In the blink of an eye, our lives can be forever changed. It only takes one phone call, a series of unfortunate events, or a split second for us to experience something that will shape us. I interviewed several inspiring ladies who have been through Hell and back. These magnificent women displayed the most profound courage and let their experiences not only strengthen their souls, but also their hearts. I cannot imagine how some of these characters fought to become victorious. Some experienced the burden of an eating disorder, the horrific loss of a child, and unthinkable illnesses. The most inspiring part that I found through each story is that there is always hope.
No matter what life throws at you, you are so much stronger than you know. Your heart, mind and soul are just as resilient as your body. These woman brought so much joy and hopefulness to the studio during this project. I heard their stories, cried hundreds of tears as they retold the incidents that changed their lives. It was humbling hearing similar stories, and having several women with so many haunting characteristics of what they have fought through in life.
With this project, I hope that you find comfort and faith. Have comfort knowing that you will make it through whatever is heavy on your heart, and embrace your faith because you will be okay. Diamonds are formed from pressure and fire refines gold. What matters most is how gracefully you walk through the fire.
Photography, Styling & Wardrobe: Lindsey Worthington of Seduire Boudoir
Warrior Makeovers: Julia Estes Shepard of Foundations Esthetics