Strong Women Lift Each Other Up. Period
When I was a little girl, I remember my mother putting herself and other women down; as I grew older, most of the girls and young women I knew did the same thing. I remember walking with my mother past another woman on the street once, and she whispered in my ear,“Look at those thunder thighs” and then explained to me why I never want to “let myself go” like that woman had done. She would also restrict her food and comment on what she was eating. She, and most of her friends, seemed as if they were always on diets. My mother wanted me to look and act a certain way. As a teenager, coming into my own, I felt compelled to react against it: I remember borrowing a coat from a male friend that was huge on me, and consisted mostly of safety pins. I should also mention that I had recently cut all my hair off and dyed it white blonde. She wouldn’t even let me walk near her because she was so embarrassed, asking me how could I make myself look so ugly when I was so pretty. Her comments really took a toll. When I became pregnant with my daughter, I vowed to treat her and myself differently, I am so proud of the strong, mindful woman she’s become. As some of you may know my daughter plays rugby with Harvard’s first women’s varsity rugby team.
A few months ago, we were so honored the team chose KYB as the location to shoot their Rugged Grace photo shoot. Have you seen it yet? If not, it ROCKS and so do these women! It’s so great to see that when they’re not charging their opponents, they are tackling the body love revolution. One of the most interesting things that happened during that photo shoot was to hear about how amazing the girls felt about their bodies. They created a safe and creative space to explore and support their strengths, differences and team energy. This photo project was featured on ESPN, Time, Cosmopolitan, Good Morning America, Huffington Post and countless other news outlets.
We were so inspired by these young women that we decided to do a new photo shoot for our KYB teachers. Once we were in a new space, we knew we needed to more accurately show who we are and what we do.
We chose to work with, hands down, one of the best photographers in the business these days. And, best of all, she’s wicked local! If you don’t know about Kristin Chalmers, CLICK HERE now to see her work. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her on several occasions. (She was my wedding photographer, and I hosted an art show for her photos that addressed Autism.). Not only is she one of the most amazing people I know but she generous and kind, and elevates any situation she walks into. After our own photo shoot, we felt closer as a group of teachers and we felt BEAUTIFUL! Just like the Rugged Grace campaign, in the process of taking the KYB photos, we joined in with the community and created such a positive vibration that we still feel today. We hope you can see it in the photos! CLICK HERE to view some of the photos.
Before I go, I also wanted to mention Gisele Bündchen’s amazing Under Armour campaign. Have you seen it? If not, you should! We love Gisele here at KYB. A few months ago she supported our charity campaign, “Feel Good, Do Good, Be Good”. CLICK HERE to view the campaign.
She is one of the strongest and most graceful women I have the privilege of knowing. She works hard to elevate all those around her and she sends a powerful message in here new Under Armour commercial. In the video, she kicks and punches a bag as Internet comments — about her involvement with Under Armour, specifically — are projected on the walls around her. Some are quite positive.
“GODDESS,” one reads. “She’s a mother and an inspiration,” says another. Others are overwhelmingly negative. “Stick to modeling, sweetie,” one reads. Another claims, “Gisele is not an athlete.”
However, Bündchen pays the comments no mind. Instead, she’s completely fierce, focused, and powerful.
Here at KYB, we surround ourselves with empowered, like-minded people of all ages. The most important way to change things is for women and men to uplift, love and support one another. And when the voices of so many unite to encourage and inspire, that’s when you will become truly strong.
Sending you all love,
Siri Bani Kaur