I would like to use this series as a way to destroy all that negativity and build up the self-confidence of our generation that is being tampered with by so many sources.
Relax and Enjoy...
1. What is your Name?
Ehimare Faith Imaralu
2. What is your Nationality and Where do you currently live?
I am a Nigerian and I currently reside in Ontario, Canada
3. Which age group do you belong to? 0-17, 18-25, 26-40, 40 and above.
4. Describe your personal style.
I will say it's classy and elegant with a twist of casual chic. I dress age appropriately taking the weather into consideration, as well, and I love to be confident in my outfits. My policy is, “If I don’t feel it, I don’t wear it”. I love heels and flats but you will never see me in heels at school unless I'm making a presentation. I basically dress for myself and nobody else.
5. What makes you feel beautiful?
Knowing that I can brighten up someone's day either with an act of kindness or by smiling. Like my high school friend says: “Faith, your smile makes my smile smile”. It is not just the physical, but the ability to connect with someone and make their day or even more.
6. What do you think of the current issues concerning body image and race?
Ahhhhhaaa, I love this one. People need to understand that you can’t really have a perfect “V or S” shape. If you are not born with it, there is little artificial stuff can do. You can’t belong to a race were people are predominantly on the curvy or slender side and expect to look like a person from a different race. Dieting or denying yourself of the essential things your body needs is killing yourself while looking at the mirror and saying you look good.
For instance, eating once a day and supplementing with a specific drink which some girls do, or eating mostly protein based food (guys) and excessively being obsessed with the gym is not going to provide you with the necessary nutrients, vitamins or body size you want. Taking supplements isn't going to help because after a while, it can become toxic especially the fat based ones. Since I knew ABC, I can’t remember when Anorexia or Bulimia became sexy.
Avoid excess sugar, salt, and fatty foods but please, feed and take care of yourself. Know your body and adjust your lifestyle to carter for it. You can’t be like B neither can B be like you, so love your body and let it be radiant. If someone does not like it, tell them to get lost. (BAM!)
7. Do you think the media has had a negative or positive influence on these issues? Why?
I will say the Media has reinforced the skinny trend. People on the curvy side are called fat, given names, and asked to go fix their flappys. There are more ads about weight reduction and gym memberships than there are about health living and nutrition. Photos are edited to give abs and skinny curves that might not really exist.
8. What do you think of the current fashion industry and trends?
I really don’t mind. Although some designs make me wonder how the concept came about, I understand fashion is fashion. As long as you wear what fits you and is appropriate to your size, then it's cool.
9. What advice would you like to give?
Just be you and enjoy even the littlest things in life. Don’t feel bad because of your looks or way of expressing yourself. Though some people might hate it, there are others wishing they can pull it off just like you.
10. Share a fun fact about you.
Unlike popular belief, I am not a fan of books although I love intriguing/suspense novels. I love to watch action movies at home, try out new recipes or go to the countryside/tourist attractions.
LOL @ your 'get lost' comment in question 7. Just like Faith, I find that people will always talk about anything, so it's BEST to be yourself always This way, you are happy and you cannot be bothered by what others say or think. Do you agree with Faith? I'd like to know, what Influences your daily outfits?