Perfect Imperfections, The Body Issue- Omowunmi Onalaja

Something I’ve done a few times before on here is profile my wedding guest looks; I’ve experimented with a good number of styles/ideas from FBD’s Signature dress to Pants/Jumpsuits to thigh high slits and a few more.

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This year, wedding season is officially gearing up for me and I’m excited to discover what looks I’ll be going for and even more to share them with you.
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While this post is centered on my first wedding guest look for the year, it’s a lot more than that. It’s about self love, which is what this outfit signified to me. I’ve always been conscious of my body type and well aware of the extra molds of flesh in places where they shouldn’t be as well as the areas that could use a bit of a flesh boost, but I learnt very early to be accepting of who I am, how I look and even translate that to confidence and self-assuredness. All of that however took a bit of a shake with my career switch and having the cameras constantly on me. You know how they say the camera adds 10 pounds to you and highlights your flaws? Well it’s true.

Very quickly, I started to shy away from certain cuts/silhouettes that would even remotely show up those “problem” areas which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; afterall you’re supposed to get dressed to play up your best features and what not. However, when I realized that I never wore form fitting clothing anymore and lived in loose cuts, I knew it was time to get back to the old me that just didn’t care.

I decided to wear an extremely form fitting dress to a wedding over the weekend; it was red, it was pretty, it wasn’t perfect and yes you could see my flaws, but I loved it regardless!

I’m very happy with the redirection of my mind to self love and acceptance regardless of my imperfections. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to show up all the time in latex or body suits from now on and I’m not saying goodbye to loose-fitting clothing which still remains my personal style preference; I’m not giving myself a pass to eat everything in sight or get out of shape and I’m still on my journey towards becoming a permanent member of Fitfam and generally living a much healthier lifestyle.

What I’m saying is that I’m going to absolutely and unconditionally love myself and my body exactly the way it is and find a confidence in the midst of my imperfections, and I’d love for you to do the same. Trust me, you’d feel better and look happier for it!

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