PALOMA ELSESSER REDEFINING AMERICAN BEAUTY

If you don’t know Paloma Elsesser, you will now. The voluptuous goddess graced January’s cover of Vogue magazine, an absolutely monumental accomplishment in any models career. The January cover is consistent with Conde Nast's recent vow to incorporate diversity and inclusion in their upcoming issues.

Paloma identifies as Black multiracial woman, but her beautiful mix of cultures - Black, Latinx, and European is indescribable. Her heritage embodies a new and unique aesthetic that aids in redefining American beauty. The stunning supermodel has had a wildly successful career, having walked the runway for labels such as Fendi, Ferragamo, and Savage x Fenty as well as recently starring in Coach’s “Originals Go Their Own Way” campaign.

Outside of career achievements, Elessier's real passion is championing conversations about inclusivity and body positivity. “I wanted to feel centered in my purpose. Modeling is my livelihood and my career, not my passion, but that passion is cloaked within what I do.” Whether she’s encouraging POC and indigenous youth to seek out spaces for support or encouraging other size 14 bodies to feel comfortable in their skin, Palomis is not afraid to use her platform to “be as loud as possible” and inspire others to do the same. The industry has created imagery and a narrative for beauty, but still falls short of its true meaning. With her bold approach, Paloma adds a different facet to what we deem as a society as beautiful. Her greatest hope is to bring deeper meaning and dimension to what many consider a very surface-level career.

POWER THOUGHT

Confidence and beauty from within transforms an individual to radiate externally. There is no hiding who you are when you know who you are. Beauty comes in all forms but make sure it starts from within! Be bold in who you are. Be bold in what you do. Stand tall and know how you express your beauty can help others in their journey.

“'Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.” - Psalm 139:13-16