Maya Angelou Sparkles the TruthQuotable ramblings
This famous quote is from Maya Angelou’s poem Still I Rise. Maya Angelou felt sexy and powerful despite the racism and misogyny of her time.
I have always been comfortable with my sexuality, but struggled to ‘own my sexiness’. Burlesque has opened up a new way of looking at and owning my sexiness and the admiring the sexiness of other performers. The allure of the burlesque world, the celebration of the feminine and the art of tease has helped me to discover my sexiness beneath my everyday insecurities.
Being unconventionally beautiful according to North American and Eurocentric (peruse any magazine if you’re unsure what this looks like) standards can make you doubt your own sexiness. Being bombarded with images of unattainable and photoshopped standards or flawless skin, unattainable body proportions and whiteness has had and impact on my self-esteem. Burlesque has become a way to push back against it and glitter the fu*k out of my sexiness.
I’d enjoy knowing how many manifestations of sexy we can come up with that challenges eurocentric and conventionally western norms.Would you describe yourself as sexy? What makes you feel sexy?