Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Rainbow Bright

When I was at the Farmers' Market on the weekend I spied a bright flash of colour out of the corner of my eye, and it was this lovely young woman.  I had to do a couple of rounds to be able to find her again and as it turns out, she knew who I was, and I had photographed her before.  The colours in her tattoo coordinate perfectly with the colours in her outfit.  She told me I had made her day, but seeing her in her bright and beautiful colours definitely added a spark to mine, and reminded me why I started this blog.

16 comments:

  1. That skirt's from India! I've sold loads in my time and I've never seen it worn so fabulously! What a gorgeous girl, her hair is beautiful. x

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  2. I love it! Funny how some people (me) would look silly in an outfit like that - but she looks amazing. The skirt is wonderful. :)

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  3. She looks beautiful, what a great outfit. And how nice that you made her day! It's so easy to make people feel good, isn't it? Just say something complimentary, we ALL appreciate a random compliment! xxxx

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  4. Beautiful woman and photo. I love her headwear and the brilliant colors. Happy that you spotted her and shared her radiance with us.

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  5. Oh she is gorgeous - I didn't even notice the chest tattoo until you mentioned it. Beautiful, colourful gypsy woman - I'll bet she would be great company! Sarah xxx

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  6. Ooooooohhhh!!! That's all I could manage to say/think when I opened up this post! How glorious she is, and how glorious you were able to capture this moment.

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  7. Beautiful smile shines through the fabulous colours & I agree a fabulous photo too!

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  8. I like the multi-layered skirt! My daughter has a sizable tattoo across her shoulders and she incorporates it into her look all the time.

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  9. She seems so thin! Does she look the same in reality?

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  10. I agree with custom writing, but didn't want to be the first to say it. Too skinny!!

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  11. I'd be curious to know if this young woman had been overweight, would the people who commented that she was too thin would have said "Too Fat"? This blog isn't about size, or age, it's about personal expression.

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  12. Body policing comments make me sick. Don't shame someone for their appearance. Would you make these comments to her face?

    It is no one's place to judge a persons size. And to those who will say "but it's unhealthy to be fat/skinny!", it is not your place to police someone's health, either. Plenty of people who fit into societies narrow view of the acceptable body are unhealthy in other ways - what they eat/smoking/drinking/drugs/not exercising, but you don't shame them, do you?

    Saying someone looks too skinny, too fat, or otherwise unhealthy isn't helpful and doesn't mean you have that person's best interests in mind. It just makes you a judgmental a**hole.

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  13. Christine, as the slender gypsy soul in question, let me address you specifically; not as an attack but in the spirit of hopefully opening your eyes to the often unknowing privilege we carry.

    Being sizist does not hot apply specifically to people who fat-shame. I'm a slender person naturally, and have gained and lost almost 200 pounds as a result of a car accident and losing the ability to dance. I was a ballerina.

    Some people would say that I should have been happy with myself no matter what size I was. I can tell you as a certainty that I am much happier, healthier and comfortable as a 00 than I was at a size 24.


    The difference is, when people fat-shame, they at least do it behind your back.

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  14. Oops.

    Anyways, bottom line is that it's not about looking at and judging someone based on your own lived experience- you don't know theirs.

    Be unflinchingly kind when you feel your ego wanting to judge.

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