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Conversations with the Inspiring Emanda Tadesse

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emanda Tadesse.

Emanda, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Growing up being self-conscious was almost apart of who I was, I never saw many girls built bigger, taller like how I was, and even being the same skin color I was.

I grew up in East Atlanta on Candler Road so moving to Walton County at such a young age took a toll on my 10 year old self who only saw small petite and fair skinned girls with straight hair, which led me to begging my mom to let me get my hair straightened and relaxed almost every month.

It was not only until about halfway through my sophomore year of high-school when I started my natural hair journey, cutting it almost up to my ear because the rest of it was completely dead and joined my school’s swim team so I could feel like I was apart of something while doing something I enjoyed.

Recently, I was thinking how much I wished I saw more girls like me on the internet just enjoying life and I want to be that

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It was everything but easy for me, I use to care so much about what others thought of me and if I did something a little different I would be so concerned about what the next person was thinking about or how they viewed me.

Caring about what others think of you is so toxic for yourself, you are hurting your peace of mind and once you get over that obstacle the rest falls into place. As cliché as it sounds, start by telling yourself you are beautiful and you will start to believe it because once your mind is in the right place everything else isn’t as hard to maneuver.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
Currently, I am a freelance model, working with different photographers in hopes of building an authentic platform to help girls who go through the same kinds of struggles I went through.

I’m also in school working towards the Nursing program that my college offers in hopes of being accepted and starting my Journey off to being in a field where I can be there for others daily.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
In my opinion, there is definitely more setbacks than opportunities for females. I always felt like it was about working against that stereotype against us and proving the ENTIRE world wrong especially those who doubted us.

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: @emandatadesse
  • Facebook: Emanda Tadesse
  • Twitter: @emandatadesse

Image Credit:
Charlie Byers, Elorm Srigboh, Eli Negede

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