Earlier this month, 17-year old high school senior Vera Tieno got to go on a shopping trip that she will never forget. Vera went on a “love-your-body” shopping spree with none other than Denise Bidot, the wildly successful plus-size model who is a champion of the body-confidence movement.
Not only did Vera get the opportunity to add lots of adorable clothes to her wardrobe, but more importantly, she also learned some significant truths about loving her body. “[Denise taught me] you can rock anything you want you just need to be happy feel good in what you’re wearing not for anybody,” Vera told Styleite.
Denise’s uncle, David Camacho of Rush Arts, introduced Denise to Vera, who was about to become the proud recipient of a $5,000 arts scholarship. Denise told Styleite, “They were talking about this amazing young lady, and that she was a little plus-size, and very much into body positivity… They wanted to see how we could sprinkle in what I bring to the table with what she was going through in her life.”
The duo went on a $500 shopping spree at Fashion to Figure, where Denise was able to teach Vera about embracing her body and looking fabulous. Vera even got to have her hair and makeup done professionally in preparation for her scholarship acceptance at the Gordon Parks Foundation Gala. “It was very uplifting. I learned that I can look beautiful, and it’s not wrong to be who I am,” Vera said about the experience.
This is not the first time that Vera has accepted an award for her academic achievements. However, according to Vera, this is the first time she felt completely confident on stage. When talking about the past, she said, “It’s that feeling that you don’t belong, that it wasn’t for me. It’s the thinking that my body does not look like the media wants me to look, and if I don’t look like a magazine, then I thought I didn’t deserve it.”
Thanks to her experience with the amazing Denise Bidot, Vera now has a whole new outlook and is celebrating there are many different sizes and all are beautiful. She said, “I now know it doesn’t matter that the fashion world has certain standards of beauty that tell you what size you are. Denise said that is changing, and it definitely is. You’re seeing beauty in different places now.”
We can’t think of a more deserving person than Vera to experience such an awesome experience. Continue to love your body, Vera! You’re perfect just the way you are.
Inspiration For Today:
How can we as mothers help our daughters have a healthy view of beauty? True beauty goes way beyond what we see in fashion magazines and billboards. Our daughters need to know that they are beautiful as they are and that we love and accept them for who they are.
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