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Corianne, Bay St. Louis / Gulf Coast

 


Today on the blog, enjoy a beautiful essay written by our selected BBP candidate Corianne!


 

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Life as the “big girl”

13 years ago, I weighed over 350 lbs.

For most of my life I struggled with my weight.  I was always known as the quiet, sweet, “big” girl.  I didn’t really have any boyfriends or any dates to dances.  I had a few friends at school and pretty much stayed to myself.  I remember the little snickers and side comments about my weight.  I tried not to let that get to me, but it was always a struggle.  I never felt pretty.  Luckily, I had two really good friends who saw my true beauty.  I am still lucky to be friends with those girls – over 20 years later.

 

Being skinny didn’t make me feel pretty

When I did my weight lost surgery in 2007, I had all the excitement of being skinny!  The doctor told me I needed to do this for my health, but the media had me wanting to be skinny.  My health was a second factor in my mind.  I was just so excited to finally be a size 12 and not a 28.

Little did I know that skinny doesn’t equal happy.  I didn’t comprehend the inner turmoil that I would wrestle with after the surgery.  Losing weight is great, but the extra skin that comes along with it – not so much.

I lost my weight pretty quickly and I received many compliments.  However, every time I looked in the mirror, I still saw a 350 lb. woman.  How was that possible?

I was depressed.  I would smile politely and thank people for their compliments, but deep down I didn’t see it myself.  I wore lose fitting clothes and wouldn’t dare show my legs or arms.  I was still letting others define my beauty.

 

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How will my daughter understand her beauty if I don’t model it?

I had my second child Alyssa in 2011.  She was my first girl.  I think that was the wake-up call for me.  She was so beautiful and I wanted her to be able to see herself through my eyes.  I can’t even begin to explain her beauty.  Her smile radiates the room.  She is kind, loving, smart, and deserving of all the wonderful things in this world.  I realized that the only way for her to see her true beauty was to mirror it myself.  She would watch my every move and listen to my every word.  I had to quit body shaming myself, quit getting on the scale, and learn to love and accept myself for who I am today.

 

Every day I work on trying to be a better version of myself than I was the day before.  I push myself in both my career and personal life.  I try to balance being a mom and also taking time to take care of myself.  Some days are good and some days I fail miserably, but I’m always working on it.

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What I wish I knew back then

I know something now that I didn’t know a decade ago: I was always beautiful.  You see, you can have a pretty face and not be beautiful.  True beauty comes from your soul.  It’s the way you treat others, your integrity, and most importantly it’s being your most authentic self – no matter what.

 

One of the main reasons I wanted to participate in this project was for my daughter.  She is growing up in a world where the media portrays fake beauty.  I want her to know that ALL women are beautiful – regardless of size, color, or race.  As women, we do not need to compete, but rather uplift one another.  We all wear crowns.

 


 

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Wow, what a moving story!

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Much love,

Brandi

Award Winning Portrait Photographer