Hello World. A month ago I was invited to join a project called “Bloom like no Other”. This project spearheaded by Shanique Thalia Plato or @Unicornniqui as she is known on the gram, started when she saw a need as a teacher, to address positive body image, values and confidence amongst girls.
Apprehensively I said yes and what started as a photo-shoot quickly bloomed (see what I did there) into a workshop that will be offered at schools. Specifically targeted at girls, we workshop, empower, encourage and help our young girls in hopes of creating a safe space where they can express themselves, challenge the way they see the world and offer our help in whatever form that may be.
Growing up I never saw girls who looked like me in magazines, which is why sparking conversations around body positivity excites me . Today you can turn on the television or page through a magazine and see brands using all body types for campaigns, which feels amazing. We still have a long way to go but this is .. a start. If we can change the dialogue girls are having about their bodies then maybe we can show them that they are worthy of love, self care and respect regardless of the size of their dress.
As we develop this programme we also want to introduce the “Bloom Girl , Blossom Bag”. This care pack will contain the essentials for young girls. If you would like to contribute to this project, please let us know. As always thank you for reading xx