“I was so self-conscious about my size that I wore baggy clothes to hide my figure and did everything I could to remain unnoticed,” states Alyssa Taylor!
There are many women, and men, in this world who are self-conscious. In High School, I recall my sister saying that her friend’s said: “Wow is your sister anorexic?” That was blow to me because I wasn’t, I was born this way. We can’t change the way we were born, but what we can do is begin to embrace every inch of our body and accept ourselves for we we are.
Be sure to check out Alyssa Taylor’s entire interview in defining beauty, being self-conscious, and learning to love herself:
DEFINE WHAT BEAUTY MEANS TO YOU? To me, beauty is much more than just physical appearance. It’s more of a feeling. When someone lets go of all reservations and insecurities to dress however they want, they feel great about themselves. Confidence is beauty.
AS A CHILD DID YOU HATE A CERTAIN FEATURE, IF SO, DID YOU BEGIN EMBRACING IT LATER ON? For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been plus size. I was bullied all throughout elementary school up until I graduated high school for being overweight. I was so self-conscious about my size that I wore baggy clothes to hide my figure and did everything I could to remain unnoticed.
DO YOU FEEL THAT THE INNER BEAUTY IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE OUTER BEAUTY? Absolutely, if not more important. Outer beauty is only a quick glimpse in the mirror, or a glimpse of someone passing by; it fades over time. But inner beauty is what people really connect with. A beautiful heart will go further than a pretty face.
AS WOMEN WE ARE CONSTANTLY WORKING ON OUR INNER BEAUTY: DO YOU FEEL THAT ONCE YOU BEGAN TO NOT CARE ABOUT WHAT OTHERS THOUGHT ABOUT YOU EVERYTHING BEGAN TO FALL INTO PLACE? DID YOU FIND YOUR CALLING IN THAT? Yes, I was so concerned with what everyone thought about my body that it caused me to be unhappy with myself. I was terrified of people seeing my thighs, arms, and stomach. But, I was so upset that I couldn’t wear clothes that I thought were cute. Once I realized that I didn’t care what others thought about me, it gave me the freedom to wear things I never would have worn before. It was very liberating to leave behind other’s opinions.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE WORLD IS MISSING IN THE SCOPE OF WOMEN ROLE MODELS? HOW CAN WE CHANGE THAT? I would love to see more philanthropic women role models. The kind of women who are doing the less glamorous work and bettering the lives of others. If more young girls saw that, I feel it would shape society into better people who are more interested in helping others before themselves.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUNGER GIRLS COMING INTO THEIR OWN? Learn to love yourself. Its advice that we hear all the time, but we only understand the importance of it once it’s achieved. Loving yourself after years of being ashamed is difficult and a long road to go down, but once you get there that’s when real happiness starts. Life gets so much better and you enjoy it so much more!
ARE THERE ANY UPCOMING PROJECTS OR PROJECTS YOU ARE WORKING ON NOW THAT YOU CAN SPEAK ABOUT? Not quite! But follow me on my adventure through my Instagram pages @alyssamegantaylor and @beauty2shoes. I can’t wait for all of you to see what I have in store!