INSPIRATION FOR THE MIND, HEART, AND SOUL

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+ Dejah Greene

one: what is your name and where are you located ?

D - My name is Dejah Greene and I reside in the state of Maryland. 

two: what do you feel is your calling in life ?

D - I think my calling in life is to document life through photographs and raise awareness to social issues that focus around black individuals

three: when did you realize your self-worth and how has this journey of self-discovery been for you ? what have you learned the most about yourself ?

D - My journey of self-discovery is still in motion and it is honestly a rocky one. I have suffered from major depressive episodes over the years and that has made it hard to realize my own self worth sometimes. But, even though I struggle with some hurdles here and there, I still thank my mother, my friends and photography for showing me how much my life matters. I realized my self worth when I thought I had nothing to live for. 

four: how has your struggles helped you to become a better woman ?

D - I think my struggles with depression and low self esteem has made my spirit stronger. It can be really hard to battle the demons in your mind because you are fighting yourself. I had to start from the very bottom of depressive episodes and work my way up to realize that I am important and worthy. And as a black woman it can be hard to realize this sometimes because the mainstream media wants us to hate ourselves so bad. But I realized that the more comfortable I become in my own skin, the more I perfect my skill and encourage other women to believe in themselves and stand up for themselves, the stronger my spirit becomes. I think this has made me become a better woman because I realize that we do not have to live up to such a perfect standard to be considered worthy. Women can be strong and vulnerable at the same time. We can cry our eyes out and still be powerful. Showing emotion and imperfections do not make us flawed and unworthy, just human.

five: who or what motivates you to create ?

D - Black women inspire me every day because we are such a strong group of people. 

six: what is your long time passion in life ?

D - My longtime passion in life is to continue to create beautiful art with my photography and raise awareness about social issues, specifically issues that center around black individuals.

seven: if you could give any tips or advice to the young girls and women around the world who suffer with loving and accepting who they are, what would you say ?

D - There are a couple things I would suggest. First I would suggest starting a diary. Diaries can become great companions because they are a nonjudgmental entity someone can write anything in. Use a diary to write down the things you like about yourself, things you find fun, things you want to do in the future. Next, I would suggest taking a few minutes of your day to dedicate speaking positive things to yourself in front of a mirror. It may seem silly at first but speaking positive things into existence can possibly really help someone overcome negative feelings about themselves. I would also like to remind young girls that loving and accepting yourself is a journey. Loving oneself does not happen overnight for everyone. There are negative external forces that affect the way we think about ourselves but we do not have to let those forces control us. 

eight: what do you feel needs to be told to our beautiful women of color ? do you feel that us women of color hear those words often ? if not, what can we do as a community to change that. . .

D - Women of color need to be told that they are beautiful a lot more. In our country, European beauty standards are ideal and this can contradict how young women of color think they are supposed to look. They focus so much on European traits such as blonde hair, blue eyes and fairer skin that they do not realize they possess an abundance of beauty already. Women of color need to be told that they are great and beautiful just the way that they are a lot more often to cancel out the negative influences of the mainstream media. Women of color also must realize that their beauty does not depend on the acceptance of other white people. White people do not need to tell women of color they are beautiful for women of color to believe it. I think as a community we need to be better at recognizing our own beauty and practice shying away from European standards of beauty.

Are there any social media links that you'd like to share, if so please do not hesitate to leave the links down below.

D - Instagram: Greeneuphorias

Tumblr: www.greeneuphorias.tumblr.com

Website: www.dejahgreene.weebly.com

Facebook: Dejah Greene Photos