We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls,
“You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man.”
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
Feminist: the person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes
-Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie
In the 21st century, women are a force to be reckoned with. According to the data from the Department of Education on college degrees women are k i l l i n g i t. Young women are creating some serious change in incredible numbers. Accounting for 61.6% of all associates degrees, 56.7% of all bachelors degrees, 59.9% of all masters degrees and 51.6% of all doctorate degrees. This is what it means to go against the grain and take charge. As women we don’t have to be confined to the boundaries of the white Pickett fence society has built around us. If you want to be a doctor, be a doctor. If you want to be an engineer, be an engineer. If you want to be a self made boss, baby put on your big girl shoes and get to work. That’s what Modeling With A Message is all about. To promote the empowerment of women. To ensure everyone woman that they cross, knows that her life dreams and goals don’t have to be a figment of her imagination. That it’s okay to be a bright light in a dim world. Across the nation everyday there are young girls who aspire to be better beings, to change this world.
Kelli, CEO and Founder of Modeling With A Message recently did a photo shoot segment called “Women on the Move.” She selected 5 different ladies from around the nation to come together and not only showcase their talent, but participate in a shoot that embodied women empowerment. This shoot represented women connection, inspiration and women walking in purpose. This is Women on the Move. These five girls represent everything this world needs.
D’Naysia Tavetra McClellan also known as “Snookie”, is from Mullins, South Carolina. She is currently in the 10th grade. D’Naysia’s family is her inspiration and her main goal is to accomplish everything that she sets her mind to.
Brittany Tiara Wright of Myrtle Beach South Carolina aspires to be a Property Manager. When asked what inspires her she answered,
“My father and my mothers spirit are my inspiration.”
Brittany’s main goal in life is to become a person of huge value to the world in different ways other than money. Examples of the impact she would like to leave on this world are saving national parks, springs, endangered species, ending poverty in 3rd world countries.
Tisa Edge of Atlanta, Georgia plans to be a Plus Size Model.
“I am inspired by inspiring others, Speaking life and empowering others to see their self worth is my passion. My main goal in life is to be better than I was the day before. Giving back and building my empire through my God given talent is what I strive for.”
Kevisha Jazzmin Mullins of Mullins, South Carolina is currently in the 10th grade.
“My passion for taking pictures, dressing up, and being in front of the camera inspired me to want to be a model. Unfortunately, I knew if I wasn’t a certain size or a certain height I couldn’t fulfill my dreams. Now, as I attain my dreams, I discovered modeling isn’t just about that. No matter what your size, color, height, etc. an individual should always be able to fulfill their dreams. My main goal in life is to be successful. I don’t say that meaning to just have money. Success to me is making sure I am not working for anyone. I can get up on my own time, build my own empire, and be my own boss.”
To empower women and girls with more freedom and more choices gives the opportunity to create a greater future for all. We increase and improve social, economic, political and the legal strength of women to ensure that they are confident in claiming their rights. We all have rights, we all have a voice and we all deserve to be heard.