In conversation with Genesia
As part of our latest campaign, we invited our followers to take part in a shoot for womanhood. As with all our campaigns, images are untouched.
We chat to Genesia about what womanhood means to her and the journey she has been on.
"Currently, I’d say I’m on a healthy journey with my womanhood, I’ve been through a lot of battling what it means to be a woman and what it looks like. The thoughts of being smaller and more gentle, or delicate, is something I still struggle with. But, I like to surround myself with strong female-presenting people of all descriptions. They’re all so strong and that helps me to keep my idea of womanhood defined within what I want it to be and no one else."
I have always loved being female and embracing womanhood is something I’ve been taught my whole life. But the box that being a woman puts us in can be suffocating so being a teenager I struggled being hairier, bigger (or in later years balder!) than other women. I found myself needing to be quieter or trying to take up less space growing up in order to feel I was acceptable but seeing more and more women own their own space and time so fiercely helped me grow into someone who does the same.
I grew up seeing diets everywhere, and in my own house too. I was always aware of my body and how it was, in many ways, different from those around me. I remember doing the 5:2 diet at fifteen years old and thinking about things like calories. My relationship with my body isn’t perfect and I could definitely treat it better, but I have to remind myself of how far I came from really hating my body to being able to take pictures in underwear!
I found that when I shaved my head I became so much more accepting of myself because I’d cut that tie to what was ‘normal’ for someone female-presenting. I found lots of YouTubers and Instagrammers who had similar bodies to me or were proud of the individuality of their body and I think that was also so helpful in unlearning lots of what had been spoonfed to me from young.
I think if I’d been reminded that our bodies are vessels for our souls and that they do the job of helping us love, create and live, I’d have seen my body in a very different way. That our worth lies in what we put into the world, and that everyone is deserving of a space in the world and of love, regardless of what their body looks like.
Treat yourself as your favourite person and speak to yourself with words you’d use with them.
Remember that everyone’s world revolved around them and rightly so, you’re the one person living your life so be your biggest supporter, your greatest love and the best friend.