“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
In the past years, we as women have pushed the bar and made this quote the contrary.
We live in a world where we were all created different which is okay because that is what ultimately makes us who we are as individuals, especially we as women. In that regard, it is only right for us to recognize and celebrate our differences.
All over social media today, you will find the hashtag #IWD2016 to commemorate important women inventors/creators of the past, present and future all around the world.
Here is our version of some women we deem great inspirers who recognize and accept their difference from what we see in everyday mainstream. It has been because of them and their shameless self-love, that we too have recognized our own unique differences and celebrate it loud and proud!
1. Kyemah McEntyre broke the Internet around the word last year with her beautifully crafted African print prom dress. She taught young and grown women alike that we can dare to be different and once we embrace our beauty, the world will too. And that is exactly what happened!!!
From head to toe, this young woman owned her confidence and gave us all life!
She did it again this week with a very unique and inspirational piece that she designed and painted for the BET Honors. Bantu Knots, Head Wraps and Afro galore is what you saw in her beautiful piece.
2. Viola Davis is truly amazing and was one of the many who wasn’t afraid to steer from mainstream and flaunt her lovely coils to the Emmy’s.
She also made history by being the first black woman to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama. She was certainly deserving of it.
These are just a couple of women to name a few who have made it their ability to recognize, accept, and celebrate their differences.
At one point in our lives, all we saw were ads and printed material of hair and fashion that we had to accept as what it was because it was deemed as mainstream. Until we realized that our own differences were something to be embraced and honored first within ourselves and to the “mainstream.”
We appreciate blog sites such as Curly Nikki, Madame Noire, Around the Way Curls, Natural Hair Rules, and many more that welcome to the world the concept that as women, we are all different and have the ability to celebrate our individual differences to the fullest!
Happy #IWD2016 AKA International Women’s Day!