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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.

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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. 

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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!

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