#MYSHAMAJADE - A note from the Creators

Avalon Barrie

Posted on January 11 2016

“The reason we wanted to do the #Myshamajade campaign was to encourage women to ask them selves what it truly means to them to be beautiful and strong. This does not come from societies standards, but is unique to each and every one of us, true beauty and true strength come from within.”- Maria and Avalon

Let's empower one another to transform our minds- letting go of negative thinking and replacing it with positivity.

What does it mean to be truly beautiful? 

To be beautiful is NOT
Having the appearance that others judge to be appealing.
Starving yourself to lose weight in order to fit into the media standards
Having society's definition of perfect hair, smile, eyes and body
Having a lower body fat and a greater lean mass that has become the recent "trend"

True beauty does not rely on your appearance, or how well your body composition is. Beauty comes from your confidence and self knowledge. The journey towards beauty is a spiritual one. The more you dig deep within yourself and uncover the hidden fears and insecurities, the more confident you become. As you embrace your truth, your ego becomes insignificant and that is when TRUE beauty is discovered. The less is the ego, the greater becomes the heart. When we think, speak, feel and act through the heart we become beautiful beings.

For all the women who unconsciously have become victims of society's dark driven ego standards, we invite you to embark on the journey towards enlightenment (Shama) that is achieved through the conscious practice of unconditional love for oneself and others (Jade.) As the strong women we are, we cannot let the outside dictate our worth, our truth and our path. Let true beauty manifest itself from within to without. 

Let's empower one another to be who we are. 

Let's empower one another to embrace our truth- even if that doesn't fit what "society" considers acceptable.

Let's empower one another to transform our minds- letting go of negative thinking and replacing it with positivity. 

Let's empower one another to transcend ourselves- by becoming the awareness that watches the ego, but doesn't become one with it. 


Interview with Naomi Grossman of American Horror Story

Q: How long have you been an actress?
Naomi: Hmmm…since conception? Haha, no truly I just kind of popped out acting. I mean, I didn’t get paid for it for a very long time, but I guess it’s just in my bones.
Q: What do you do for fun?
Naomi: Acting! And getting paid for it even, now that’s even more fun. Yoga, shopping, I love to travel, I love to write. I’m very social, I love going out dancing and drinking and eating, just enjoying life!
Q: So what does it mean to be a strong woman today to you?
Naomi: Oooh, this is tough. I think it’s being totally authentic. Often times feminist groups will ask me about being a strong woman and I don’t even think I’m a strong woman or a feminist necessarily. I just AM. I mean, I’m totally true to my ideals and what I believe and want to be and I don’t worry about what society or men think about it. So I think THAT’S what’s being a strong woman. Not letting the world or men affect you, adversely or at all for that matter.
Q: Is there a strong woman in your life that you look up to or admire?
Naomi: Well, I think I just lost the strongest woman in my life. Rose Siggins, one of my co-stars, she played Legless Suzi on American Horror Story: Freak Show. She was born with no function of her legs. So back in the 70’s when she was 2 years old they amputated them. So she went her whole life walking on her hands and rolling around on a skateboard. And she never once felt sorry for herself. She LIVED HER LIFE, just like I was saying, like any other. She had two kids, she was just such an inspiration. I mean, that’s a strong woman for you. I think about myself and all the pity parties I hold for myself and all the little things like being stuck in traffic, but at least you CAN be stuck in traffic. You have legs that can work the pedals that can drive you places, how awesome is that. I mean, she just serves as such a major inspiration. Anytime I’m feeling the slightest bit sorry for myself I can just think of Rose and her strength.
Q: What is your fondest memory with Rose?
Naomi: I’m kind of a goofball, I have the reputation of being the class clown on set. So they had a dummy made [of Rose] for when they had to throw her around, so Pepper, who is of course the little trouble maker found the dummy. And Pepper and Rose’s dummy had a brief affair off screen. And of course someone caught me on their cell phone you know, like, making out with her dummy. Haha, and later we actually showed it to Rose and I don’t think she ever looked at me the same after that.
Q: What does it mean to be beautiful to you?
Naomi: I know it’s so cliche but I think you have to be beautiful on the inside. I find beauty in women because they’re so amazing and so strong, Rose [Siggins] is a perfect example of that. I would like to think of myself as that too, I think of myself as kind of “hot-ugly”, haha you know kind of like E.T.; he’s so cute yet so…gross, haha. I don’t know, I’m just saying I’m obviously not a conventional beauty, I’m kind of like an Almodovar girl, if you’re familiar with the Spanish filmmaker who has an affinity for strong, fierce, kind of quirky chicks. I’d like to think I’m one of those. My beauty is from the inside because I have a huge heart, I have a lot of fun, and I’m real. See these wrinkles, they’re real!
Q: How do you feel today’s beauty standards impact young women?
Naomi: Yeah, it’s messed up. I mean, since when is it an actress’s job to be beautiful? It’s almost as if, when you look through those glamour magazines, it’s like it’s our job to look beautiful and be on red carpets, and that’s not actually the job. The job is to play a character and take you on a journey. And characters are every shape and size. Not just pretty. And I get it, audiences would rather look at someone pretty on a screen, but not this audience frankly. I think there’s a real double standard. I’ve gotten so much attention for the transformation I made. Going from this "hot-ugly" girl, haha, or pretty girl, to a monster. I mean, no pity party for me again. But really, I’d rather it be “wow, she became this other person. She managed to go from able-bodied person to disabled. She went from everything she is to this completely other character.” Not just pretty vs. ugly. That part for me is the least impressive of the entire transformation. 
Q: How do you feel in your Shama Jade Jumpsuit?
Naomi: I love it! I feel empowered! It goes back to what I was saying before, beauty for me is on the inside. It makes me feel fun and free and whimsical. I walk down the street in mine and people smile and giggle and that’s absolutely what I want from people. So, it’s working.
Q: What can we do as individuals to empower each other as women?
Naomi: Women can be kind of cruel. Maybe stop reading those beauty magazines? I admit I read them myself too so maybe I’m being a little bit of a hypocrite. I don’t really know, I guess if I had an answer for that I’d preach it. Maybe we should start objectifying men, haha! Maybe we should challenge the hot dudes of the world to uglify themselves once in awhile. Why not? Johnny Depp does it sometimes, kudos to him. I challenge more hot actors to do that too. And the “hot-ugly” actresses to be empowered..in their jumpsuits!

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