About MeRedefining The American Girl
The ‘New’ American
As Aja Symone, I test limits and fight against the public understanding of what an American woman of the day is. This is a space that highlights the intersections of beauty, culture, and fashion through my gaze of life and style. My life is mirrored representation of elements and experiences of the typical American woman. From beauty mishaps to understanding self-identity. This is the everyday American experience, an experience that is female, culturally saturated, and opinionated. This is a fusion of owning one’s truth and understanding others. This is Aja Symone, Redefining the American Girl.
“One of the best guides to how to be self-loving is to give ourselves the love we are often dreaming about receiving from others. There was a time when I felt lousy about my over-forty body, saw myself as too fat, too this, or too that. Yet I fantasized about finding a lover who would give me the gift of being loved as I am. It is silly, isn’t it, that I would dream of someone else offering to me the acceptance and affirmation I was withholding from myself. This was a moment when the maxim “You can never love anybody if you are unable to love yourself” made clear sense. And I add, “Do not expect to receive the love from someone else you do not give yourself.”
*Capitalization of bell hooks: A pseudonym, bell hooks, has claimed the name as tribute to her mother and great-grandmother. She decided not to capitalize her new name to place focus on her work rather than her name, on her ideas rather than her personality. Her birth name is Gloria Jean Watkins
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