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in conversation with Elsie ...

our womanhood ~ chapter IV

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 Elsie about what womanhood means to her and the journey she has been on.

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I used to compare myself a lot to other womxn, I still do. I didn’t want to disappoint myself or others by not being the ‘best version of myself’. But now I've come to realise that being ‘full of yourself’ is the ultimate compliment. Everyone, especially myself, deserves the feeling of self-confidence because ‘If you’re not full of yourself, what are you full of?’.

Currently, I'm enjoying learning a lot about the internal patterns of my body. By using tracking apps (flo/clue/moody) I can predict when I'll be feeling more or less confident and will dress in ways or do exercise/activities that either emphasise or empathise with that level of confidence.

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In my mid 20’s I was exercising a lot. I came off the pill because I moved countries and my prescription ran out, but also because I wanted to see what my body was like without it (having been on it since I was 16). I didn’t get my period back for over a year and my doctor told me it was because my body was stressed from too much exercise. I chilled out in the gym and started to appreciate my body for how it was. I still catch myself pinching my stomach, but in general I'm much more comfortable in my body now than I was when I was lighter! I now see my body as something pretty amazing, especially as I see my friends and family grow babies.

I definitely appreciate my body a lot more now that I understand all the amazing things I can do with it. As a teenager you’re expected to hide the things that make you a womxn – now I can’t stop talking about how amazing it is! I take better care of myself now and I know how to dress in ways that compliment my body, not just suit the current trends.

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Elsie is wearing sets from Underprotection