Then there came a day where I had had enough. It was time I quit worrying about others and made a statement. Something drastic. I realized how freakin awesome I am and I wasn't going to sit around and let all that I am be covered up by fear. I wanted to be..... different ( *gasp*) !!!
So I created Tawanda. My alter ego. Meet Tawanda:
Tawanda is never nervous, self-concious, or in need of a confidence boost. She is who she is and doesn't apologize for it. She's strong and so very alive. Since creating my alter ego I've allowed myself to explore who I am. I've learned to really love myself. This is not to say I don't have my bad days like everyone else, but I'm not bound by social constraints to be something that I don't want to be.
Tawanda typically manifests herself via my wardrobe and hairstyle. She's gone through some pretty wild looks since her creation in 2008. Here is a small glimpse of the evolution from Alison to Tawanda:
|Summer 2007- Pre-Tawanda|
|January 2008 - Tawanda takes on the pageant world/discovers her true diva self.|
|November 2008- Tawanda goes to her first college formal|
|February 2009- words cannot describe how much my mother hated this look|
|August 2010- Tawanda moves to Auburn; normal hair, not so normal everything else.|
|March 2011- Tawanda goes to Singer's formal with a kindred spirit- Tyreeq (aka Dusty)|
I'll be updating this page periodically as Tawanda evolves into yet another fabulous, fake eyelash wearing, bedazzled, wanna-be drag queen.