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in conversation with Alice

our womanhood ~ chapter III

As part of our latest campaign, we invited our community to take part in a shoot for womanhood. As with all our images, they remain untouched. 

We had a chat with Alice about what womanhood means to her and the journey she has been on.

"I feel like my journey with womanhood is continuous, it is something that is always evolving. When I was younger, I felt differently about what womanhood means, and I’m sure as I get older I’ll feel differently to what I do now.
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When I was young I didn’t really have any solid notions of what womanhood was. I was surrounded by art that depicted strong women and musicians that I could relate to. As I got older, I found that these things were no longer in fashion. I felt very isolated from what society was telling me what it was to be a woman.

It felt that women who didn’t live up to the stereotype of femininity were pushed out; and, I felt like I was not becoming the kind of woman who would fit in.

In my teenage years I found solace in music and great female role models that came with it. But, I still felt that somehow I wasn’t succeeding at being a woman. I didn’t fit the type of woman who had long hair, skirts and high heels. Now I’m older, I still sometimes struggle with the idea of womanhood and my place in it, but I try to see that womanhood is what you make it and how you interpret it.

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I only really started being aware of my body image when I was a teenager. I remember thinking I needed to be thin to be accepted but as I was slim, it wasn’t really something I spent too much time thinking about. I realised that I thought this because I’d had my appearance picked at by certain family members for as long as I could remember.

In my 20s I developed a disordered eating. I exercised too much and had a general self-loathing. This is something that I never thought I would experience in my late 20s and into my early 30s. Counselling has helped me to get to grips with the relationship that I have with my body but it’s definitely a relationship that needs work to be sweet. I still struggle with the idea that my body isn’t as disgusting as I think it is, when I’m not the same shape of women I see in magazines and on film - but it is something that I am working on."

Alice wears the Lilac and Black sets by The Nude Label