“For me Beautiful LGBTI women means … ” – Red Fern Lingerie

15577976_1643200875974390_1263920519301211539_oComing up to three years in my “Integration” I have been blessed to have met some of the most inspiring, caring, and beautiful women in my life.

I recently met a woman from Sydney named Tina, who is a Breast Cancer survivor, and designer of beautiful lingerie for Breast Cancer survivors (I am modelling one in the pictures below). We both got to talking and realised there were some similar emotions and battles we face as women (not the same, just similar) and identified there is a lot both groups of women can learn from one another.

This has come at the same time as the photo shoot I did for Breastscreen Victoria called ‘Beautiful Women’ which was about celebrating the beauty of LGBTI women.
(Not the attached photo)

I know my body is far from perfect, I’m overweight and I have massive scars on my abdomen, but I have learned that none of this matters. It is the light we shine in this world and the love we give that makes us most beautiful to others. This is one of my absolute favourite bras by Red Fern Lingerie: Ava Sapphire Blue Mastectomy Bra

So as a big thank you, this is for you Tina Doueihi.

I was asked to complete this sentence:

“For me Beautiful LGBTI women means … ”

… that coming out as our true selves is more about the empowerment of self. Society is resistant to seeing women with a less than ‘perfect’ image. So positive female power is the courage to walk into a room and being unapologetically yourself which cannot be diluted or ignored.

There’s an enormous amount of judgment of ourselves and by others and the more we can strip that away the better. It’s incredibly challenging for young girls these days and we must remind them that “life goes on for a long time and you’ll be many things in that time”.

As a Trans Parent of two young daughters I am against “false beauty standards” and promote “natural beauty and femininity” to make a powerful statement about being a modern woman. The reality is we live, we love, we continue, and we contribute all with truth and that’s the true essence of beauty.


All things Red Fern Lingerie

Red Fern Lingerie are supporters of the breast cancer community. The breast cancer community provided Tina with hope and support and now it is time to give back.

Charities Red Fern Lingerie supports

Remember to check your breasts at the same time each month. You should check two to three days after your period ends. If you no longer have periods, choose a regular day each month for breast examination. See your doctor if you notice any changes in your breasts.

The easiest place to do this?
The shower.

Put your left hand behind your head. With your right hand, use circular movements to examine your left breast for lumps or thickening.
Feel lightly, then press firmly, feeling for anything deeper. Next, examine up to the collarbone and out to the armpit. Then do the other side.

#checkyourbreasts #breastcancer #breastcanceraus #inspirationalwomen #confidence #mastectomy#sexysurvivors #redfernlingerie #letsdothis #newyearnewme #fuckcancer

Published by mishsheppard

Michelle's powerful combination of self and community shines through the platform of radio which has helped raised the public profile and national dialogue of transgender, gender diverse and intersex issues on a national scale. Surprisingly nothing is off limits with Michelle who connects with her audience brilliantly; obviously through her humor and unapologetic blunt honesty. She is often labelled as an inspiring advocate and role model for youth and adults alike and hers is a powerful story to tell. We know that when a woman has the support of her community, especially her sisters, she is unstoppable. Michelle’s wider support from the women around her, LGBTI+ or ally alike, has helped develop her own unstoppable resilience and body positive confidence that she inspires others with. Now a sought-after public speaker Michelle is admired for her bold public representation of the Transgender community as works to break through the barriers of unconscious bias, cultural and structural issues to ensure equality of opportunity for all Australian work spaces. Winner of the ANZ Excellence in Business Award, ‘LGBTI Jobs’ a relatively new project, they pair LGBTI graduates and jobseekers to companies that embrace inclusion initiatives. “We’ve started a business that helps anybody who’s in the LGBTI Community. We go to companies and see what they are you doing. This isn’t just for me, this is for the entire community and we are going to make a massive change.” Michelle was recently celebrated alongside some truly amazing individuals from our community as part of the ‘The LOTL Power List 2016’ as someone who does everything in their power to make life that little bit better for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities: sometimes with blood, sweat and tears; and sometimes just by being themselves. Michelle is also a finalist for ‘MTV – LGBTI Broadcaster and Presenter’ in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2017. Awards Globe Awards 2016 - ANZ Excellence in Business Award The LOTL Power List 2016 (28/40) Finalist for ‘MTV – LGBTI Broadcaster and Presenter’ in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2017

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