#FallIntoFormation: Overcoming Challenges

Our #FALLintoFormation collection celebrates you in all of your fierce glory, with two fucks given and zero apologies! When we had the photoshoot, we asked the models about some challenges they’ve overcome and here is what they had to say:

Freak Flag Cake Topper
Freak Flag Cake Topper

Photo by Elyse Whall

Madeleine: I’m learning that focusing on everything I’ve done wrong versus acknowledging the things I’ve done well is harmful to moving forward and growing as a creative. Learning to exercise patience and gentleness toward myself has become my greatest challenge.”

#fallintoformation Yaass photobooth sign
Yaass Photo Booth signage

Photo by Elyse Whall

Amara:One challenge I had to overcome was feeling very insecure due to my small figure. It was very difficult as a child to young adulthood as people would negatively comment on it and make me feel down about it. At this point in my life I am happy in the skin I’m in and I wouldn’t change it for the world. At the end of the day I am a model and I eat healthy and exercise daily. What is there to complain about right? ;)”

Foreva Eva Cake Topper The Roc Shop
Foreva Eva Cake Topper

Photo by Elyse Whall

Bethany: “can’t say I’ve quite overcome this one, as it will likely be a lifelong task, but learning to deal with anxiety. It’s super important to me that we work on changing the stigma against mental illness and anxiety in general. sometimes it feels like my nervous system is single handedly trying to take out my body. but alas, here I stand (sit), better than I was yesterday – and most importantly- able to look back and LOL at the misc. predicaments I’ve been in as a result of this ‘ailment’ (I’m looking at you, lady who held my hand on that 11-seater flight from memphis to atlanta. you are an angel!)”

Good Vibes Photo Booth Signage
Good Vibes Photo Booth Signage

Photo by Elyse Whall

Shannan: When I was young, I was bullied in school. I was often left out by the popular girls and made out to feel like I wasn’t good enough. I recently realized that it was this occurrence in my life that gave me this underlying fear of rejection. And while I still battle that fear from time to time, especially now as an entrepreneur, I’m so grateful for this childhood experience because it’s taught me to love rejection. That might sound crazy but I’ve learned that rejection doesn’t mean I’ve failed. I may have lost the micro-battle but in the end, the fact that I took a chance, took a risk, took some freakin’ ACTION… that’s what’s going to help me to win the war.”

Oh You Fancy Cake Topper
Oh You Fancy Cake Topper

Photo by Elyse Whall

Erika: “Growing up I was always thinking about the future and had this perfect idea and plan of what the outcome would be. Over the years I’ve learned to let go and just enjoy life at the moment and to not stress about where I am in the next 5-10 years. I was able to let go of the family pressures and what a perfect life is because there’s no such thing. I’ve learned to enjoy each day and stay positive. I’ve learned to not dwell on negativity and appreciate everything in life. I can honestly say that every year gets better and I feel more confident and have no regrets about who I am or where I am.”

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Fiesty Stir Stick

Photo by Elyse Whall

Nicole:  Going through a “Divorce and starting my life over and going back to school.  I love that I am always trying to stay positive, be happy and laugh a lot; and share all those things with the people I care about.”


We know we can relate to these challenges and we love being inspired by “everyday” women like these. What are some things you’ve overcome?

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