THE RISE OF THE FEMALE

When the idea for this photoshoot came to me, I was lying in bed feeling personally conflicted with who I am and who society says I should be. As women, society has always had an opinion of who we “should be”. We’ve heard it all. Don’t be too successful because then you’ll be intimidating. Don’t be too opinionated, you’ll come off as bitchy. Don’t correct someone, you’ll come off as a know it all. Don’t swear, it’s not ladylike. Don’t be too loud, don’t cut your hair short, don’t wear too much makeup, don’t dress too sexy--the list of things society believes women “should be” goes on.

But what happens when we as women say enough is enough? What happens when we decide society’s ideals don’t fit us and who we are? Beautiful things happen when we as women embrace the fire that burns inside our souls. This photoshoot captured the emotions that I have personally felt as I have stepped into owning 100% of who I am.

So here’s to all the smart, fierce, powerful women--past, present, and future. May we always let our inner selves shine through and may 2018 be the rise of the female.

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THIS PHOTOSHOOT WOULD STILL BE A THOUGHT IF IT WASN'T FOR THESE AMAZING AND TALENTED WOMEN. THANK YOU ISN'T ENOUGH. 

MODEL AND WARDROBE STYLIST: MAGGIE mae INSTAGRAM: @maggieemaee

MAKEUP: DANA MICHELE INSTAGRAM: @DANAMICHELE_MAKEUP FACEBOOK: MAKEUPDANAMICHELE

PHOTOGRAPHER: ELLE HELGESON INSTAGRAM: @ELLEHELGESON FACEBOOK: ELLEXTROYPHOTOGRAPHY