The YBIF series was started as a result of a book I started writing many years ago, “Your Body Is Fabulous: Dress Like It,” because I feel style and fashion is nothing if you don’t love the body you’re dressing. So, every Thursday I feature a lovely lady, bloggers as well as other gorgeous ladies I know or meet, who tell us what makes their bodies fabulous! The purpose is to empower women to to accept and love their bodies’ as they are by showing women with various body types, skin colors, hair textures, and more. This week I share with you, the fabulous Kiah of From Rez To The City!
What makes your body fabulous?
God made it! The human body really is an amazing creation!
What is your favorite thing about how you look? And why?
I have a uniquie mixture of African American and Native American features yet everyone always thinks I’m Hawaiian or Filipino. It’s so fun to have people guess my ethnic background because they almost NEVER choose the 2 things that I am! lol
What are your favorite things to wear to flatter your body or just help you feel good?
Maxi dresses flatter my body. To just help me feel good? Humm….SUNNIES…I love my sunglasses! I can throw them on when I’m not wearing any makeup and instantly feel fabulous! 😉
When it comes to finding clothes, what are some issues you come across? And how do you solve them?
The top area of shirts/jackets/dresses are always too large on me because I have to go up in size in order to fit my tummy and hips. I solve this problem by wearing cami’s under and belts over tops and dresses. When jackets are too large, I opt for something a bit form fitting underneath to give me balance.
What role do you think the media plays in body acceptance?
We often think that being thin brings health, happiness and success. The media plays a role in this perception, as it almost always ties success, acceptance and happiness with being thin and white. These images can have a very negative impact on anyone who does not look like this. Women and young girls who don’t look like this become very critical of their own bodies which can lead to depression, eating disorders and even suicide. Magazines, TV, internet, etc. all play a role in this misconception. This misconception is the main reason why I started my blog. I wanted to join the other body acceptance cruisaders who strive to prove these images false by proving (with their own examples) that no matter your size, shape or ethnic background…you are beautiful and you can be successful and happy!
What are your thoughts on female body acceptance and appreciation?
I believe that all women are beautiful no matter her shape, size, height, skin color or hair length because we were all formed in God’s image. He created us and we look exactly how He wants us to look. We’re all beautiful in His sight. I think the greatest thing about God’s idea of beauty is that it comes from within!! If only we all viewed beauty with His perception…what a wonderful world this would be!
OMG, I <3 this lady!! Isn’t Kiah amazing? I love her recurring thought of being fabulous/beautiful because God made her/you that way. The world would certainly be a better place if women everywhere realized they’re beautiful simply because God made them that way (no other reason necessary)!