✨L U M I N A // The Beauty Wound Project //✨. https://vimeo.com/229632963
So this was a difficult project. I have to start out with that. It wasn't easy to go here with myself, or with all the performers. We had to go to our individual and collective pain points. We had to embody our worst fears about how we think others may perceive us, how we perceive ourselves sometimes--and maybe more times than we want to be consciously aware of. We willingly stepped out of the LIGHT so that we could dive down deep into the DARK. We had to consciously take all that pain of not being pretty enough, sexy enough, woman enough, skinny or fit enough, smooth skin enough, and young enough. We had to bask in the: 'I feel like such a CREEP' and 'How could anybody ever love THIS-- HOW COULD I EVER LOVE THIS', kind of feels. We had to move and inhabit...something that we'd been working to HEAL for a year or so together in community. It was bit 'salt on wound', a bit of 'turning of tables'-- but I felt strongly that this was the part of the story that was begging to be told for now. We had to show viscerally what the 'Beauty Wound' looks and feels like...to the bone.
I want to personally thank all of the women who have 'moved' through this sacred container of healing and art and community that is L U M I N A. You have each shaped and molded this project and me. I have been personally blessed and honored to have known you and grown so much because of you. So much gratitude for each and every one of you. XO.
Ladies...we embodied it. So we rocked this project.
Folks...it may not be fancy-schmancy dancing and all the frills..it may not be pretty..but it's real...and it's from our hearts...and we think you will feel it. That is the point. -Joy Lynn Okoye. #selflove #believeinyourself #ishine#iambeautiful #selftrust #bebrave #goforit #effyourbeautystandards #bodyshame #lumina #thebeautywoundproject