The essence I embrace..."Are my curves...For a long time I allowed everyone else to dictate how I felt about my body family, friends, media...since I was child. After years of being insecure and half-loving myself as person who isn't the "normal" shape, size, and sometimes even color, I decided that it would be easier to embrace who I am than to fight everyone telling me who I have to be. The essence I embrace are my curves, and if I could, I'd be naked most of the time," Felicia Taliaferro.
The essence I embrace..."Are my eyes"-- Leigh Ann. Little Cloud by Eric Carle represents her dream to be children's art teacher
The essence I embrace..."Is Lola...that's the name of my hair," Brianna Conyers. She aspires to become a world renown author.
The essence I embrace... "My bone structure. I feel like I have really Indian features. I never considered myself pretty because my features weren't what's considered conventionally pretty. I noticed early on that my bone structure was different. I have more naturally sullen eyes, thicker brows, a pronounced jaw line, etc., but the older I got, I realized how those exact features and my bone structure make me unique. They represent my Indian roots. I began embracing my own roots and learning to love every aspect of myself: where I am come from, what I look like, and who I am right now. All of that is connected to me with "embracing your essence. Self-love is about embracing every aspect of who are, inside and out. I was so excited to be a part of Eva's project. the message she is sending with her artwork is so powerful for girls," Sana Manejwala.
The essence I embrace..."Are my feet. My whole life I loved to dance, but people don't really understand how much work goes into the craft. Many think I just have an easy major, but my body is constantly working."-- Sydney Parker.
The essence I embrace..."Are my dimples. It's funny; technically a dimple is considered a skin deformity, but I always saw it as a reminder of my childhood innocence,"--NinyThe dandelions symbolize the idea of a plant being identified as a weed; an imperfection we see in nature. But in childhood we see it as a flower used to spread wishful hope.
The essence I embrace"My arms!"-- Breechaye
The essence I embrace..."Is my birthmark. It covers my entire left leg" --Opeyemi Opey. The mike represents her love for performing as a rapper and spoken word artist, and is famously known on campus by her stage name O-Slice.
The essence I embrace... "Is my stomach. For so long I would look at my belly and see only flaws. I would see the donut curve under my belly button and how it waved out when viewed from the side. I would say mean things to my own skin and my own flesh. I could not see beyond, i could not see the beauty of how much my body, and my belly does for me. And then I began my work as a Doula and as a yoga teacher- on the path to midwifery. Slowly and without great effort I just stopped noticing. I stopped drawing attention to the tiny details and began to love the uniqueness of my belly. mine. The soft gentle skin that will one day be a home for my children. The muscles that hold me up as I guide people in their yoga practices, as I hold and massage women during childbirth. I tattooed a big sun in the center to remind me that things will always change, there will always be a moon and night, but the sun will always rise again. The sun reminds me of my fire and my light. My mission to become a midwife and to love bellies for all that they are and all that they do for the rest of my life.The scarf was used as a symbol for the Rebozo I use during births." --Roni Zelivinski.
The essence I embrace..."My clavicle...I was the first multi-ethnic child born in my village...It has always made me value my diverse background much more..." Soraya on her experience being raised in Spain.
The essence I embrace are my ears“Are my ears. Can you hear me? Haha. It is a necessity for me to wear earrings everyday. If not, I feel like I started my day on the wrong foot, and based on how hard I work, being on the wrong foot is not an option,”-Jewel Addy