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DeRae, Bay St. Louis
“There is nothing more beautiful than having the courage to love your fellow man despite how tattered their heart is… and that is beauty to me.” – DeRae
Tell us a little about yourself, DeRae!
My name is DeRae Graham and I am 30 years old. I am from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and I currently work as a liquor and wine sales rep. It’s a fun and tough job! I grew up in unfortunate circumstances; however, I’ve always fought hard to have a better life. I work extremely hard, but in my free time, I spend time with my friends and love helping others!
How did you come to understand your inner beauty?
I grew to understand my inner beauty when I realized that it was always love that helped me create a life that I’ve always wanted. People often ask me how I was able to overcome a childhood of fear, abuse, and neglect. I’ve come to realize that my greatest gift has been the love of people who, otherwise, had no obligation to my well being. They honestly just shared the love in their heart and inspired me to love myself. There is nothing more beautiful than having the courage to love your fellow man despite how tattered their heart is… and that is beauty to me. I strive everyday to love and be kind so that my inner beauty can give the love that I’ve been gifted my whole life.
This project is all about inspiring women to see their beauty. What parts of your story can you share to help women to understand their own beauty?
I never felt beautiful or valued until I really accepted the love that I didn’t think I deserved. It’s like thinking in terms of shopping. When an item is looks like every other item available, it tends to be less exciting. Antiques and one-of-a-kind items are highly valued and sought after. We absolutely covet and seek items that are unique and regard them as beautiful and rare- and that is you. No one else looks exactly like you, has seen and felt the things you have. You are the most rare in the world, and that makes you the most beautiful!
How was your experience with the photo shoot?
Being selected for this experience was really special- I love sharing my story in hopes of lifting others. I hope other women see my shoot, see that I am just like them, and feel inspired to embrace their unique beauty.
The photo shoot was the easiest experience! Brandi and Kassper were kind, patient, and encouraging during the photo shoot. I had never taken photos in this type of setting, but they made me feel like a professional.
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