Black Girls Run, Black Girls Rock, and more than ever Black Girls ARE unapologetically Beautiful! How do we know this, because we walked the Beautiful Mile! A mile like no other in that we are moving our bodies, but instead of just igniting sweat, we are igniting an entire movement based upon the empowerment of women from all corners of the great city of Atlanta. Ardre Orie, activist/ filmmaker and the creator of the prolific documentary, I AM, the story of translating the voices of women from all walks of life, finally answering why only 2% of women in the U.S. think themselves as beautiful.
The Beautiful Mile founder, fueled with this knowledge and bolstered by change, decided to bring women together in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward Park. Women making the word confident shine a little brighter, came to celebrate their own uniquely wonderful selves. This one mile praising all things woman, including a beauty bar make-up lounge, organic foods and coffees, and the flyest customized chic boutiques, all there with one purpose in mind, WOMEN POWER. The centralized purpose is to foster whatever these rainbows of women saw as making them more whole, making them more open, making them more in a sense… beautiful, filled the streets. As women literally walked this mile in heels, sneakers, boots, and flats the beauty was not in anything that could be seen ironically. The beauty in this mile was the sense of pride, the sense of self-worth, and ultimately the sense of empowerment that radiated from each BEAUTIFUL participant. Hopefully, Orie’s Beautiful Mile, an array of talented, confident, bold and trendsetting women will hopefully be walking, stomping, running, gliding, two-stepping or skipping to a city near you.
Written by: Sabreen Shabazz-Straker