+ Shana Bea
THE IN MY SKIN PROJECT SERIES & SHANA BEA.
One: What is your name & Where are you located?
SB - My name is Shana Bea and I'm located in Los Angeles, California.
Two: What do you feel is your calling in life ?
SB - I believe that I was put on this earth to touch the lives of young women who feel like they don't have a voice. It is my desire to encourage young women to push past their discomfort and share their stories. I want to create a space for young women to thrive and live, fully.
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 ?
SB - Growing up, I struggled with feeling accepted. I was loved deeply but always felt misunderstood. When I graduated high school and left for college my journey to self-discovery began. Being thrust into a whole new world, I was forced to learn to accept myself regardless if anyone else around me did. I soon learned the only person I had to fall back on emotionally was myself. I experienced a great deal of hurt, from embarrassment to outright rejection from teams, friends, and the education system, but I never stopped moving. My hardships and discomfort led me to closer to self-acceptance and self-love. No matter what I went through, I had to know for myself, that I was still worthy of feeling love and belonging. I learned that despite my scars, I still mattered, and would always matter. That realization was freeing. This internal battle of acceptance almost took me out, but instead I chose to turn my wounds into wisdom and become the woman that I wanted to be.
Four: How has your struggles helped you to become a better woman?
SB - Every dissatisfying interaction, every hard lesson, and every heartbreak, opened my eyes to the parts of me that needed improving. I chose to be aware of what I needed to change in order to be my best self, instead of looking to blame all the negativity around me. I have been hurt and I have hurt other people, but I refused to let the world turn my heart cold. I did the work and by work, I mean the work that changes you from the inside out; heart soul, & mind. This is the work that strips you of everything and fills you up again, leaving you renewed and ready for whatever comes your way.
Five: Who or what motivates you to create?
SB - I am my own muse, so I motivate myself to create. I have a vision for my life that I don't discuss openly and freely with many people, so self-motivation is imperative. I actively work towards my goals, trust the process and believe wholeheartedly that what is meant to be, will be. There are a few influential women that I tune into for empowerment and inspiration, but I don't depend on anyone to motivate me. As I expressed, my life has been anything but easy, but I'm fortunate for those experiences and I feel as if it would be a disservice to myself to not allow those experiences to flow through me and into my work.
Six: What is your long time passion in life ?
SB - Well I have several passions. Health and wellness, which includes mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness, has always been a passion of mine. For the greater part of my life, I played sports. So naturally, exercise and clean eating govern my world, and continue to influence everything I do. Although the black community is growing in its awareness of physical health; mental, spiritual, and emotional health is largely ignored in the black community. Ive written a book, given many talks, and surrounded myself with people who care as much about all-around health as I do. Another main passion of mine is obviously fashion, and since it is one of the greatest forms of self-expression, I use my brand to incorporate all the things I love, which includes promoting health and wellness, and sustainable, eco-friendly fashion. All of these variables have led me to Love, Beatrice. Love, Beatrice is a genuine representation of who I am and what I'm passionate about.
Seven: If you could give any tips or advice to young girls / women around the world who suffer with loving and accepting who they are, what would you say?
SB - My advice to young women would be to simply, show yourself. Don't hide pieces of who you are in order to make other people feel more comfortable. Being unapologetically you, is a radical form of self-care + self-love. As women, we are shown the many ways in which we are unprotected, unloved and not worthy of respect. It is up to us to show up, respect each other as women and love ourselves. We don't have to wait for others to give us what we already embody. I encourage every young woman of color to stand in her truth, radiate beauty and continue pressing forward.
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 ?
SB - Black women are a life force. I feel that we need to be reminded of our magic as often as possible. We stand in the front lines for our men and our children and this needs to be largely recognized. We bend, but we don't break.The only way to change how black women are treated within our community is to have open and honest conversations about it. A conversation where the intent is not only to be heard but to listen. We are growing in our acceptance of our magic, even though the world continues to try to shut it down; once we can collectively come together and put all of our strength, beauty, and exuberance together there will be nothing in this world that can stop us or even come close.
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SB - Lovebeatrice.us