I found this YouTube video of Tarriona “Tank” Ball, the singer from New Orleans-based group “Tank and The Bangas,” and it was beautiful. It was raw. It was inspiring. It was brave. Despite her huge personality, It seemed that as she peeled off another layer of clothing, she became more in touch with her inner truth and revealed how she really felt being a big girl. In this image conscious society, we dress to impress and our clothes can convey all kinds of messages to the receiver. They cover our bodies like armor. They serve as protection or shelter, from past traumas, if you will. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the clothes, that we forget what and who is wearing those clothes. Who are we really behind that fashionable façade?
As someone who is fashion and fitness conscious, her video challenged me to look inside myself and at myself minus the clothes. Yes, having a fit body that meets my standards is important but what’s inside is just as important to understand who I am and what truths are lurking inside that need to considered. We grow. We evolve. We stretch. Sometimes baring the naked truth enables us to do this. Have you done this? Looked at yourself minus the clothes, the hair, the makeup, etc. and wondered who you really were? Don’t get me wrong, I love all those things that make me feel girly and pretty but I also never want to lose touch of my essence, my naked truth. Take a moment and check out her video and tell me what you think.
Ciao for now Bellas!