2021 Bold Beautiful Perfect: Lenora
“It was not an easy road, but it was on that road that I discovered my strength and beauty.”
Tell us about yourself, Lenora!
I am a 44-year-old single mother to a 20-year-old son who is absolutely amazing! I am from Mississippi, but I’m currently living in Louisiana, teaching high school English. I have degrees in History and English, and I am almost finished with my Master’s Degree in Secondary Education with the intent to pursue my Doctorate in Administration. I love to hunt, fish, and veg out on a beach. I love to laugh, and I enjoy making others laugh even more! I love to enjoy life!
How did you come to understand your inner beauty?
As a young girl, I was extremely shy and insecure. If someone drew attention to me (especially boys!), I would turn a few shades of red and walk away.
It wasn’t until a failed marriage and two more failed relationships that I truly began to search my soul. Who am I? Who do I want to be? I was a single mom whose life revolved around my son, but I also knew I had to find myself and my own happiness. I began to discover what made me happy, and I did it. I spent more time with friends, went to concerts, began dating, dressing differently, and so much more. Most of all, I embraced my loud and proud personality and my body. I became one with myself for the first time, and I reveled in it.
Today, I am a content, ambitious single woman who strives to climb the ladder. I am truly blessed with a son who has been 100% supportive of my journey. I love myself and my life. I am happy!
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 was in a very abusive relationship for four years (thankfully not my son’s father). He was abusive in every way imaginable. He constantly told me how stupid and dumb I was. He worked hard to make me believe that what he said about me was true. The mental, physical, emotional, and verbal abuse drove my thoughts to places I never dreamed they would go. I was miserable, but I also trapped. He threatened the most awful things if I ever left him. I truly feared for my life.
The last time he beat me, I was broken in more than just my body – my soul and spirit were also broken. I realized that if I did not find a way out, he would kill me. I could not let him win any longer. With the help of God, my family, and my friends, I was able to escape. I realized I was a survivor. I found my inner strength and beauty, and I became an even stronger woman that I ever thought possible. I embraced myself for everything I was. My scars are mine and part of my story.
It was not an easy road, but it was on that road that I discovered my strength and beauty. I felt secure in who I was and who I will always be! God helped me take back what had been taken from me, and I now stand here beautifully broken. I am the beauty in the ashes.
Tell us about your experience with the photo shoot.
I felt so blessed and humbled to be chosen to represent the Bold Beautiful Perfect project! I hope that my story is able to help another woman who may be struggling in an abusive relationship or with finding her confidence.
I LOVED the photoshoot! I had so much fun dressing up, posing, and watching Brandi capture each pose! I felt free, confident, and absolutely beautiful! I could hardly wait to see the images and to show them off to my friends and family. I felt Brandi truly captured my true self.
You are stronger and more beautiful than you know!
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Brandi Stage is an international award-winning portrait photographer based in Bay St. Louis, MS. She creates an exceptional magazine-style photo shoot and timeless heirloom portraits for women, men, children and pets in her studio or on location.