I’m sure most of us have been exposed to the buzz surrounding the breakout actress, Lupita Nyong’o since she took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. This beautiful woman moved most of us when she graced the Oscar stage and delivered a heartfelt and sincerely humble acceptance speech, which she concluded by saying, “No matter where […]
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Since I am on a roll with the Hepburn theme lately, I thought it appropriate to create an Audrey quote montage. Let’s start with my personal favorite, shall we?
I have been an Audrey Hepburn fan for a long time. She was a great actress, of course, and the movies she starred in are among some of my favorites. My introduction to the great Ms. Hepburn was about ten years ago when I saw the 1954 romantic comedy, Sabrina, which remains one of my […]
In the January Issue (#6) of SDE, in my Book Fetish, I HIGHLY recommended the Nancy Tillman You Are Loved series. (You can find this Book Fetish article in Issue 6 of SDE Magazine) As I was browsing for gifts for my niece (who just turned one), I came across this exciting gem! Now you […]
WE ARE ALL INSPIRED BY SOMETHING. For me, I would have to say that music is one of my biggest sources of inspiration. I love discovering new music. I definitely have several playlists containing music that inspires me simply because the beat is fun and makes me want to dance along with it, or because […]
About Skin Deep Exposures
A CALL TO ACTION: In a world where the beauty of an individual is often judged purely by what can be seen from the outside, it is important to be able to look inside to find true and lasting beauty. When that beauty is realized, a self-worth emerges that cannot be taken from us. It brings strength and a magic unlike any other that shines through and becomes an inspiration to those around us.
THE WHY: There is no denying physical attractiveness. There are people in the world who are extremely pleasant to look at. They are the faces coveted for the cover of magazines, ad campaigns and commercials. But those faces, those photographs we see in mainstream media, [most of which have been manipulated and air brushed into something fantastical] do they hold the key to what it means to be beautiful? Is that the real life standard that we are to hold ourselves up against? Each of us has been created in such a unique way. The cookie- cutter mold that we are encouraged to cram ourselves into eventually becomes a prison of either shame or false pretense.
We have so much more to offer beyond the outside packaging! Why does our outward appearance so often become our quantifying quality? We often become weighed down from a young age by the perceptions of who and what we should look like and we find ourselves constantly falling short. As we develop, we don’t know how to see ourselves for who we really are. Our appearance is constantly changing, yet we are encouraged to throw all of our eggs in that basket even as we are all but guaranteed front row seats to its gradual unraveling. It is no wonder that crippling insecurity haunts so many women and girls. For the most part, many of us have no idea who we are. There are so many complex layers that make us the daughter, the sister, the wife, the mother, the friend who is loved and cherished by those around us. What we look like on the outside is always changing, often outside of our control. As we live in the insecurity of that change, we pass a message of unhealthy identity onto the next generation.
We would like to make it clear that we are under no impression that we are making some sort of novel breakthrough here. This is an issue that has been recognized and fought against on many a battleground! We do not presume to think that through this humble project we will somehow change the world, that is not our goal.
The goal is simply to affect a handful of lives, giving a few women a small nudge in discovering themselves and emitting that discovery to those around them. We hope to inspire a few to become an example to those watching them, learning from them and developing a sense of identity in regards to them.