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Maya Angelou Sparkles the Truth

Quotable 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?


Vern Commented On November 13, 2015 at 1:46am

Hell ya! I am sexy – not every moment or every day, but I know sexy me is there. So, when I feel like bringing sexy back, I do my make-up, do my hair, and get dressed in what makes me feel good and confident. Then, I pull my shoulders back, stand tall and strut out the door like I AM the sh*t.


    luna Commented On November 13, 2015 at 1:49am

    I love this attitude Vern!!! Thank you for sharing. I also believe that sparkling on the outside in whatever way you feel is glamorous can have a great impact on our confidence. Mmmwwwuuahh!


El Capitana Commented On November 14, 2015 at 5:50pm

I think many people struggle with their sexiness because society has taught us that sexiness is perceived not from within, but from external sources. I think that true sexiness should be internal first and foremost, because what is sexier than someone who is in control, confident and self-loves? 🙂

To answer the question – would you describe yourself as sexy? It depends on how I feel at the time. The answer is that for me (and I think others), it is a constant flux because of the pressure placed by society. I am sexy when I remind myself not to give any care about external validation. I think as I grow older and wiser, I am dwindling the power of conventional beauty standards and am letting myself dictate what is and what is not sexy 🙂


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