Even though, I was unable to receive the package from the sponsors on time for my photo shoot as well as being in Vermont a t shirt is the last thing you would want to wear in the blistering cold. Nonetheless I was able to find a t shirt and showcase how to wear a t shirt several ways in the Haute or Not Challenge.
Since Naptural Roots promotes natural hair I decided to wear my hair in coocoon curls (a little different from the bantu knot out). Previous to my big chop, I would watch the women on youtube showcasing their twist outs and braid outs and wonder if my hair would look just as pretty as theirs! so I decided to showcase the one style I fell in love with when I became natural to represent me and the love and acceptance of being natural.
I was truly excited to see that we were being sponsored by Naptural Roots because I actually follow them on facebook and it was great to see a familiar company 🙂 The Naptural Roots magazine promotes natural hair and natural hair products but also goes deeper into bringing awareness to those about different non profits and entrepreneurs that include bringing awareness for various social issues relating to sexual violence, eating healthy, and more.
One of the questions I loved and noticed within the magazine was “What do you do to keep healthy and positive?”. In this day and age it is extremely important to stay positive and healthy regarding life moving so fast it is hard to stop and take a breather to ask yourself if your truly “ok”. Being a college student, that can be tough through not only course load but also being away from home and different issues that arise regarding their body image as well as the dreaded “Freshman 15” as we are transitioning into adulthood.
My idea for this shoot was to showcase one shirt and how you could wear it for multiple body types. Being naturally petite, some may think it maybe easy to find clothes, or feel satisfied with my body type since pertains to what the media perceives as “beautiful” but it’s been a long journey of love and self acceptance I have taken and I’ve known many others to take. I personally believe being curvy, fully figured is a beautiful thing and even longed to have a fully figure but I’ve also learned to accept and love being naturally petite. In the long run I believe loving yourself, accepting who you are, and your accepting or turning flaws into assets is the most important thing you can do to truly become positive and happy
For the styles I turned a classic plain baggy tshirt into a bodycon dress, wore it normally with a belt and and an one shouldered dress for a more classy look, adding in a classic fall look (even though it is currently in winter in Vermont) to the outfit in one shoot to show it can be a seasonal outfit depending on what you add to it.
One thing that i wanted to promote was that everyone has a t shirt in their wardrobe in which they can transform into a different style day to day, so it is easily accessible and can look elegant, for a night out, or a seasonal outfit.
In conclusion I wanted to answer the question “What do you do to keep healthy and positive?”. I stay healthy and positive by surrounding myself or keeping in contact with great friends from the past or present, doing activities that I love and enjoy (doing my hair, photographer) and telling myself to be open to try new experiences (tried riding a roller coaster for the 1st time), and just accepting lil ol’ me for who I truly am.
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