modeling again – eeek!

A couple of months ago,  I decided I could use a break from modeling. I was stuck in a rut, didn’t know what I really wanted, and I’m a true believer that distance can bring wisdom. And it did! As time went by, I realized how much I love modeling, and how much I missed it, so Idecided to pick it up again.
Luckily for me, my boyfriend is a photographer, so I asked him if he wanted to do a photoshoot with me. I had been “out of the running” for a while so I was actually really nervous, maybe even more nervous than for my first shoot! But he was patient and supportive, and I slowly felt my model-confidence return.
Here are the results. It was a short shoot, so not a whole lot of pictures to share… but who needs a bunch of pictures when there is this one shot that is so great that you feel happy just by looking at it? It made me realize that all the fears and insecurities I had before are totally unnecessary. They existed only in my head. And even though they were only tiny bumps in the road towards my goals, they had started to feel like mountains in my mind. I am very happy that I can now look forward again, with more peace of mind, drive, passion and inspiration than ever before.
You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.
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photographer Arno Nieuwhof

dressing for your bodytype?

I showed my blog to someone close to me and got the comment that I should really wear longer skirts, because my legs are a bit too big to wear short clothing. I’m sure she meant well, but it bugged me. My outfits are about what I like, my own style, finding my own identity; not about what is most flattering. I happen to really like my legs and I personally think they look great, but even if they don’t…  so what? How does my choice to flaunt less-than-perfect parts of me affect you? Should I stop wearing short skirts just because my legs are big? Always cover my arms? Never wear an oversized top or an open back? Wear A-line, over-the-knee skirts for the rest of my life?

I’m sure you’ve all seen it a thousand times: fashion “rules” for flattering garments on different bodytypes.  I never really got that. I mean, does it come in handy sometimes to know which shapes flatter you and  which don’t? Sure! But staying inside that little box and constantly following the rules, how boring is that? I think it’s important to know the rules, but to also have the confidence to throw them overboard and wear whatever you feel like wearing.

 
 

I applaud girls with big arms who proudly go sleeveless. I admire girls with a tummy who rock a bodycon dress. Kudos to all the women out there with chubby legs who wear a short skirt with their head held high. Your confidence is inspiring to me, and I hope to carry on that inspiration to others some day. This blog is a celebration of personal style, of wearing whatever you feel like wearing even if it’s not “flattering” or “slimming”, of loving your body no matter your size or shape, and not being afraid to flaunt what others may want you to hide. Just remember: