My name is Georgette and I am a 43-year-old social worker & plus size fashion blogger.
How do you defy society’s typical beauty standards?
Being a proud dark skinned, plus size woman defies our societies concept of beauty. According to society I should be ashamed of my skin tone and body size but I’m not. It has taken me many years to love my dark skin and be comfortable with my voluptuous shape. I’ve had my own people look at me in disbelief because I don’t shy away from the sun in the summer. Like getting darker is a bad thing!
Before I turned 40, I had zero self esteem. I thought I was too fat to do anything and if I got “skinny” I would find the right man, job, etc. I felt this way until November 2011 when I had a hysterectomy to remove a 20lb fibroid from my abdomen. The love & support of my family and friends overwhelmed me. I thought “if they love me, why can’t I love myself?” During the 8 weeks I spent at home recovering I decided to stop hating my body and started to love it. My message is simple…you are BEAUTIFUL, you are SEXY and you are FABULOUS exactly the way you are!
What inspires your style?
I find style inspiration from friends, some trends and fellow bloggers. I love color so I wear it no matter the season.
What are your go-to beauty products?
I don’t wear make up daily but when I do it’s pretty simple. When I do get made up, my got to is MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 foundation, MAC Prep & Prime primer, Make Up Forever Aqua lip liner in red & MAC Ruby Woo (I love a red lip and this one makes me pop). For my daily skin cleansing routine I swear by Clarisonic. I have very oily skin and using it has made such a difference in my skin. Due to my oily skin, I’m prone to break outs so I use Murad’s clarifying cleanser, acne cleaning solution and their oil matti fire SPF 15 to combat this.
Would you say you’re 100% comfortable in your own skin at this point in your life?
Honestly there are days when I feel like the baddest woman on the planet but I do have days when I’m not comfortable in my skin and that is ok. For me when I’m not feeling 100% I allow myself to have that moment but I don’t give into negative thoughts or give them a place to fester.
Are you now the woman you’ve always wanted to be?
There are some things I still have to work on but I am extremely satisfied with the woman that I’ve become.