Let's Talk About Confidence!

 

There is no question that we tend to be widely critical of ourselves and our looks. With all of the societal pressures, it can be a challenge to pull confidence from within and truly embrace all that makes us who we are! 
 
We asked our wonderful models questions about confidence and style...where they find their confidence, what clothes & outfits make them feel most confident, advice they would give on confidence and more… 
 
Although there is no magic trick to gaining confidence (no matter how much we wish there was) we hope that their tips and insight will give our readers some inspiration on how they can find, build & feel more confident themselves. 
 
Ladies, we all deserve to feel like absolute rockstars every day! Regardless of shape, size, skin colour, age… you have so much to offer. You are uniquely amazing and you should unapologetically shine your bright light on the world! 
 
Now grab your favourite glass of wine or bubbly and let's dive right in….
 
 
Meet Janelle

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself or what your life goal is (in a few sentences) - 

I’m a wife and mom of 2. I’m someone who has struggled with weight her whole life and always had a very unhealthy relationship with my body and food. I’m 34 now and still struggle a lot of the time but it’s getting easier and easier every day.  One of my goals in life is to teach my kids to be confident with who they are, stand up for what they believe in and love who they see in the mirror.

Q: What does confidence mean to you? What makes you feel confident?

I think confidence comes in many different forms. Things that make me feel confident can be a song, an outfit, being around certain people or doing things that I love and am passionate about.

Q: How would you describe your style?

My style is completely mixed! I’ll wear anything from a t-shirt and leggings to a ball gown! 

Q: What clothing makes you feel the most confident? 

I would have to say dresses. I love any excuse to wear one!

Meet Rachel 

Q: What does confidence mean to you? What makes you feel confident?

Confidence is about feeling comfortable in your own skin and truly owning who you are. Nobody is perfect, we all have our quirks and things that make us unique. Owning those quirks and things that make us unique is what confidence means to me! 

I feel confident when I am being authentic; saying what I really mean and feel. 

I mean also, a flowy pretty dress with a nice bright lip also makes me feel confident :)

Q: How would you describe your style?

Functional Feminine. I love clothes that showcase my feminine body, but that are also comfortable and classic. My wardrobe is made up of a lot of dresses! But I equally love a high waisted jean and fitted top to showcase my curvers. My go-to earrings are always a pearl stud and my accessories tend to be more simple. 

I feel like my style has really changed since the pandemic hit. I work from home now and am running events from behind my computer screen, so I don't require the same professional clothes that I did before. My go-to would have been a dress (ideally one with pockets), a blazer/sweater and a cute comfortable flat. For my style in my personal life, I would lean towards a good pair of jeans and more basic top, adding jewelry or a bright lipstick to make it more/less casual depending on the setting. 

My pregnancy style has been all about comfort! Again, because I am working from home and spent a good majority of my pregnancy in the lockdown, I haven't invested a lot into my pregnancy wardrobe. My go to outfit has been a comfortable pair of leggings and an oversized sweater dressed up with statement earrings or a long necklace. 

Q: What clothing makes you feel the most confident? 

The outfits I feel the most confident in flatter my curves and natural shape of my body. I love flowy or aline dresses. My closet seems to have a lot of extremes, I have lots of basic black and greys, but I also love a good bright floral print. 

I also always feel confident in a good workout outfit! A cute crop top or sports bra, high waisted legging and sneakers. I love being able to clearly see the strength and endurance my body has when I wear an outfit that showcases it.   

Ultimately I always feel confident in something feminine and comfortable. 

Meet Kayla  

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself or what your life goal is (in a few sentences) 

I’m laid back, a bit (cough cough) of a nerd, and I love to cook! Life goals are to be around my people who spark joy, travel & just be happy in life.

Q: What does confidence mean to you? What makes you feel confident? 

I 100% feel that confidence starts with loving yourself unconditionally. If you love yourself, then the confidence will just flow.

Meet Alyssa 

Q: What advice would you give to yourself 3 years ago?

Be proud of your curves. The size tag on your clothing has nothing to do with your worth or what you bring to the table in life. 

Q: What does confidence mean to you? What makes you feel confident?

I believe that confidence is being strong and sure of how you present yourself to the world -- through actions, words, and how you interact with others. I feel most confident when I am surrounded by people who inspire and encourage me to be my best. 

Q: What clothing makes you feel the most confident? 

Clothing that fits my body. I cannot count the amount of times that I have tried to fit in to a trend, and it just doesn't feel right. I feel most confident in something that makes me feel both feminine, comfortable, and like I can take on the day in style! 

Meet Marika 

Q: How would you describe your style?

I love feminine clothes with a little sass. Dresses are definitely my favourite type of clothing to wear, even if I'm staying at home. 

Q: What does confidence mean to you? What makes you feel confident?

My confidence comes from knowing that I bring positivity to most interactions that I have. I also feel confident when I've put energy into how I present myself to the world and like the results. 

Meet Sidrah 

Q: A song or artist that always gives me a confidence boost

Pretty much anything by Shania Twain!

Q: What clothing makes you feel the most confident?

Jeans that fit juuuust right. (But I'm also a total sucker for an oversized chunky knit sweater)

Q: What advice would you give yourself 3 years ago? 

"You are so much stronger than you think"

Q: What does confidence mean to you? What makes you feel confident?

 Confidence for me is doing the thing you're scared of. It's also being okay with making a mistake or asking for help. And just overall, being yourself. That's when I feel the happiest, and the most confident - when I'm being 100% myself.

Meet Michelle

Q: How would you describe your style?

My style is pretty versatile. You’ll typically find me in pencil skirts and heels at work, yoga tights and sneakers on the weekend. From basic black to colourful prints, I like it all!

Q: What clothing makes you feel the most confident?

The clothes that make me feel confident are the ones that me smile the first time I try them on. They are the items that I don’t try to convince myself to like but feel like an extension of my personality.
 
Q: What advice would you give your younger self? 
 
If I could give advice to a younger version of myself, it would be to always be the most authentic version of yourself. Maya Angelou said to “pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you”. When you are being true to yourself, your confidence will shine through.
 
Q: A song or artist that always gives you a confidence boost? 
 
One of the songs that’s been at the top of my of playlist is Hella Black by Tobe Nwigwe. Especially in the current political climate, I think the song’s message of being proud and confident about your identity is an important one! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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