If you're lucky enough to be different, don't ever change. I used to struggle with the concept of being "different". I was different because I was typically the only black person in my class... or anywhere really. I was always different because when I came across other people who look like me I sounded different, I did things differently, and I listen to different types of music ( Classical, Hip-Hop, 90s alternative). I used to try to fit in. I used to pretend I wasn't as smart was. I used to do all these things in order to not stick out. I felt like in order to fit in I had to adhere to what everyone else was doing.
However, soon realized I was doing a disservice to myself. I wasn't who I was supposed to be because I wanted other people to feel comfortable around me. When in reality, I needed to find my own tribe. I wasn't happy prentending.
So I accepted how different I was. And I learned that people loved me for who I was, not who I was trying to be.
I want to portray that in my art as well. All my clients are different. They have different lives, different social norms, different responsibilities, different political views, different ideas of what beautiful is. I want to celebrate the individuality of all women and give them a place where they are comfortable to be, fully, who they are.
I want my clients to be okay with their unique sense of different. It's liberating, beautiful, and alluring.
I have to ask, are you different?