“Self confidence has always been an issue for me. I’ve never been one to be really expressive or talk about my feelings a lot. I’ve also never had a very good relationship with my body. In a way, I’ve never reached my full potential in loving myself. Self-confidence has always been hard for me because I’ve always had an image in my mind of what I wish I looked like. Maybe I could be a bit thinner, with perfect teeth and different hair. I’ve always seen people around me and desperately wanted to look like them, but I now see that wishing you looked like someone else is really hard on yourself. We’re all different, and that’s not going to change. We can’t make ourselves into other people even if we wish we could. To me, self-confidence is not worrying about the way you look and not feeling like you need to lose weight or gain it. We shouldn’t have to put ourselves on diets because we’re worried about our image. The way we are perceived should just be based more on who we are on the inside. In 2018, I want to improve on my self-esteem in two ways: one, being able to express myself and second, feeling comfortable in my own skin. I want to wear outfits that make me feel beautiful and I want to go days without wearing makeup and not feel insecure. I know it’ll be hard and I’ll have to work myself up to a point where I can be myself and feel content with who I am. I’m glad I have so many wonderful people in my life that are helping me reach the point of trying to accept myself for who I am’’.

Photos by Somiah Nettles
Modeled by Clara French

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