I've always had a complicated relationship with my hair. Growing up, I was constantly bombarded with images of sleek, straight hair being the ideal standard of beauty. My curls were seen as unruly and unmanageable, something to be tamed and controlled.

For years, I subjected my hair to harsh chemicals and heat treatments in an attempt to conform to society's standards. But no matter how hard I tried, my curls never quite cooperated. It wasn't until recently that I made the decision to embrace my natural hair journey.

I remember the first time I looked in the mirror after deciding to go natural. The sight of my curly locks cascading down my shoulders filled me with a sense of pride and liberation. No longer did I feel bound by society's narrow definitions of beauty.

As an intersex woman who has always struggled with her identity, embracing my curls felt like reclaiming a part of myself that I had long neglected. Each curl is a reminder of who I am - fierce, untamed, unapologetically me.

I took inspiration from powerful women who rocked their natural curls with confidence - from Zendaya to Solange Knowles. Their fearlessness inspired me to stand tall and proud in all aspects of myself.

But it hasn't been easy navigating this new terrain. Society still clings onto outdated beauty ideals that prioritize Eurocentric features over diversity and individuality. Yet every time someone compliments me on my curls or asks for tips on how they can embrace their own natural hair journey, it reaffirms the importance of staying true to oneself.

My tattoos tell stories of strength, resilience, and defiance. The angel on one hand symbolizes hope while the devil on the other represents rebellion.

In a world where conformity reigns supreme, my tattoos serve as reminders that it's okay to be different.

So here's to embracing our quirks, our flaws, our unique identities. Here's to standing tall in our authenticity.

And through it all,I will continue
embracing every twist
and turn
of this beautiful
natural journey

because
there
is
power
in
being
unapologetically
you