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South African Women and the And Proud SA Campaign

Hello beautiful, 

I hope all of you are going good. I have missed posting on my blog so much. But now, I am back with a brand new post.

In the month of June, Cheyenne from Princess Warrior and I, teamed up and put together a campaign that is aimed towards helping women accept and love their flaws, that society has a problem with. Even though, not many women took part in the campaign, I am going to share their posts in this blog post. 

All of the women who took part in our campaign, are all so beautiful and lovely. I thank you, for standing tall and proud in who you are. You are all inspirations to me and I am so happy to have you on my blog. 

Cheyenne Pillay | Blog & Instagram

BROWN #andproudsa || For the first few years of my life, I knew nothing about color. My parents never raised me to see it. Until I was in grade 1 and someone told me “how can you and @alyssapillay be sisters? She’s so fair and you’re so dark?” I was shocked. I’d never realized we were different in that way. Yes, I take after my dad with a darker brown skin and she took over my mum with lighter toned brown skin. How did that make us not related? Since then, I’ve heard comments my whole life, like “you’re dark unlike your mummy and sister” or “you’re pretty for a dark girl”. Within the Indian community, colorism is still so alive. Lighter skin girls are still considered more beautiful and it shocks me. As a child and teen, I constantly wore lighter creams and then foundations, stayed out of the sun and did everything to look lighter skinned. But as I’ve gotten older, I’m proud to be brown. This is who I was created to look like. It doesn’t determine my beauty or who I get to be related to. I am BROWN and PROUD, and society doesn’t get to tell me differently. @toridacosta_ and I are so honored to have initiated this campaign. Please, join us. Use the hashtag #andproudsa and tell us something you’re proud of that society may frown upon or tell you is wrong. Let’s show each other we can be proud of who we are.

Honey James | Instagram

My name is Honey and this is my story. I grew up in a coloured community where even a whisper of anything other than typical cis gender heterosexuality is considered very taboo. But I knew even then I was different.
My story is probably one you’ve heard before.
Little curly haired boy playing with girls, hand on the hip, idolizing female musicians, wearing t-shirts on my head pretending it’s hair lol.
I didn’t know what trans was but I was about to find out. It was only until my early 20s did I finally find out that there is way more options in this life.. We have the opportunity to be who we want.
I have the art form of drag to thank for that.
Drag helped me realize that I am not a man but a strong beautiful woman. Even though years have passed and I’ve slowly evolved. I am not done learning. Not done growing…. I am invincible
I am unapologetically TRANSGENDER
#andProudSA

Terscilla Cayla | Instagram

Man oh man, acne pitting is the worst. A constant reminder of bad skin days gone past 😦 But it’s also a positive reminder that I was a stressed out mess last year (and my skin showed it), BUT I made it through my most academically challenging and anxious year. (Also thank you to the friends who let me cry in front of them ❤️) A degree, a move and a job later I’m okay with the acne pitting. #andProudSA I’m loving reading the posts on this campaign run by @cheyenneprincesswarrior and @toridacosta_

Amy Dove | Youtube & Instagram

Me.

Unfiltered.
Unrefined.
Unapologetic. #andProudSA

Once again, thank you to everyone who took part in the South Africa Women and the And Proud SA Campaign. It means so much to me and Cheyenne that the message of it was spread.

Head on over to Cheyenne’s blog to take a look at the other women who took part in our campaign. Click here.

Stay beautiful
Love always,

 

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