“The WORTHY WOMEN PROJECT aims to ignite strength in ALL women by sharing their stories. You are fearfully and wonderfully made!”– Ashley Nicole
What do you remember learning about beauty from a young age? What impacted you the most that you’ve carried with you into adulthood (positive or negative)?
At a young age, I knew I didn’t fit the mold of a typical beautiful girl which was blond hair, blue eyes and tan skin. I tried to tan, or highlight my hair to no avail. I finally had to accept the fact that I will never fit into a certain mold of a woman, and that was ok.
Tell me your story! What life experiences have made you who you are today?
More than anything, coming from a loving and supportive family, along with being a very young mother and wife, made me who I am today. I was faced with difficult decisions and responsibilities, while most women my age were only concerned with their weekend social calendar. I might not have taken the easy road, but I love the road that I am on, and can’t wait to see where it will lead.
What is your definition of beauty?
I feel that beauty is undefinable. It cannot be put in a box, it doesn’t have a recipe. Beauty shouldn’t just be someone pleasing to the eye, but instead a feeling you get from being around them. Kindness and empathy are far more important than a pretty face.
Do you think you are beautiful?
I do. It took me a long time to accept that, or to even realize that I’m pretty, because the awkward 5’11”, red headed teenager, surely didn’t feel pretty. That awkward girl has turned into a woman that has grown to appreciate what is different about herself.
What is your favorite NON physical feature about yourself? (After all, beauty is a light in the heart!)
My favorite non physical feature would have to be my sense of humor. Sarcasm can be a favorite quality right? I just love to laugh and be with people that make me happy!
What words of wisdom, based on your personal experience, would you like to share with others who struggle to see their own beauty?
Try not to compare yourself with others. I know that is SO HARD, and I honestly still find myself doing it, but it never makes me feel good. It’s so easy to scroll through social media and see picture perfect people with all the right filters in all the right places, but that isn’t reality. What someone else looks like, shouldn’t have any bearing on how you view yourself.
Why are beautiful photos important for you right now?
I feel that beautiful photos offer the subject a perspective of themselves that they normally do not see. It’s allowing someone else to observe you in a moment of vulnerability and beauty and then capture it forever.
How does being the woman you are today make you uniquely powerful?
I don’t fit the physical norm of most women. I stick out in a crowd, and I’ve finally become comfortable with that. I’ve realized it’s not a bad thing, and I’ve learned to embrace my unique differences.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE APART OF THE WORTHY WOMEN PROJECT?
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