I made an important discovery in therapy recently. A lot of my past fears around being single in adulthood (I'm 30) within our church culture stem from a lack of examples and faulty outsider perspectives. Meaning, I'm having a hard time thinking of women I knew when I was younger who were "older" and single AND happy. The women I can think of were (in my mind) sad lonely women with a life of emptiness. (LOL at little me) This may sound dramatic but
We've all seen it on Instagram. The wife pans the camera over to show her husband and he rolls his eyes and acts too cool for whatever she is doing or saying. She laughs it off and I feel uncomfy. Here is the deal. I'm not judging those husbands. Instagram just may not be their thing and that's totally fine. (Ok... maybe I kinda am. Even if it's not their favorite thing they don't need to be fussy about it.)
a companion piece to the latest episode of Q.MORE Listen on iTunes Listen on Spotify Listen Online Listen on Stitcher Putting my personal beliefs and opinions out into the public sphere and dealing with negative feedback is part of my job, but also part of what I feel is my purpose. There is a significant part of my patriarchal blessing that specifically talks about the importance of sharing my thoughts and ideas with the women of the Church.
My time as a model forced me to take note of the striking under-representation of women of color in the fashion industry. Runway show after runway show was a long string of white women with the occasional token black model. From day one of Q.NOOR, I have made an intense effort to have an ethnically diverse group of models on our site and Instagram. Finding models of color for sure takes more time, but I feel a deep responsibility to do
I don't think I can express to you how honored I am to share this piece on Q.NOOR's blog. I named this company Q.NOOR, meaning Queen of Light, because my mom always taught me that I was a queen-in-training. My desire to learn about my fellow queens-in-training and women of God, both Mother and Father, has grown so strong in the last few years of my life. Amber has truly offered us a gift in this piece, Crowned in Charity