We invited the women who walked our #trueradgirl pop-up runway at Melbourne Fashion Week to talk to us about why they decided to get their kit off in support of Silent Arrow & Australian women in need.
I never thought I’d have the guts to walk in my underwear in front of a huge crowd. But when my best mate asked me, I thought “why the hell not, I’m a woman with hips, boobs and booty, and I should be proud of my body… just like every woman should be”
To be part of this show makes me proud. It makes me proud knowing that I may inspire other woman to own their beautiful bodies. With all the amazing, diverse woman in the world, we are god damn powerful!
Much love to Silent Arrow and everyone involved who have put their heart and soul into making woman feel fabulous and unique
Vulnerability and I have never really been mates and Confidence is the mean Aunty I never wanted. Yet here I am. Strutting down the catwalk, baring all (figuratively speaking) in the raddest lingerie with a bunch of the truest babes… I secretly love being in front of the camera, it was my dream to be an actress until that annoying Aunty’s voice in my head told me I couldn’t do it.
32 years I’ve walked in this skin. And in another 32 years I hope I can look back on this Bec and be proud of the way she walked, talked and connected with the world in this skin. I’ve made a promise to myself, my future daughters and their future daughters that I will continue to fight the good fight. The future IS female, and I’m excited. Thank you Bianca for asking me to be apart of this fun. And a big and beautiful heartfelt congratulations and thanks to Kelly, on the magnificent birth of Silent Arrow, and for standing strong and proud for what it means to be a #TrueRadGirl
I never imagined an invitation would challenge me to think about who I am, who I am as a woman and also as a human being.
When I was invited to take part of silent arrow’s #TrueRadGirl runway I placed myself in a position where I had to decide if I was able to model in underwear. I thought about my body, if I was confident with my body? If I was confident to show it off, I am not the ideal perfect woman that is glamourised, I am not tall, skinny, I do not have perfect skin, I am hairy and I have big hips.
My teenage years were not easy, I suffered from eating disorders because I am perfectionist and I was obsessed with having perfect everything, perfect under my own terms and my own terms were not realistic, healthy or good for myself, actually my idea of perfection was to simply disappear because I wasn’t gonna fit into what I believed was beautiful and perfect at the time.
Then I just almost lost the battle, a battle I didn’t even want to fight, I just wanted to be nothing and it took reaching the bottom to understand that THIS body I have is MINE… it is all I have of my own, in the most intimate and real sense, and so is YOURS… it’s only yours!
I am walking Silent Arrow’s #TrueRadGirl for me, to thank my body, because my body is a good body, my body allows me to feel, to walk, to dance, to draw, to write, to see, to smell, to touch, my body allows me so many things that I finally realized, I don’t want to hide, to be ashamed, to be scared or insecure. I finally understood that it what loving yourself is about.
I love the freedom loving myself gives me, it gives me the freedom to be confident, fierce and edgy. It gives me the strength of not letting myself down.
This is why I’m walking this runway because I will never let myself down ever again. I will not be scared or ashamed and when I walk I will do it for me, for every girl that doesn’t feel comfortable in her own skin and also, I am walking to leave behind my insecurities.
I am a #TrueRadGirl and I want to encourage more people to step up and say I’m also a #TrueRadGirl and I am not afraid, ashamed or insecure. I’m strong, I’m beautiful, I’m confident and I’m a woman, and this is my liberation chant.
I work in a male dominated industry, in a technical role and I am tired of shedding off other people’s perception of who I’m supposed to be. Walking in the #TrueRadGirl catwalk is allowing me to reclaim my own body. I am a woman and I am a DAMN good filmmaker… and I can be BOTH. I do not have to choose,
and neither should you!
I’ve always been a person of strong convictions and opinions and this has often lead to the misconception by others as well as myself that I am not a vulnerable person. But as I grow older and gather more experience of life I have been confronted more and more with my vulnerabilities as a person and more importantly as a woman. I used to think being vulnerable was akin to being weak but with the advent of becoming a mother I have come to realise that my vulnerabilities are also my strengths.
I suffered post-natal depression after the birth of my daughter and I remember clearly the biggest fear I had was not that I wasn’t connected to my child but that I would somehow fail her. That the limitations I felt I had as a woman and mother would be passed to her. That experience was punishing but it strengthened me in ways I could never have imagined. It helped set me on a path to be the best person, woman and mother I can be for myself and my daughter.
Now I am a solo-parent and I am constantly drawing on my strengths as well as building more confidence and power that I am enough. I’ve also found that surrounding myself with women that support each other in our “sisterhood” has been invaluable.
Now I’m 40, and am faced with the paradox that whilst my body is changing in ways that as a culture and society we are taught is undesirable, I would not turn back time to when my skin was tauter, my breasts perkier, my hair blonde instead of shot with grey. My inner world is stronger, my belief in myself as a woman stronger than it has ever been and I want to continue on with this journey.
My body houses my soul and my mind, the holy trinity that carries me through life and has allowed me to give life and I choose to celebrate this.
Doing the rehearsals has been amazing for myself and my daughter. Watching my Annushka interact with a diverse group of wonderful women gives me confidence that she is building a strong foundation for being the woman she will choose to be for herself and that she will love and own her womanhood proudly – as she should.
Silent Arrow has given me the opportunity to revel in my womanhood, motherhood and sisterhood while looking hot AF.
When I walk for Silent Arrow what I’ll be wearing is my heart and I am proud.
I used to do modelling back in the day but after being told I “wasn’t what people were looking for” a number of times I decided to stop doing it.
When Ellie (super rad event organiser) asked if I wanted to be a part of this runway show I though why the HELL NOT but as the rehearsal day got closer I felt sick to my stomach with self doubt and almost pulled out.
I didn’t want to let Ellie down so I made myself come along and as soon as I met all of the girls, and tried on the AMAZING lingerie, I instantly felt bad ass!
I forgot how much FUN it was to strut your stuff on a catwalk.
This was suppose to just be a fun thing but has actually really given back a little bit of confidence I lost a long time ago!
Thank you Silent Arrow for your beautiful/super comfortable lingerie, and thank you for letting me be apart of this fabulous show!
I’m walking in the #TrueRadGirl runway to celebrate my body and show my support for this great community of strong, inspiring women!