in conversation with Nat
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 Nat about what womanhood means to her and the journey she has been on.
My understanding of - and relationship with - Womanhood is something that’s still very much evolving. I’d like to say I’m fully happy and confident in my own Womanhood, but it’s definitely something that needs work.
As a teenager, I always hated the way my body didn’t match the “Womanly” femininity I thought it should; I remember distinctively looking in the mirror and calling out the small size of my breasts, hips, bum, and viewing my stomach as distorted. Thinking back, I wish I could hug my little self! I used to feel very much alone in my thoughts on this, and these insecurities were something that contributed to a disordered relationship with food and body image that’s still something I’m working on.
Moving to London, meeting new people, growing in my career, living with strangers (now friends), are all things that have been game changers to me gaining a different perspective to my own Womanhood and happiness.
In mid-20s, I do feel as though less focus is made on those trivial things like - you don’t fit into a size X, therefore you’re not allowed to enjoy your day. And, you know what? I can confirm I do not fit into size X, but I’ve just got a new job, a pay rise, I’ve made amazing friendships, I’ve met an amazing person who puts a smile on my face every day, and so much more. I’m doing these things regardless of how I look - which is what I picture as the version of Womanhood I’m making for myself.
The Womanhood lingerie shoot was actually a really pivotal moment for me. I’ve loved following Womanhood on its journey in championing strong women, from different backgrounds and with all body types. It’s made me think - these are exactly the role models women should be exposed to, and I love the fact I’m able to join them in carrying on that message to other women following Womanhood!