Marie Claire Magazine shoot draws Jamaican beauties to downtown Kingston for their Beauty Road Show (& I was a part of it!)
Ahhhhhhhh!!!! Exciting news!!! Skin deep thoughts, musings on inner beauty and impeccable Jamaican sartorial taste—grace the pages of the May issue of Marie Claire Magazine that hit stands earlier this week. Now, I know I know, I hate keeping secrets from you guys but hey the cats out the bag now. The Marie Claire’s beauty team paid my little island a visit a few months back to shoot for their “Beauty Road Show” to document the street style and beauty trends of the local women in fashion. The article is titled “What I love about me” which really encourages us ladies to embrace the things we love about our self!
The shoot was held in the famous city of Kingston, Jamaica on a beautiful and sunny Saturday morning. I showed up just a tick after 12 p.m. wearing a palm print romper, paired with a bright yellow clutch and super high wedges. All of us gals met at the designated spot at our allotted times and did our individual shoot while answering questions about our favorite beauty features.
The editor noticed my BIG HAIR and my “contagious unconventional smile” gap teeth & all. Everyone focuses so much on my hair and fashion sense, so when asked what beauty feature did I love most about myself I did something different. I decided to speak about the love I have for my gap with hopes of giving another girl or woman the same strength to love their features even if others may see it as a “flaw.” It’s something we’ve been hearing for years, but still needs to be said…Nobody is perfect! Maybe it’s time we start listening…& I know, I know it may not be easy to love your freckles, your scars, your wrinkles or that extra jiggle around your tummy, but it’s time we start embracing these so called “flaws” and turning them into our triumphs.
As a child other children would tease me about my gap but as I got older I realized that celebrating a perceived flaw helps to reclaim it from negative associations. I used to hate hearing someone say to me, ‘you’re pretty for a girl with gap teeth.’ This would always leave me with mixed feelings of the term beautiful. For a very long time I felt self-conscious about my gap tooth and would beg my parents to get me braces. A so-called ‘perfect’ smile of ‘space-free-teeth’ never happened because both my parents saw my gap as added personality and charm to my look. They would tell me my gap was my trademark that would set me apart from the rest by having a feature only few people had. I’m so happy they helped me understand the power of self-love, because I learned to embrace my gap and turned what once was a perceived flaw into a signature look for myself.
I am honored, happy and grateful for this opportunity, and it has only motivated me to keep going for my dreams. A big thank you to Marie Claire and their team for finding my blog and contacting little ol’ me to be in their magazine. Major props to their photographer Mark Lim for the wicked close-up shot he captured of me and to the editor Joy Hernon for making Marie Claire‘s “May Beauty Roadshow” photo shoot such a fun and comfortable experience.
I am so pleased with the overall outcome of the two page spread showcasing how diverse the beauty in us Jamaican women are. The magazine captured our motto “out of many one people.” The faces that graced this months issue shows diversity in age, race, facial features and so much more. Remember we are all beautiful and unique in our own way, and you can’t expect to look at a group of women and fit them all into some standard of beauty….we need to look at every woman individually and see how their faces are shaped, the way they wear their hair, the color of their eyes and of their skin and just their overall appearance. Women are beautiful-no matter what age, no matter their skin tone and no matter what size.
Lets see what else is in store for StylishLee. As always, thank you so much for reading. Before you go I would love for you to comment below if you have any “imperfections” that you have learned to love and embrace and also tell me what is your favorite beauty feature and why. Talk soon, Nuff Love, Natasha ♥