, Lisa Nichols are encouraging women to show their “beauty in action” by sharing their personal stories of what encourages them to believe that beauty is more than skin deep.

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I want to thank Niche Parent Network and MBIB for giving me this opportunity to share my personal “Beauty In Action” journey and I want to encourage you to get out there and share your stories too.

Although I may seem as if I have it all together and am full of confidence, that wasn’t always the case.

When I was a very little girl, I was verbally abused by a much older and close family member.  He would often tell me that I was ugly or that no one would like me or want to be my friend.  He basically would ridicule me at every chance he got and for what reasons, I’ll never know.  Whether it was my hair, my clothes, my shoes, he would always find something to put me down about.  His words were like daggers and made me feel so small and insignificant.  I was a very shy girl, so I never really confided in anyone or even told my parents or siblings.  I wasn’t mature enough to understand that everything I was being told was a lie or that I had the power to change it, so I did what most young kids in my situation would do.  I believed it. For too many years, I felt as if I would never be able to live up to the world’s standard of beauty.   Not even up to my own standards.

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It wasn’t until my late teenage years that I really started taking more notice of people’s positive comments about me.  More and more, the positive began to outweigh whatever negative thoughts I had of myself. The more I heard that I was pretty, beautiful or talented from friends or family,  it’s like it gave me strength.  I started paying closer attention to my thoughts and always tried to counteract whatever negative things about me that came to mind.   I would look at myself in the mirror and make my own confirmations, like “Girl you look good!” or “The hair is looking dope today!”.  Anything that I could do to encourage myself, I did.  I prayed. Worked harder at my talents and pursued my interests. I also wrote down my goals and took my time discovering more about myself.

Now in my 30’s I still struggle from time to time with the occasional negative thought.  I’m not perfect, nor do I desire to be.  I no longer have my “hair crushes” or “body crushes”.  I don’t have JLo’s booty, Rhianna’s super smooth complexion or Ciara’s legs.  What I do have is just fine.  I try my best to take care of myself, love who I am and will continue to share my light with the world.   I’m a curvy size 11, I have a muffin top, stretch marks that I wear proudly and occasional adult acne.  But guess what?  I look friggin’ awesome!!!

So you wanna know what inspires my “Beauty in Action”?  Life inspires me. This wonderful gift that many of us take for granted each day inspires me to feel beautiful.  To know I’m blessed, because somebody somewhere didn’t wake up and have the chance to see the sun shine today like I did. To know that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, without mistake or hesitation.  I’m just the way that I should be.  Beautiful.

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For more information about My Black Is Beautiful (MBIB) visit their Website:  My Black Is Beautiful or visit MBIB on Facebook

 

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My Black is Beautiful celebrates the diverse collective beauty of African-American women and encourages black women to define and promote our own beauty standard — one that is an authentic reflection of our indomitable spirit. MBIB initiates one of the largest online community conversations with African-American women. Join the movement, define your own beauty standards, help ignite a national conversation and share your extraordinary beauty with the world. 

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Founder, Editor-in-Chief of Women's Lifestyle Blog, Naturally Stellar | Beauty Writer and Content Creator | I left corporate life 7+ years ago, to pursue my goal of becoming a writer. Boom!! I did that! Now I'm an accomplished writer and boss babe running a successful blog business. You should hire me! #RockStarMoms

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