gIRL series: Nia

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Emma Hoareau

Emma Hoareau
April 21, 2019


gIRL series: Nia

I only met Nia recently but we instantly got on. Her instagram handle @NiaTheLight really describe’s her well as that is exactly what she is – a ray of warm, friendly, smiley sunshine. She is very open, and it was only the second time we met that we decided to shoot this series together, and I’m so glad we did as they are some of the favourite photos I have ever taken. Below, she shares her ideals on beauty.


What makes you feel beautiful?
I think it changes everyday but nothing feels more real and raw than when I have washed my hair, exfoliated my skin and fed my soul with healthy food. I love feeling good on the inside, it always reflects on the exterior. I try not to depend on my physical attributions to feel beautiful though, there is so much beauty in someone who is a good person and has a lot of love within.


What is beauty to you?
Beauty is within. We all have this perception that beauty is about your appearance but it is about the soul. Everything you are within shows. Beauty is owning who you are and embracing every part of it. There is so much freedom in that and the most beautiful people I’ve met are the ones who have taken the time to acknowledge who they are and what they are all about.


What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?
I’d have to say a pregnant woman or a Sunset I saw in Zimbabwe once. Women underestimate how much power and strength they have so witnessing my cousins, my sister or my Step Mum bring life into the world has just been a beautiful blessing. As well as that, Mother Nature literally blesses us every single day and a sunset will always make me stop what I am doing to admire it. I was in Zimbabwe at my friends house party and we were all in the garden listening to music bbq’ing our lives away when the sky turned purple with rays of pink. Everyone was so immersed in conversation that I had to sit on the grass to just admire it and take it all in. I can still see it in detail and still feel how the grass did because I was truly living in the moment.