Interview: Hayet Rida, Living In Her Truth!

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Hayet Rida
Interview: Hayet Rida, Living In Her Truth!
Hayet Rida

Source: Photographer: Isi Akahome Makeup - Tiffany Morrison Hair - Shakira Williams Cover look: Outfit by Ezer Ghana Ring by Bauble Bar Tropical Look: Jumpsuit by SimplyBe Uk Jewelry by BaubleBar Styled by Hayet Rida Assistant Stylist Darian Weaver
Hayet Rida
Interview: Hayet Rida, Living In Her Truth!
Hayet Rida

Source: Photographer: Isi Akahome Makeup - Tiffany Morrison Hair - Shakira Williams Cover look: Outfit by Ezer Ghana Ring by Bauble Bar Tropical Look: Jumpsuit by SimplyBe Uk Jewelry by BaubleBar Styled by Hayet Rida Assistant Stylist Darian Weaver
Hayet Rida
Interview: Hayet Rida, Living In Her Truth!
Hayet Rida

Source: Photographer: Isi Akahome Makeup - Tiffany Morrison Hair - Shakira Williams Cover look: Outfit by Ezer Ghana Ring by Bauble Bar Tropical Look: Jumpsuit by SimplyBe Uk Jewelry by BaubleBar Styled by Hayet Rida Assistant Stylist Darian Weaver

Trailblazer, motivating, inspiring, and oh yes, Fashionable!

These are all words that describe a thriving force in our world! A woman whose presence is felt miles across the globe! A women who had to overcome her truth and walk in her purpose to not only save herself, but to save other women by giving them the power to walk in their truth.

Hayet Rida is a name that you want to know.

Speaking with her was a memorizing experience. To hear that women in other countries have the same life experiences as many of us plus size women made me want to get to know this wonderful Luxe Beautie even more!

Hailing from the motherland, Africa (Ghana), Hayet has had her share of body shaming and low self-esteem, and has taken a real journey to start loving her true beauty!

Hayet Rida

LK: Growing up in Ghana what is the perspective of Kurvy women in Africa vs. Kurvy women in the United States?

I had to break free and love me for me.Hayet Rida

HR: “In a country where being curvy should be celebrated and accepted, Ghana has a hypocritical approach to curvy women. On the surface, Ghana has the perspective of being Curvy, Bold, Big and Beautiful is embraced in reality it’s not! Being teased by adults, strangers and children is normal in Ghana if you are plus size. People would look at me and just see my size first and not me, Hayet. The men are always the first to tell you how much weight you need to lose. I remember walking down the street and people would yell out to me “OBOLO” which means “Big!” Strangers would just yell that at me when I was younger. Being plus size is not truly celebrated in my country.”

“My weight became my handicap a handicap I did not want have! I had to break free and love me for me. I had to accept me and when I did I found myself! I experienced it all; emotionally abused and feeling my job was to make a man want me. It’s so sad that as women we are raised or programmed that our number one job is to keep a man!”

LK: Depression effects a number of people every year to the point they end their lives and being a plus size teen growing up I knew firsthand how it felt to battle depression. At times as young women we do not know what it is. Depression did affect Hayet when she was a teen and also into her adult life.

HR: “Growing up I knew something was wrong with me but at the time I didn’t know what “Depression” was. I knew I had to help myself because get through it. I battled it for years until I knew it was time for a change. I did not want to live my life like this anymore. I was at the bottom and knew that the only place I can go is up. I went on a trip to Jamaica and it just hit me that I did not deserve this anymore. I deserved to be happy and to embrace everything about myself. On that trip I found my voice and decided to use it!”

Hayet Rida

LK: When you decided to share your journey and life with the world what was one of the biggest hurdles you faced?

I was put here for a reason and I will embrace me!Hayet Rida

HR: “Being worried about what people would think. I think we all at some point worry about what people might say but once I started getting messages from my readers telling me how my story helped them and inspired them, I knew I had to jump over that hurdle and let the world know that I’m living in my truth! I was put here for a reason and I will embrace me!

LK: The plus size industry has made head way but we still have a ways to go. What do you think are our industries biggest challenges that we need to get through?

HR: “Putting REAL women out their! We need to show the world the true size of a woman. I see a number of brands show tiny waists and big hipped women, and to them that is plus size when it’s not. We need to show the world that we are truly happy with ourselves and any size! Show the world that all women are beautiful!”

LK: What is next for Hayet?

HR: Inspire and motivate! One of my dreams is to become a motivational speaker so I can be an example to all woman and especially young girls. I want to not show them that it is okay to embrace their bodies and to live in their truth!

Hayet Rida is a woman who is teaching ALL of us that loving yourself is about living in your truth. Loving how GOD made you and teaching the world that your kurves should be worn as a badge of honor not shame! Learning more about this beautiful soul reminded me why we all do what we do for ourselves, and that we all have a gift to share with the world!

For more information about Hayet Rida, please visit her blog 

Photographer: Isi Akahome

Isi Akahome

Makeup – Tiffany Morrison

Tiffany Morrison

Hair – Shakira Williams

Shakira Williams

Cover Look:

Outfit by Ezer Ghana

Ring by Bauble Bar

Tropical Look:

Jumpsuit by SimplyBe Uk

Jewelry by BaubleBar

Styled by Hayet Rida

Assistant Stylist Darian Weaver

Brandee Kurvy J

Brandee Kurvy J

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