Be confident. But only in a certain way.

300 USD

15% of proceeds will be donated to Womankind (, nonprofit dedicated to helping survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma.

YEAR 2018
MEDIUM Acrylic ink 
EDITION Original artwork
FRAMED In white

Each artwork was created after having a conversation with a woman about her gendered contradiction. This is part of a series called Defying Dualities. Learn more about the work here: www.takeupspacebybng.

Be confident. But only in a certain way.

“I would rather be the person to just put it all out there and be ridiculous than feel pressured to be proper and mannered. I'm very fortunate in the sense that I have a job which I'm not at risk of an employer. Like everyone at my work follows me including my boss. She comes to work and she's like you're really good at those ugly photos. I'm like thank you!

Make a point to diversify who you follow, whether that's body types or race. Actively make it happen. Now, I almost always only follow other women of color and people with different body types. This has helped me so much because it normalizes things for me. I don't feel as much pressure to be a certain body shape or have a certain look. I've made such a big effort in my life to follow women of color that are advocating for diversity. You are getting access to better content about the world.

And if someone on social media makes you feel guilty, sad or jealous, unfollow them. No matter how much you like their stuff you're going to continue feeling shitty about yourself. Follow people that when they post, every single thing they posted you either like or you genuinely want to support them." –Natasha J.