To interview 100 black women about accepting their bodies-in an effort to generate self-love for black women everywhere, using the power of social media.
"Dare me to embrace my dark skin! Growing up, I was often teased for my dark skin complexion. I was left to believe I was less attractive and less desirable than my lighter skin counterparts. I rarely saw dark skin models and actors in ads or on TV and movies. It wasn't until my college years that I discovered the beauty and uniqueness of my skin color. After traveling to other parts of the world and meeting other beautiful confident dark skin people, I began to find the strength and royalty in my complexion. Now, I do everything in my power to make sure my skin stays healthy and continues to glow. I always exfoliate and moisturize, using only natural ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter. Most importantly, I never shy away from the sun." - @hailey.ebeth 💎 #GlowOn Have you ever been insecure about your complexion? * * Reclaiming our time. Reclaiming our bodies . ✨✨✨✨ * * * * #bodypower #bodypositivity #bodylovemovement #naturalhair #naturalgirl #makeupforblackwomen #feminista #womanempowerment #daremebeautiful #skinista #skincareroutine #naturalbeauty #naturalskinproducts #naturalskincare #sheabutter #coconutoil #lipstickswatch #foundationswatches #livetinted #blackbeaute #holisticbeauty #skincareblogger #darkskinbeauty #model #facebaking #beauty #realbeauty #melanin #melaninpower
"Dare me to accept what sets me apart from everyone else- my freckles! Growing up I was the only person with lots of freckles and before Instagram I had never seen anyone with a full face of freckles like mine. Falling in love with my freckles has been a journey but I love them and accept them. I love me no matter what society says is beautiful, I am my own standard of beauty! I am unique and different and I love it!!!" - @kiarasherman5 👑🌻 #daremebeautiful 💕✨ * Our bodies. Our stories. Told by us. Read more stories from other women accepting their bodies and be inspired. 🔗 in bio.
"Dare me to continue in my journey of loving every part of my body (with eczema). There are some days where I love my body and there are days where I wish it was different. My skin causes me to to feel insecure. Even with that, I challenge myself each day to love each and every flaw, each and every rash." -@theteebeauty ❤️ #daremebeautiful 💕 * Can you relate? What products helped you? #Amlactin is a fave. Share your story below. Follow @daremebeautiful * #bodyposi #eczema #blackwomenmatter #blackwomen #beauty #beautysecret #eczemahoneyco #skincarecommunity #bodyimage #makeupforblackwomen #naturalhair #bodypower #beautyblogger #aveenoeczematherapy #aveeno
"Dare me to accept my height. For years I felt really insecure about my height (I'm 6'1 for reference). Whenever I met new people the first thing they'd comment on was my height. The boys teased my relentlessly. I used to wish I was smaller and more dainty like my friends. Once I realized that I was born to stand out, I began to accept begin a tall woman and I started to shine. My height is one of my greatest assets. When I walk into a room I'm never missed." - @starchasersonly 💫💫✨ * Where are all of our tall beauties at? 🙋🏾♀️❤️✨ * #naturalhair #curlyhair #tallgirls #tallgirlproblems #tallwomen #tallgirlsrock #tallgirlsclub #tallgirlstyle #pinkhair #pinklady #inspiringwomen #blackwomenmatter #tallwomenfashion #tallwomenaresexy #stargirl #pinkhaircolor #pinkhairdye #pinkhaired #pinknaturalhair #thetallsociety #tallperspective #daremebeautiful
"My skin has always been the insecurity bodywise I have had to deal with. In my teenage years, I had to deal with marks on my legs it took me a long time to clear them up but during the process I had to learn to not allow those marks to define my beauty. It was really hard. Then when they cleared up, I had to deal with adult acne which would leave dark marks on my face, shoulders and upper back. It was frustrating and it left me very self conscious. I didn't even feel comfortable going down the street without makeup on. Again while working on the outside I had to work on the inside too and not allow myself to compare myself to others or think less of myself because of it. January 1, 2018 was the first time that truly just stopped caring so much where my skin was concerned. I felt comfortable and confident without makeup. But I just had to decide that I wasn't going to buy into this perfection is beautiful bullshit anymore." - 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 @_itssarahwatson Our bodies. Our stories. Told by us. ❤️ #DareMeBeautiful * * * #naturalhairstyles #skincare #turbanista #makeup #brownskingirls #beauty #selflove #bodyposi #bodypositive #scarrednotscared #scarrednotbroken #flawsandall #brownbeauty #melaninpoppin #blackwoman #makeupforblackwomen
