what is your beauty narrative?
1. (military term) to turn so as to face the opposite direction. a complete change of opinion or policy.
2. to transform the stories and conversations surrounding our bodies by embracing the greater narrative of beauty as defined by our Creator.
Last fall, we set out to have candid conversations with black women exploring their relationships with their bodies + the experiences or memories that were critical to forming their concept of beauty. Often times, and for obvious reasons, we are told that as women, we are more than our bodies; but we are our bodies too. There are so many experiences that these physical bodies have brought us, that have shaped who we are beyond them.
We wanted to learn how women’s beauty narratives are evolving over the course of our lives: when our bodies are being received/perceived/experienced (positively or negatively) by others; when our choices about how to wear our hair reflect a deeper conversation within ourselves; when our noses seem too big or our skin seems too dark or our hips seem to small; when our bodies fail us or fall ill, and heal.
“About-face” is a black girl miracle™ project that seeks to transform the stories we tell ourselves about our bodies, by encouraging women to (re)turn to and embrace the greater narrative of beauty as defined by our Creator. We hope to provide a safe place for women to lift their voices and share their stories. Our mission is rooted in the profound truth that we are all created in the image of God. If we believe in the inherent value of human beings, then we must also believe in the intentionality of creation. Our bodies are brilliant, beautiful, and miraculous. We must make peace with our created design.
Lastly, ours is not a salvation that provides an escape from our bodies - from the physical, from the earth and all that is in it - but a redemption and restoration of all things. There is something to be said about the glory of God in the human frame - that the redemption of our bodies is not excluded from, but rather crowns God’s plan for our total salvation.