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Women We Love: Cydney Helsdown.
Hey everyone! Our next instalment of our International Women's Day Women We Love interview series is here, and this week we are chatting to the wonderful Cydney Helsdown. Cydney is a digital creator who focuses on skincare, curly hair and body positivity, sharing real life glimpses into her life and journey of self love.
We love Cydney's empowering content, that inspires her community to embrace their natural selves - it completely embodies our message that you should always be unapologetically yourself. We chatted to Cydney about what her own personal journey of self love has been like and what advice she has for other women who may need reminding just how amazing they are.
Hey honey! In light of International Women’s Day, we’re here to celebrate all things women. We believe that being unapologetically yourself is a fundamental part of being a woman - what parts of yourself do you LOVE?
It absolutely is! I haven’t always felt like this, but I really love my stretch marks. I used to be so ashamed & hated them. I hid them away for so long, but now that I fully embrace them, I think they’re beautiful and are so interesting to look at. In terms of non physical, I love my ability to connect with others and the power I have to always manifest what I want!
Self acceptance is not always an easy thing to achieve. How do you overcome imposter syndrome when it comes to believing in yourself?
It’s easier said than done, but by focusing on my own journey, rather than comparing myself to others. By reminding myself of how far I’ve come, my goals and aspirations and by just competing with myself rather than letting the weight of others and the world stop me from moving forward.
If you don’t mind sharing, what personal obstacle have you had to overcome along your journey of self acceptance?
I’m a huge perfectionist which can be really stifling. I’ve had this inner voice that I’m not good enough and that I need to be and look perfect to achieve happiness but of course this isn’t the case. Even on the days I don’t feel great and the self doubt creeps in I still show up and allow myself to be. I’m learning to accept that everything that’s happened was meant to happen for me to be who I am and where I am now - and for that I’m proud.
Surrounding yourself with positive figures is key to believing in yourself - which incredible women inspire you everyday and why?
My fellow online creators are the first that come to mind, those who are making waves every day to challenge society's unrealistic standards. We empower each other and there’s a real sense of community, it’s admirable to see others share their vulnerabilities and insecurities. I’m also very fortunate to have such a tight circle of friends who are like minded, driven, creative, passionate and incredibly strong, they make me incredibly proud and inspire me often.
What is your top piece of advice for other women on how to be unapologetically themselves?
Self love is a journey, so start with one small act of kindness to yourself every day, whether that’s a positive affirmation, being kind to your reflection, spending more time naked and connecting with our body, going out bare faced, any small thing that makes you feel good but also pushes you out of your comfort zone. This will help you change your mindset and allow you to just show up as yourself, with no apologies!
You can follow Cydney at @cydneylrj 💗