"Dare me to love my curves. I used to hate being curvy at one point and having cellulite as well. Now I embrace those things because they are part of who I am. Every bump and every curve are all appreciated. I don't know who I'd be without them! I love that my body instantly sends me reminders when I'm not putting myself first. It's like having an innate alarm. Reminding me to get back on track with self care and self love." - @xaylibarclay 💕💕💕💕🧘🏾♀️🧘🏾♀️👸🏾👸🏾👸🏿 * Our bodies. Our story. As told by us. #DareMeBeautiful #BrownBodyBeautiful
"Dare me to embrace all six feet of me. Being tall is a blessing and NOW I wouldn't trade it for anything, but there was a time when I was uncomfortable being the only head to stick out above the crowd. Because of this insecurity, wearing heels was NOT an option (let alone finding my size to begin with). Heels meant I would be taller than everyone in the room, males included. Over time I've come to accept that I am who I am and that's what makes me, me: my height, my long arms, my big hair, freckles and all." - @lindleyjonesss ✨✨✨ #daremebeautiful 📸: @lindleyjonesss ✨✨🕊🕊 * Can you you relate? Has your height ever made you feel insecure? * #naturalhair #curlyhair #tallgirls #tallgirlproblems #tallwomen #tallgirlsrock #tallgirlsclub #tallgirlstyle #pinkhair #whiteyogapants #inspiringwomen #blackwomenmatter #tallwomenfashion #tallwomenaresexy #balletdancer #workoutmotivation #workoutclothes #workoutfit #bodyimage #bodypositivemovement #bodyposi #thetallsociety #tallperspective #bodylovebabes
"Dare me to love and accept my physical body at all times...I would have to say my mid section (made me insecure). I have 3 children via C section so unless I get a tummy tuck, I'll have a pouch. I've learned to change my mind about my belly and love it while I work on shedding it. At any size I've learned that I'm still beautiful and still desirable." -@nicolewordbeauty🏆 * Mothers are beautiful, amazing, powerful, sexy, and then some. ✨✨✨✨ * Tag the beautiful mamas in your world! Reclaiming our time + reclaiming our bodies. #daremebeautiful * * #bodypositivebabe #blackmomsrock #blackmommy #mothersday2018 #curvyfashion #beautyprofessional #bodylove #bodypositivity #makeupartistdc #dcmakeupartist #stylebloggers #curvyfashionista #beauty #baltimorehairstylist #baltimoremua #baltimoremakeupartist
"Dare me to accept my big hair! I'm so glad natural hair is more mainstream now, because that wasn't the case growing up. No one in my family had hair like me, so I begged my mom to let me relax my hair. She unwillingly gave in, but I felt more comfortable because I knew how to style it. I started experimenting with wearing my hair curly in high school and I started to love it. I never knew my texture was like this! Lol! thank goodness there are so many products to choose from now." - Ashleigh (@stayreddy), photographer and world traveler 💓✈️❤️😻💕💕 . . . . It's Fearless Fridays! Yay! What is your daring declaration of body love? Share it using #daremebeautiful for a chance to get profiled! Check more profiles in the 🔗.💕💕 #FearlessFriday
"Dare me to release believing my body needed to look a certain way in order for me or anyone else to love it. What I learned with time is that you have to love your body now in its current state in order to appreciate the change you'd like to fulfill with your body in the future. My body is a blessing from God and I must cherish it. Now, it is what makes me me and without this body, I couldn't experience this wonderful thing called life." - @imabaldie 📸: @imabaldie * Our bodies. Our stories. Told by us. ❤️ #DareMeBeautiful #naturalhaircare #afros #summerhair #bodyposi #bodypositivity #naturalhairinspiration #bigchophair #baldwomen #healthyhairjourney #transition #naturalhair #naturalhairgoals
