Body Shame Body Love: Taleni Nengola
Its hard to love your body, yourself and the way you look in todays "you're never good enough" culture. Companies spend millions of dollars to feed our insecurities. I am a supporter of striving to be a better version of yourself but its important to love yourself, your body and how you look exactly where you are. Meet Taleni.
Taleni has come home and shared some of the most hurtful things that other people have told her about her body, her skin color and her hair. The comments I hear touch a nerve not only because she is my sister and I what an awesome person she is but I also know hard she works on becoming a better version of herself mind, body and spirit.
If she's being told these things, then other young woman are too.
My sister gets called fat. She gets side eye for wearing her hair in its natural state, the very way that it grows out of her head. She gets compared to lighter skinned women and is deemed inferior.
What makes me the most sad about the comments is that they come from people that look like her.
I want to celebrate her and others who look like her! I said "Lets do your make up, dress you up and have a photoshoot!"
Taleni is beautiful because she is not afraid to admit that she is not perfect but will always strive to do better. She is generous and will sacrifice for others but makes a conscious effort not to overstretch herself. I've never met anyone so expressive of their emotions. All of them, without ever allowing one certain emotion to define her. She has kinky coily course hair and melanin rich skin and full hips.
The photoshoot was followed by an interview:
We encourage you to love on yourself exactly where you are right now. Take steps to reaching your fitness/body goals and I'm all for enhancing your beauty with makeup and hair accessories but also cultivate a strong foundation built on self love, confidence and an appreciation for all types of beauty.