#takeupspace challenge! This last year I've been inspired to take up space and reclaim my womanhood. In many areas of my life as a singer, I've been encouraged to diminish myself. I've been shamed by many people for the color of my skin, the size of my breasts and body, and the size of my voice. Large women with loud voices are told to be quiet and make ourselves smaller. Since I decided a little over a year ago not to listen to the shaming and claim my space, the world has responded in kind. It's much more comfortable out here now. Thank the heavens for people like @neonbeautifuldesign and her #fringegang for keeping us all inspired!