Naked but NOT AFRAID
I have never been comfortable with being naked. And by naked I mean no makeup, no clothes, bare….being intimidatingly vulnerable. Disclaimer… I am talking about being naked with myself…. So for all of you weirdos out there…. This isn't like that at all feel free to leave this page immediately....that means you Grandma! :)
Okay…. Back to the business. I pride myself in stripping away insecurities for other women with an experience that allows them to rebuild their confidence. However, when it comes to myself, I am still a work in progress in regards to this being comfortable whilst being naked thing. Being naked, has always been an insecurity of mine as I have never been in love with my body or my skin. I have acne and hair that grows in weird places, like my neck and the side of my face. I carry my weight in all of the wrong places, and I have this birth mark on my chest. My self-esteem has been seriously affected by all of these little things.
So why Naked but NOT AFRAID?
It all started when I saw an article on Facebook of all places, of a woman who went makeup free for a week! Seriously, makeup free! Not even tinted moisturizers. I thought to myself… In order to push myself to out of my comfort zone, I am going to try this. I will say that I was grossly inspired to start my Naked but NOT AFRAID series because I am a makeup addict, HI I AM ALEXANDRIA AND I AM ADDICTED TO MAKEUP, there I said it. I am not saying that makeup is a bad thing or being your true self is being makeup free, because I personally think makeup is an awesome form of artistic/self expression, but there was a point that I realized I was becoming too reliant upon makeup …. like Alex…. You can't go out of the house without makeup? Why?
The goal of Naked but NOT AFRAID is to free myself from using makeup to cover up who I am. I was using make-up to cover up my insecurities, insecurities that I should be working to embrace. I hope to free myself from society's pressure and standard of beauty imposed on women. This is something that I have been wanting to do for a long time and I cannot wait to see it come to life. My hope is that more women will embrace who they are and feel comfortable being in their own skin. This series is my way of giving myself the push I needed to own every part of who I am.
So here I am naked… but slightly afraid… slightly afraid of what people will think, slightly afraid of being too vulnerable. But these fears I am willing to overcome, for the sake of the women who come to me and pour their heart outs. So this is for you guys. I want nothing more than to stand up to society for you and say FUCK YOU, I am naked, but NOT AFRAID. I don't need makeup to feel beautiful, sexy, or powerful. AND YOU DON'T EITHER. (unless you want to of course)