Have you ever felt that you aren’t beautiful, because your look isn’t celebrated in the media? You are not alone. Ararose model Nalisa shares her story of being bullied for her looks earlier in her life. Read her story of how she grew into a confident person who now creates her own definition of beauty.
First name: Nalisa
Profession: Digital Marketing Executive
Ararose Dress Size: Large
What is your favourite/most inspiring quote?
“They may call me a sinner but I am at peace with myself.” – Brigitte Bardot
What does empowerment mean to you?
What part of your body do you love the most?
It’s funny how I used to hate it when I was a kid but it’s my hair. I think it stands out and makes me different from most which I love now.
What is your favourite quality about your personality?
I guess I’m chill. I avoid drama whatsoever, especially petty drama. I like listening/watching it as a guilty pleasure but to get involved? It’s not my thing.
When you were growing up, can you remember becoming aware of what you looked like? Were you influenced by anything in particular?
Definitely. I was very insecure about my body to the point I had an eating disorder in my teen years. I wanted to look slim, fair and have straight hair like everybody else because I stood out so much as a kid and was bullied a lot. I had no one to look up to. Media was constantly bombarded with slim, fair, and Asian or white girls that I believed was the definition of beauty, and I was none of those.
What insecurities have you overcome which were at one stage holding you back?
My body. It’s only late last year I decided to fuck all and love my body. I started slowly wearing clothes I’ve always wanted to wear. Show a little bit of skin and the rest is history. Though I still feel insecure about my body from time to time, but on most days I’m good.
Who do you look up to and why?
My mom for her passion of her kids and her patience and my aunt for independence. I believe happiness isn’t having a man or what societal norms expect it to be. It’s when you’re whole with yourself and accept every flaws you have.
What advice would you like to share with other women?
Stop giving a shit about what society might think of you and have fun.
If you could give advice to your 12 year old self, what would you tell her?
Study hard and get yourself a scholarship. Don’t bother taking any creative major here. Pick up finance and work your way there.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Chill in my room, listening to some good R&B, watch some Netflix and blaze up.
Find Nalisa on Instagram: @nalisaliamin