This is going to be a very brief, very self-serving, vain post. You have been warned.
I had a photoshoot. A great girl from my university – also Ukrainian, – agreed to take pictures of me and this weekend we went to a gorgeous park in Madrid and did it.
Of course, I had my doubts – my vyshyvanka, the traditional Ukrainian dress shirt that I was wearing, was way too big for me, and I was worried about how I would turn out on the photos. Would I look sickly? Skinny? Would the camera add those hallowed ten pounds?
After I looked at the finished product, though, I was more than satisfied. Amazed. Confident.
Turns out that beyond the skeletal little girl I have made myself into, there is still a young woman with enough joie de vivre to communicate through the lens. Turns out I can still look good in pictures – this semester I’ve been very self-conscious about each and every one.
This was an amazing self-esteem boost and I recommend it to anyone going through body image issues. You are beautiful. You know that. But if you need a little proof, take a couple of pictures. The camera doesn’t lie.
Photos by Valerie Sidelkivska.
Edited by me.