Astrid Februarie is a full-time journalist at Media24. And now also a Laikin Photography contributor. Below Astrid reflects on life, struggles and one hell of a photo shoot that we did. Scroll down to read and see more…
You have a lot of hair, you have small ears, a flat nose and why don’t you use eyeliner on your bottom lids to make your eyes appear smaller.
You also have very thick lips and your hands wow you have man hands…
These are words I heard almost daily as I was growing up and each and everyone someone said it, it hurt.
Most of the time I didn’t know how to react to those insults. I simply learned to accept them as fact. That in fact I was not pretty or perceived as beautiful because of my features. They were deemed as imperfections and because I believed those insults I had an extremely low self-esteem and I did not love myself and my features.
But because I grew up in a home where my parents loved me and always encouraged me to stop listening to those insults. I learned to love myself and with time I started to fall in love with myself and each and every one of my feature that was deemed imperfect.
Today I can proudly say that I am falling in love with who I am and what God has created. I also have to give credit to the amazing friends and my family for always complimenting me and making me feel good about myself.
And with that, I’ve started to appreciate my kroes hair, my bossiekop, my flat nose and small ears because each part of me makes me, me.
Laikin you have empowered me through this amazing photo shoot, you have given me physical evidence that my features are as beautiful as the next person. I feel that you have taken me out of my comfort zone and given me a new lease on life by capturing the parts of me that were never loved.
Thank you for the fun and exciting opportunity. You are an amazing photographer and a great friend. I am very happy that you were able to capture me at my most vulnerable. You are magic behind the lens.