Boudoir Shoot
photo: Danielle Margherite
Last week, I gave you a glimpse into my fist boudoir shoot with a '90s-denim twist on my blog The Fashion Poet and across my social media channels. I did it to push myself out of my comfort zone, to challenge myself to explore my body and to see how much of it I’m really comfortable with. I came out armed with so much more self-confidence than ever before. 
Boudoir Shoot
photo: Danielle Margherite
It’s amazing and liberating what exposing your true figure can do for a woman. If you’ve ever wanted to release your insecurities, then you need to do a boudoir shoot. It’s a journey of self-discovery, and I encourage every woman to experience it during her lifetime. I wish I would’ve done this in my 20s when I was insecure about my figure. I think it would’ve really empowered me to be more accepting of my curves, cellulite, small breasts, and big butt. I feel that most younger women are really tough on themselves.  

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Boudoir Shoot
photo: Danielle Margherite
These days I’m learning more about self-love than I ever have before. I’ve always been a major advocate for embracing one’s body, regardless of size or shape and styling it with clothes that will complement it when I started blogging five years ago.  

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Yet doing a boudoir shoot is a whole different experience. You are more exposed than ever before. My breasts, stretch marks, love handles, freckles were all out for the first time to my photographer, makeup artist, and others in the room. Even though I was in high-waisted denim, my boobs were out for most of the shoot when I wasn’t in a revealing lace or nude bra that my nipples peeked out of. 

I felt a little self-conscious in the beginning. It can feel like you're under a magnifying glass, yet once the first 20 minutes pass you begin to feel a different type of body acceptance. It’s the one that will really free you. It’s the one where you say, “Hey world, I don’t fall under your ideal of perfect body, but I’m still perfect."  And like Salma Hayek once said about her stretch marks — and I never forgot because I earned mine, too — "Your body is not ruined. You’re a goddamn tiger who earned her stripes.” Hell yeah! Embrace your body girls — love it and it will love you back.

Annie Vazquez is a Founding Creator and fashion blogger. When she's not writing for Vivala.com,you can find her at thefashionpoet.com.