What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty to me means acceptance and confidence in one’s self.
When do you feel most beautiful?
I feel most beautiful when I am being myself.
What does being a woman mean to you?
Being a woman means exuding grace, love, and strength.
What do you love about yourself?
I love my willpower, resilience, and strength to move forward.
Tell me your story.
I grew up in a small town that wasn’t big enough for my dreams. Growing up, I didn’t have a good relationship with my parents and didn’t know what love felt like. I moved to Houston, Texas at the age of 17 because I knew that I wanted more for my life. During my ten-year tenure there, I fought to love myself. I fought for my happiness. A spur of the moment decision led me to leave everything and everyone behind to move forward with my life for myself. That was when I knew that the love that I had been searching and fighting for was within myself.
I moved to Chicago knowing only one person, but as I look back it was probably for the best. Almost two years later, I have developed friendships that will likely last a lifetime because I am not seeking validation or love from anyone but myself. I’m genuinely happy with my life and in my life. I genuinely love myself, more than anyone on this earth could ever love me.
What do you think was the biggest turning point in your life?
When I learned that the love that I had been seeking was already within me.
Please finish the statement- I am a person who…
was made to love.
Tell me about a goal you are working on.
I am working on continuing to conquer all of my fears. I am working on receiving all that is good for me and releasing everyone and everything that does not support that.
Toma Houston Photography is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Specializing in children’s and portrait photography, serving the Greater Chicagoland area. You can view more of Toma Houston Photography’s portfolio here.