"Dare me to accept my entire existence in this world. I was constantly scrutinizing my body and comparing it to the people I wanted to look like. Between being forced to diet as a child and a barrage of unrealistic beauty standards imagery, I was in a permanent state of hatred for my entire being. I hated any lump, stretch mark or bodily discomfort and kept telling myself that people shouldn't look like me. I was emotionally and physically cruel to my body and told myself that I didn't deserve love or kindness until I proved to the world that I could be better than I was. While I still struggle with moments of insecurity, years of letting live and kindness I has given way to a new, empowered me. I shut those things out because I refused to believe that anyone was being truthful when they said they loved me. I deserve to occupy space, I deserve to be heard and I deserve to continue embarking on my life journey without fear or trepidation." - @fluffyspacedrop ✨✨ We deserve to take up space in the world ladies, regardless of size or shape. You feel me?! 🙌🏾 if you agree! #daremebeautiful #selfloveclub #bodypositivewarrior #blackwoman #blackgirlmagic✨ #beauty #bodyposi #bodylove #bodylovemovement #naturalista #curvyconfidence #redefinebeauty #beautyredefined #loveyourbody #womanist #feminism #bodypositive #bodylove4all #selfloveisthebestlove #bodyconfidence #goldenconfidence #blackgirlsrock #blackgirlsbreaktheinternet #r29unbothered #loveblackwomen
"Dare me to love my stretch marks. I think I was around the age of 12 when my body started to develop! My boobs got really big really fast! I vividly remember a time hanging with some friends and one of the guys asked me what happened to my chest. I was equal parts embarrassed and not prepared to have that conversation. So I lied and said my dog jumped up on me and scratched my chest! I can laugh at that now cause I think it was a cute response! I dare you to ask me about my stretch marks now. I'll tell you embrace them and nurture them daily with lots of Shea butter and coconut oil! I'll tell you that they're a road map of my body, and the twists and turns of being a woman. I'll tell you they represent resilience and protection! I'll tell you, I LOVE MY STRETCH MARKS!" -@danaharpermusic 📸: @danaharpermusic Come on somebody! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 #daremebeautiful
"Dare me to love my strong legs. I used to think they either looked too "manly" cause they're strong and muscular, but I've grown to love the strength of my legs. My legs are part of the reason why I mainly wear dresses and skirts now!" - @voyavanessa 💫 #daremebeautiful ✨✨ * 📸: @paigefordenphoto Can you relate? Have you ever been told or thought a part of your body looked too muscular or strong? Chime in: ⬇️ * #bodyposi #selflove #serenawilliams #strongisbeauty #bodylove #bodyimage #bodyimagemovement #bodyimagequotes #bodypower #styleblogger #springfashion #springfashion2018 #denvercolorado #naturalhair #denvertography #leggoals #whitepumps #denverphotographer
"Dare me to appreciate my stretch marks. I used to loathe my stretch marks. Full on hated them. Sure there was the thickness of my thighs, and the jiggle in my waist but these marks? These streaks that ran uncontrollably across my body, I hated because I felt like they outed me. Right away, they told a story I was uncomfortable with telling. They told of my fight for health and lack thereof. They told of how often I lost and gained. They told how easily I'd fluctuate. Even when the weight would dissipate, they'd remain. So, I hated them. But then one day...I don't quite know when it happened, but I began to love how they called me to transparency. How they outed me. How they forced me to tell a story I was uncomfortable with telling. How they marked His territory. Yes, how they showed that God so loved me that He allowed me THIS body, that could fluctuate, fight, move, feel and heal. So these stretch marks, decorating my body, in their own unique pattern, are beautiful. So this body, in it's own unique way, is beautiful." - @whitmcwrites 💗 #BodyLove #StretchMarks #Health #BodyPositive #BodyPositivity #BlackWomen #BrownBodyBeautiful #melanin #melaninpoppin * Our bodies. Our story. As told by us. What's your your story? #DareMeBeautiful
Dare me to not be careless with my health. "You can't be careless with yourself. (Epilepsy has) definitely taught me and is still teaching me to protect my space. I have to be around people that will have me if I go into a seizure." - @derrahoward * Our bodies. Our stories. Told by us. ❤️ #DareMeBeautiful #naturalhaircare #afros #blondehighlights #blondehairdontcare #curlyhairstyles #curlyhairproducts #summerhaircolor #bodyposi #bodypositivity
