CGF BRAND AMBASSADOR: BRIEANA MITCHELL
Share a little bit about yourself, who is Brieana?
That’s such a tough question. I worked in social services and I’m currently doing individual and family therapy, and one of the funniest things I always hear people say when I ask that question is “How do I answer that?” I think it’s difficult because in our own right, we’re all still trying to figure that out. So for now I’ll say I’m a bit of sarcasm, devoted Christianity, and fashion rolled into one lol.
What made you want to become a CGF brand ambassador?
One of the biggest things I do outside of my blogging and 9-5 exploits is work with the youth. I’m a youth leader at my place of worship and over the past few years of being in that position, as well as just being around young people in general, I’ve learned that they struggle and battle with negative images on a DAILY basis. These might be negative images of Christians, black girls, girls with natural hair, boys with no fathers, etc. And one of my main hopes in working so closely with them is to help them understand that the flaws do exist. There’s no secret answer in getting around being taller than you wished, not having the money you desire, or growing up with smaller boobs than you crossed your fingers for. We have to own that. THAT is a part of who you are and rather than allowing it to define you, you have to use what God gifted you with for the greater good. One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is Psalms 139:14 which states, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” What better way can I show my kids that, then by standing in front of them week after week fully within myself?
How is the community of women within the CGF brand ambassador program?
I can honestly say I’ve never experienced anything like it! I wrote a post a while back about sisterhood and how certain things have made it difficult for women to truly bond with one another. What I loved so much about our little community was how quickly we began to do just that! And I haven’t even met any of these beautiful women face to face yet. The different walks of life really just empowered me to continue telling my story. Even in our differences, they’re a lot like me, and I enjoy knowing that I’ve been welcomed into a community of comrades like that.
Name the number one thing you wish to achieve by being apart of the CGF movement?
I definitely want to deliver the message that we all have a bit of a curvy girl fever in us. What I’ve learned in the time being apart of this program is not that this is some exclusive ‘club’ of divas, bloggers, and models. We are insecure. We do have bad hair days. We all had to muddle through some things we’re not so happy to talk about. But those things are what make the brand. We, as individuals have to strive to be better than the person we were the day before so that we can continue to write our story. As a band of sisters though? It’s our job to hold our fellow ‘curvy girl’ up and tell her, ‘You can do this too.’ Whatever that means to you. You can do it. And I’m here to help.
What advice would you give to fellow curvy girls?Tell that little nagging voice in the back of your head that’s keeping you from losing those 10 pounds, starting your business, or getting out of a bad relationship to “SHUT UP.”