Body positivity, self acceptance and holding on to your sanity

Life can be chaotic at times. for me– most of the time, it is a swirling wave of chaotic moments where I feel I am no longer in control. Between work, daily commuting, family obligations, you name it, it is easy to lose sight of what matters the most: me, you, us. You get the idea.  The stress of living in a super large city like LA, family obligations, work, making a living, being fab,  fighting age, has caused me to neglect myself a great deal and cut a lot of corners when it comes to caring for myself. Weight gain has been steadily creeping up on me like a tight-fist mother unwilling to let go of her child.  Shedding pounds ain’t easy! But my focus on dropping those stubborn pounds has turned into something obsessive, toxic and I am tired of it. The notion that skinniness is aesthetically more attractive and healthy is outdated and not even factually substantiated. The key thing is living a balanced life, eating healthy, working out, meditating and not depriving yourself, a message reinforced by phenomenal creative powerhouses like Theresa Baxter, an LA-based graphic artist, illustrator and the founder of allmost studio in LA.  Theresa works at the intersection of art, feminism and body positivity. She’s behind the dope collage of mumu mansion and her get free campaign

 

Mumu Mansion otherwise known as Melinda Alexander is a los angeles based activist and the author of get Free, a book with a powerful message and someone I have been religiously following on IG for a while now.    Her website features additional artwork from Theresa.

Theresa’s vision and rituals collection places emphasis on women self-empowerment through rituals and symbolic imagery that is transcending, political and pierces through traditional western cannons of beauty:

 

 

 

 

I love, love her work and the powerful messaging behind it. It is bold, daring, transcending, and in the era of me too movement and black lives matter, it is the kind of art that is needed to empower women to be self-reliant, strong, and unapologetic about being themselves!    Imagine my surprise, when I approached Theresa and asked her if she’d be willing to create this blog’s banner?  The end result? This super funky gif rendering of the Motherfunk banner :

 

 

Ok, shameless plug aside, the key takeaway is to be selfish and to not feel guilty about it. More to come mes amis.

xx, Kenza

 

 

 

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