"Dare me to: Love my booty. My main issue was my lack of booty and constantly wanting to have one. I'd like to say that I have gotten over it completely, but I haven't. I can say that I have accepted the body I was given way more these days. I am learning to love what I have, appreciate it and move on from those insecurities. Although I have my days where I'm not the most confident, I love my body simply because it is mine." 🦋- @iampaigejohnson #daremebeautiful How 😍 is she? * Read other #BodyLove stories from women of color on our NEW site and submit yours! 🔗 in bio. 💖 * * * Our bodies. Our stories. Told by us. Use #daremebeautiful for a chance to be a part of our project! #BodyPositivity #BlackWomen #bodypositivemovement #BrownBodyBeautiful #melanin #melaninpoppin #beautifulskin #naturalhairrocks
"Dare me to survive in a world that's against everything I stand for. The first time I wore a bikini to the beach 3 years ago, that was a major turning point for me. I had been seeing this mermaid bikini bottom on Tumblr and I was obsessed with it. I got it, wore it and took pics and you could tell I was happy. (It) went viral on Tumblr. *laughs* " - Stacey, @hantisedeloubli, blogger, body positive activist 📸: @hantisedeloubli . . . What is your daring declaration of body love? Share it using #daremebeautiful for a chance to get profiled! Check more profiles in the 🔗.💕💕 #FearlessFriday #PureBodyLove
"Dare me to love myself unapologetically, and to encourage women and men of all sizes to do the same. Even though I loved to explore fashion when I was younger, I felt self conscious as a young person. But it wasn't until I came into my own as a successful woman of color, I learned to appreciate all my worth, my hair etc. and let all that negativity go!" -Dionna, @mademepretty, skincare and fashion blogger . . . . What is your daring declaration of body love? Share it using #daremebeautiful for a chance to get profiled! Check more profiles in the 🔗.💕💕
"Dare me to love my height. I'm 4'11. I used to think of my height in terms of what I am unable to do... I cannot look into someone's eyes ... I cannot shoot the winning basket *laughs*. I decided to take that feeling back. Although I am small, I am strong." - @badgurlbeauty, makeup artist. . . What is your daring declaration of body love? Share it using #daremebeautiful for a chance to get profiled! 💕💕 #purebodylove
"Dare me to be bold, confident, and determined to be successful. The moment in time when I felt most insecure about my body was when I was in highschool. I remember for my final performance I was told I had to wear a unitard. I was not comfortable with performing in front of my classmates in a unitard. Fast forward to today, I will jump in a unitard with no hesitation. I love my body and the skin I'm in... I am pretty big and I am powerful because I now know my purpose as a woman is to serve." - Akira Armstrong (@prettybig5), founder of the Pretty Big Movement (@prettybigmovement) dance company and former Beyoncé backup dancer 📸: @prettybig5 💕💕💕💕 . . Cheers to women everywhere shaping the world just by their existence--today and every day. We need you. #InternationalWomensDay #DareMeBeautiful
"When I was a kid, I was always the tallest in class, taller than all the boys, and sometimes taller than my teachers so of course I felt awkward. As an adult, I love my height and every single thing about my body - it's what makes me me! I stand out and I love it!" - @tiffanyokafor 🦋 * * * Ladies, can you think of a time when you have ever been insecure about your height? Let's talk about it! 🦋 * #beautyblogger #bbloggers #styleblogger #bodypositive #blackgirlswhoblog #bodypositivity #bodypower #bodylove #blackwomen #blackwoman #blackwomanmagic #beauty #selflovery #selflove #bodyimage #loveyourbody #beautyblogger #bbloggers #styleblogger #daremebeautiful #makeupforblackwomen #afrocut #blackhairstyles #tallsociety
"Dare me to love my body after motherhood." -@StyleMeSunday #daremebeautiful --------------------- "It has taken me a long time to feel comfortable in my own skin," she writes on her Instagram page. "There is always more work to be done of course, but I'm at a much better place these days. No more weighing myself. The number on a set of scales does not represent how I feel about myself." 💕✨✨✨ Can you relate? We dare you to love your body!
