Beauty Of The Day: Stephanie Bola

IMG_5031

My name is Stephanie Bola. 

I’m originally from Congo and I grew up, live and work in Brussels, Belgium. Fashion is one of my biggest passions. I started modeling at a very young age and participated in some beauty competitions. Currently I am working part-time as office manager and artist representative. Being in front of the camera is still a big passion but I enjoy taking a position behind the camera and being able to create my own work. Because of my love for photography I decided to document artists around me and I created a blog called filmandfriends.com.  I am a very positive and creative person who loves life, art, traveling and new challenges.

 

Version 2

How do you defy society’s typical beauty standards?

I think you have to find who you are and the rest will follow. You have to have a good attitude towards yourself and accept who you are; to me that is the finest form of beauty.

By taking care of myself, doing what I love and sharing my joy with those around me, I do not see the need to follow anybody’s beauty standard.

 

IMG_5006

How have you come to recognize your beauty and your power over the years?

When I was younger, I felt a lot of pressure on how you have to look to be beautiful; it was defined by long hair and a lot of make-up.

Even though I really liked my natural hair, I was influenced by typical African beauty standards.  I was basically hiding myself behind artificial hair. Being natural, wearing your natural hair, you were quickly considered to be from the village, not taking care of yourself.

When I saw Alek Wek rocking the catwalk with her natural short hair, I realized how beautiful and cool this was. So I made the decision to cut my hair very short.  Finally I could take care of my own hair and be a little more myself.  My boyfriend basically pushed me even further to appreciate my true beauty, the beauty of being natural.

 

IMG_7015

What inspires your style?

My style is influenced by my mood. But I like elegance and simplicity in what I wear.

 _DSC0435

What are your go-to beauty products?

Something I really love and that I use all time is a 3 step skin care by Clinique to be applied every morning and every evening. It is a  real pleasure to feel smooth and clean skin – it’s like magic.

During my stay at the Cote d’Azure this summer I found this wonderful nourishing balm for dry skin “Petit Marseillais” made with shea, sweet almond and argan.  It provides a smooth feeling immediately after application, has a very nice fragrance. It moisturizes and nourishes my skin perfectly.

 

IMG_5694

What makes you feel most beautiful?

Being in love. And waking up with beautiful natural skin.

 

 

 

 

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

 

Stay connected for a daily dose of beauty beyond categories.

FOLLOW US ON

SEE HOW WE BEGAN!