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Beautiful, Strip Away the Labels

Y O U .  A R E  .  N O T  .  P  R E T T Y

You are not tall

You are not ugly

You are not small

You are not white

You are not black

You are not slow

You are not ‘fast’

You are not loose

You are not uptight

You are not out of mind

Nor are you out of sight

You are not skinny

You are not fat…or phat…or fatt

You are not sexy

You are not ‘all that’

You are not the sh*t

You are not a b*tch

You are not a stepping-stone

A building block

A some-thing to own

You are not classy

Nor are you last season

You are not a fashion offender

‘You’ doesn’t require a reason

You are not your hair

You are not your eyes

Real or otherwise,

You are simply not to be defined

You are not too much of anything

You are equal parts enough

You do not wear too much make-up

You don’t ‘not wear enough’

You are not your past

You are not your weight

You are not what you were called

On that very good bad date



My Dear




Why do I call you nothing?!!

Because that’s exactly what YOU ARE.

No – Thing

Not – A – Thing

You are not a thing

So we’ve ripped off all the labels

And what’s left is what you are

See how you don’t cease to exist?

You know who you are!

Silence the voices

Rip off the labels

And life will begin to be

A little more stable


You’re not for sale

Not even in a West End

High End

New Season Trend


You’re a Designer’s Original.

You are You

Labels come and go

You are here to stay

You are not up for bid

Or definition

You are not an adjective

That can be bestowed

Then latter un-told

You are nothing





You are Beautiful

Hair done or not

Skin smooth or not

In every shade you’ve got

Even the darker shade on your butt

You are Beautiful

Bloody or bushy

Waxed or wacky

You are Beautiful

Sexy or sassy

Socially different

Or life of the contemporary party

You are not the things you’ve been called

Good or Bad

You are simply beautiful

Strip everything away

And what is left

Is Beautiful.

Who you are today – beautiful

Who you will be tomorrow – beautiful

When you feel empowered – beautiful

When you feel inadequate – beautiful

When you got your hair did, nails did, everything did – beautiful

When you’ve got nothing done – beautiful.

Your ‘beautiful’

is not dependent

on circumstance,

or achievement,

or acknowledgement,

or appreciation,

or enhancement

or modification!

It simply is.

Darling sweet woman, if you’re breathing – you’re beautiful.


You need not do more to earn your beautiful.

It is your birthright.

It is yours.

It is your essence.

It is your core.

Your beautiful is not a label. It is a staple. It’s who you are in every state of being.

Strip away all the labels. Because when you are no longer defined by anything…then you realize you are everything.

Zeni St. John

  • Zanak

    Zeni! Congratulations!

    July 1, 2016 at 12:02 pm Reply
  • Rania LibraLuv

    I love this Zeni!

    July 1, 2016 at 12:02 pm Reply
  • Odochi uzoma

    Love, love, love!!!! I am ‘not-a-thing’. I am everything that I am ❤. I am me.

    July 1, 2016 at 1:29 pm Reply
  • Esosa

    Love this! Empowering and true! You are beautiful Zeni, inside and out! I’m excited for your new project.

    July 1, 2016 at 3:22 pm Reply
  • Edith OKEKE

    This is just right!!!!!!! beautiful.

    July 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm Reply
  • SR St J

    This is an amazing liberating message for any woman young or old. You are NOTHING, NOT A THING. More ink to your pen. Congratulations!

    July 1, 2016 at 5:31 pm Reply
  • Aribaba

    Nice! Love it… Congratulations

    July 1, 2016 at 5:56 pm Reply
  • Testimony

    Whoolp whooop! Welcome!!! Now do your thing!!!!

    July 1, 2016 at 6:48 pm Reply
  • Amina

    Beautiful messgae Zeni love!!! Looking forward to more reads….

    July 1, 2016 at 7:49 pm Reply
  • Uchenna Onwukeme

    I love this!

    July 1, 2016 at 9:22 pm Reply
  • Prof. Onyia

    Amazing is all I can say Dear Zeni.. I will recommend to friends and family.. Refreshing and insightful.

    July 1, 2016 at 9:46 pm Reply
  • Kyenpiya Nyabam

    Proud of you girl

    July 2, 2016 at 1:38 am Reply
  • Ana Lee

    The concept of empowering women also creates a pressure to conform ourselves to society’s criteria on careerpaths, degrees, appearances, and family roles.
    Clearly, the direction of this community sets out to empower women as who we are, how it should be without the preconditions- accessible and attainable by all women.
    Congratulations to the founder of this community and website for this solid start!

    July 2, 2016 at 2:09 am Reply
  • Keren-Happuch Taple

    Such a beautiful peice❤️

    July 2, 2016 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Neusa G

    There are not enough words in this world to explain how much I believe in this dream
    You have created a powerful platform for women to come together, be inspired and to inspire.


    I cannot wait to see What the future holds for this website. I’m so proud of you Zeni!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love nene

    July 2, 2016 at 1:13 pm Reply
  • Haye

    This is wonderful Zeni. Looking for forward to more. Beautiful piece…sending to a number of people who need to be reminded of certain things. Thanks a lot for this…

    July 2, 2016 at 2:17 pm Reply
  • Tazz

    Wow, This Is Simply Beautiful 🙂 Absolutly Love It, Wel Done Zen

    July 2, 2016 at 2:25 pm Reply
  • Ego A-O

    Wow!!! This is exciting Zen. Well thought out. Thanks for freeing many women. U’re such a motivator. Huge congratulations. I’m so so proud of you.

    July 2, 2016 at 2:50 pm Reply
  • Fati

    Love it, Welldone. A refreshing style of writing and content

    July 2, 2016 at 3:27 pm Reply
  • Brig Gen Saleh Bala

    Congratulations Zenie! Proud of you…

    July 2, 2016 at 5:07 pm Reply
  • Jamila

    Beautifully said!!

    July 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm Reply
  • Sekyen

    This is awesome, it is quite uplifting!

    July 2, 2016 at 9:29 pm Reply
  • Casi Jinx

    You better preach that good word sister-girl!

    July 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm Reply
  • Joanne

    I am who I am… Beautiful. Zeni you are amazing!!

    July 3, 2016 at 4:48 pm Reply
  • Tiisetso Mhlongo

    This is so beautiful Zeni❤

    July 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm Reply
  • Mitun D

    That was beautiful! Very inspiring & encouraging. All women should get to read this.

    July 3, 2016 at 11:38 pm Reply
  • Dantala & Chioma

    Masterpiece! Way to go sis. More power to you.

    July 4, 2016 at 12:48 am Reply
  • Emeka Michael

    Wonderfully said Zeni. Congratulations and I look foward to this journey.

    July 4, 2016 at 1:26 am Reply
  • Yasmin Kamara

    This is lovely, congrats on the blog Zeni!

    July 4, 2016 at 8:26 am Reply
    • Sekyen

      Thanks for honour of sharing with me, I feel elated and uplifted. It is what I needed in the circumstances.

      July 7, 2016 at 7:56 am Reply
  • Rach

    I Love love love. Congratulations Zeni on this new project. I am enjoying it already

    July 8, 2016 at 10:39 am Reply

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