Did you ever have your hair in rags as a child? I did. Every special occasion I would beg for my hair to be tightly wrapped in strips of old sheet. The ends would go frizzy, the back would never be as curly as the front and it would hurt like hell as strands of hair got caught, pulled and tied into knots with the fabric.
So why did I always ask for them? Because you’d wake up in the morning looking like one of the Railway Children and then for the rest of the day and sometimes the next, you had beautiful ringlets that made you feel like Shirley Temple.
Today I was photographed for a project that my friend Bethany is working on. I’m so excited to be a part of it!!! Bethany put my hair in rags, but they weren’t like the rags I remember. This was a method of curling that we as children called cockle shells. The strips she used were pieces of lovely red spotty fabric and the result was glossy, bouncy curls that she styled to perfection. I may have to take another look at rags!
If you haven’t noticed already, I’ve had my photo taken quite alot recently and I’m really enjoying it! I used to hate having my picture taken, but in the last year I’ve made a real effort to embrace my appearance and just
pout smile. Every lump and bump, every scar, every emerging wrinkle…..they’re all mine! I’ve earn’t them!
Those fine lines aren’t just a sign that I’m about to enter my 30s, they are a record of every smile and every frown. That scar on my neck is a reminder that I had surgery to remove a tumour, thought I would die, but I didn’t! And while I might have acquired a few pounds over the last couple of years, let me tell you, I’ve enjoyed every single cupcake, cocktail and cheeseboard that contributed to them!
Once upon a time I was younger and thinner and I still picked fault at every little imperfection. I look back now and think wow, I wish I’d had more pictures taken, I wish I’d been more confident, I wish I’d realised back then that I looked amazing! Well one day I might look back on myself now and think the same thing.
And guess what, not everybody who needs a model, wants a 20 year olds who wear a size 8!! So I’ve found myself modelling, quite by accident; sat in front of a camera with fabulous, hair, make up and clothes once or twice a month. It’s doing wonders for my confidence. I’m learning so much about hair, make up and photography and as time goes by I’ll try to share some of what I’m learning with you.
For now though, I’ll just encourage you to get in front of a camera if you can. I know a lot of my readers are parents and as parents we tend to be the ones talking the pictures of our beautiful children (even if they are furry ones with four legs and a tail ;-P). But you deserve to be recorded too. Have your picture taken, you’re beautiful!!