Artwork by Justina Blakeney
There is a quote by Nikita Gill that has resonated with me lately: "If all girls were taught how to love each other fiercely instead of how to compete with each other and hate their own bodies, what a different and beautiful world we would live in". When I first read this verse I thought “Wow, how true!”
Growing up in the modeling industry, I constantly compared myself to other girls. I thought I needed to act a certain way, dress a certain way, and be a certain way in order to be accepted. Nevertheless, it was a long journey for me to understand that there never was, and there has never been, a competition. I have come to learn that it doesn't matter if someone is smarter, skinnier, curvier or taller than you because they aren't you.
We shouldn't bring others down, instead we should love and accept ourselves and in return love and accept others. You never know what someone could be battling in their personal life.
Think about the things we could achieve if we put everything aside to support one another. One woman’s success has the power to inspire other women. We should applaud each other for accomplishments instead of finding success threatening. We should embrace natural beauty, instead of criticizing other women’s and our own bodies.
Personally, I don’t know where I would be without the amazing women in my life. My mother, sister and friends are the ones who help me persevere.
This world is filled with so many incredible human beings. Be kind to others and in return you will receive kindness and love. We truly are stronger together.
Once you master this concept, the world will be yours.