My name is Atinuke Olubunmi Akindiya. I love keeping up with trending fashion styles, however, I personally define my fashion. My reason is simple, I believe that you don’t have to follow the crowd. You can be unique, stand out and still be beautiful. Honestly if you do so, people will love you for it, many of them will imitate you and viola! You would have created your own fashion style. I..
Look at me smiling from ear to ear in the cover picture.. Honestly though, I haven’t always been this happy..
I used to be the girl that never liked her body.
Growing up, I was really really thin plus my hands and feet were tiny.. No wrist watch could size me.. My lips were very full and then to make matters worse, I grew very fast.. So, I was officially the tallest girl in my class..
The worst time ever was during morning assembly.. I always had to stand at the back because I was the tallest. Lord knows how much I prayed to be just normal like the rest of my classmates..
I remember eating all sorts of food to gain weight.. That was the funniest part because it seemed the more food I ate, the slimmer I got..
In my school, thin girls were mocked as being “lepa”, while plus size girls were also laughed at as being “orobo”.. So whether you were slim or chubby, you got a terrible nickname..
It was at this point, it finally dawned on me that you can never please the world.. People will always have a standard of how you should be and how you should live your life..
But the truth is we all have different body shapes, different sizes and different clocks..
So true beauty comes from within.. It comes from the heart and your personality..
Right now, what I focus on is developing that inner beauty.. Being friendly and nice, learning to help others and loving everyone I meet..
In all honesty, I will never be 100% happy with my body but that’s okay because no one is perfect..
In the meantime I love my body confidently..
The fullness of my lips and the sway of my hips, all of it beautiful..
So dear reader, never ever let anyone body shame you.. You are you.. You are uniquely beautiful.. That is your power so embrace it..
Till next time, stay safe..
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