I'm not really sure when I went from being a girl to a woman. I really only notice, superficially, when I see more wrinkles. But it feels really good to be a woman. Whatever that's worth. Although I always get a little sensitive when someone calls me a woman. I think, "Hey. I'm still a girl, right?" Wrong. It's a work in progress.
But there is something really empowering about being woman. You know [and hopefully love] your body, pay your own bills, have personal goals you are working towards, treat yourself, do things by yourself, and make your own decisions. You know you. And own it.
I recently shot some behind the scene photos [along with a little video.. coming soon] of Malia Murphey while the talented Mellie Tjoeng worked her visual magic. While I was looking at the photos/footage afterwards I thought, "Wow. Malia has really turned into a beautiful woman." I hadn't noticed until now. This is coming from someone who saw Malia modeling since she was [give or take] 15 years old. She was just a girl, really. But now I look at her and I see the woman she is becoming. It is such a beautiful thing. And I'm not just talking about physicality [even though the girls got legs that could stretch across the California interstate.] In my old woman age I get to see a girl blossom into a beautiful human being. Even better.. a beautiful woman.
Becoming a woman. It's a beautiful thing.