MORE THAN A WOMAN
Confidence is something a lot of people struggle with. Namely a lot of women struggle with, often pitting ourselves against other women to the detriment of ourselves, and particularly with appearance. Social media has played an important role in my life over the past few years, and although it has also been hugely beneficial and rewarding, it has also affected my self esteem and social anxiety.
I don’t often share my personal life online – and I’ll keep it brief – but I hope speaking about my personal experience can give comfort to anyone feeling similarly. I have always been a self conscious, self deprecating person, but over the past five years I have noticed a considerable change in how I see myself. And it isn’t particularly positive. I began by editing images of myself, then cutting my face out of images. Now I rarely have my photo taken, and instead ask my beautiful friends to model for me (thank you Mia). Dressing predominantly in oversized menswear, and having a complex about femininity for so long, I lost confidence – particularly in front of a camera.
A few months ago, I reached a point where I needed to change. I was utterly unhappy within myself, and really struggled with social situations, and in turn felt guilty for feeling so. It didn’t help that it was part of my job either.
Self love is an ongoing process. The first step for me is owning my femininity, something very new to me. It’s liberating. These over-the-knee boots have definitely helped explore my femininity, and in turn my confidence – so big up Zalando for increasing my sass levels and helping me on my road to self love.