"Dare me to (love my body shape). The media has convinced us that there is only one way to be and look like a black woman. I used to be so insecure about my small chest and hips compared to others in my family; however, now I appreciate them. Self love is a consistent journey that I work towards daily and I'm starting to love what I see in the mirror" - Bryanda Law, Founder and Editor-in-chief of @Quirktastic_co, a destination for quirky brown millennials everywhere. 📸: @Quirktastic_co . . What is your daring declaration of body love? Share it using #daremebeautiful for a chance to profiled! 💕💕 #SpringForward
Dare me to (embrace every bump). "Being in media and entertainment is an industry where image is everything and by 'image' I mean weight/size. Curvy girls aren't always embraced on TV sets, photo shoots, and red carpets, but I've learned to accept the skin that I'm in and proceed determined to be a success by prospering just as I am. Living BIG... big hair, big smile, big heart, big boobs and a big butt...big forehead (laughs)." - @JennyMChristian, author, actress, model, on-air personality and AIDS advocate at @RedPump . . Share your story of self-acceptance using #daremebeautiful ! #BrownBody #BodyBeautiful
Dare me to be unapologetic about my size. "Recently, I was told that I had gained some weight. The day that this was said to me, I was wearing one of my more "flattering" outfits and I thought I looked good. I had been working out for the past few months (despite falling off a couple of weeks ago) and I had been informed by my doctor that I lost three pounds. As you can imagine, the comment hurt a bit. But I had to remember that, regardless of my size, the person who I am at my core is not defined by my size; it takes nothing away from me. I'm still a college grad. I'm still well-loved and respected. I'm still thriving and prospering as a young, fat, black woman in America. Whether I wear a mumu to cover up my tummy rolls or a mini skirt with all my cellulite on display, I'm still Imani and I still SLAY." - Writer and podcaster @Manipop_ Read other inspiring stories of #browngirlbeauty at #daremebeautiful.
"Dare me to love my natural body and embrace protective hairstyles. Growing up I wanted to emulate the glamour of video girls with long straight hair. This feeling was reinforced by guys I dated blatantly saying they didn't like braids, preferring "relaxed" hairstyles. It took years since then to switch up my hair and I'm so happy I did." - Tiffany (@hiccupbk), artist, illustrator, and digital designer 💕💕💕👸🏾👸🏾Who can relate? . . We love Fearless Fridays! What is your daring declaration of body love? Share it using #daremebeautiful for a chance to get profiled! Check more profiles in the 🔗.💕💕 #FearlessFriday
"Dare me to (love my tallness with complete admiration). Well, for most of my life I was pretty self-conscious of my body. I grew up in Orange County, CA and to say I was far from the ideal would be the understatement of the century. I was teased and called really offensive names and generally learned to hide. But, slowly but surely I realized that I didn't want a life of hiding or hating my body. So I got busy. I read books on body positivity, wrote letters to my body, praised myself in the mirror, and surrounding myself with people and images that affirmed me." -@Hannahoeko, writer. . What is your daring declaration of body love? Share it using #daremebeautiful for a chance to get profiled! 💕💕 #FearlessFriday #PureBodyLove
"Dare Me to live. Having Crohn's disease my body goes through so many ups and downs but the one thing I've learned is that the insecurities that may come from weight fluctuation or pain, shouldn't hinder me living my best life. As long as I'm healthy and can manage, I can do the things I want like create music and help others no matter how big or small I am." - @MychelleXLee, hip-hop artist, #IBD advocate . . Check out her new single "Freedom" on her Insta page. 🔥🔥🔥 Read other inspiring stories of #browngirlbeauty at #daremebeautiful. #WomensHistoryMonth #Crohns
"Dare me to embrace my lips. I remember being embarrassed about my full lips as a kid. I went to a predominantly white school and one of my classmates even took two pieces of paper and made lips on top of his to make fun of mine. It was hurtful and made me want to have thin lips so I could fit in with everyone else. (My mother) told me that once I grew up, I'd appreciate it more and I do!" -@curvygirlfitness Share your storing of embracing your body in all of its glory; use #daremebeautiful for a profile!