All you need is YOU.
"I wanted to run to the top of the Empire State Building and make an announcement, to let them know that they are worth SO much more than this. That they don't need to wrangle some warm body to sit next to them just so they are not alone on holidays. That they should never let a magazine, or dating site, or match maker monster tell them they're in a lower bracket of desirability because of their age, or weight, or sense of humor. That they don't deserve to be manipulated into thinking this is something they should strive for."
"LOVE YOURSELF. You don't need a man, or a boy, or a self proclaimed love expert to tell you what you're worth. Your power comes from who you are and what you do. You don't need all that noise. That constant hum in the background telling you whether or not you're good enough. All you need is YOU...."
"I'm not bullet proof. And I'm sure I'm not alone in this. As women we relive our fears all the time. Despite our best efforts to build each other up and truly love ourselves. It happens. And when it does... sometimes I wanna quit... being a woman altogether. I wanna throw my hands in the air after reading a mean twitter comment and say 'ALRIGHT! You've got me. You've figured me out! I'm not pretty. I'm not thin. I don't deserve love. I have no right to use my voice....' So much has changed about me since I was that confident and happy girl in high school. In the years since then I've experienced a lot of desperation and self doubt. But in a way, I've come full circle. I know my worth. I embrace my power. I SAY IF I'M BEAUTIFUL. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story. I WILL. I'll speak, and share, and fuck, and love. And I will NEVER apologize for it. I am amazing FOR you, not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my Mother. I AM MYSELF. And I am all of you."
-The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
What Miss L had to say about her experience....
"So, I debated whether to post these or not, but I had to.
Most of you know that I am an open book when it comes to my past and present struggles. I believe that if my story can help someone else, then why would I hide it? So why wouldn't I share me overcoming one of my biggest issues?
I have always hated my body.
To say I was self conscious was a huge understatement. At a young age I became bulimic. I have been to countless therapy sessions. I've talked to nutritionists and was even hospitalized.
I eventually overcame bulimia. But the hate I had for myself never went away...
I always thought that I would love myself once I lost the weight.
I started going to the gym and started eating like a bird. I was happy with the number on the scale, but I still hated my body.
It didn't matter if I was overweight or underweight.
It was never good enough.
It didn't matter how many times people told me I was beautiful... I was disgusted.
I have never hated anyone as much as I hated myself.
I heard about Kelley and The Boudoir Belle on Facebook. I heard the stories from all the Belles before me... They said she helped them find the beauty in themselves. I looked through all of the photos of women in all different shapes and sizes, and they were all stunning.
I wanted to find the beauty in me too, but I didn't really believe it could happen to me. I just knew that I would see my pictures and I wouldn't like what I saw. Because how could I? I've never liked the person in the mirror.
That changed yesterday. I found the beauty in me just like they said I would.
All the doctors, therapists, and nutritionists in the world couldn't do what Kelley did for me. People telling you that you are beautiful is great, but it doesn't compare to showing you. I feel beautiful.
This experience was worth every single penny. "