Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Accepting yourself

In the last 5 years, I've changed significantly - my look, my style, the way I view life. 5 years can seem long to some, short to others. To me, it's both. I went from a university student studying piano to Tokyo-based model, went from long, light-brown locks to short, black chops. In terms of looks, I've learned to fully appreciate the features given to me from my parents. Even my terrible complexion that is half-genetic and also caused by stress and other factors, are now my battle scars. 

If I had stayed in my hometown after college, I would have never known the world I am in right now. Living alone, away from my family, trying to navigate this country that is sometimes familiar, more oftentimes confusing because of my American ways. I've lost people, but gained connections and friendships of more people who have watched me grow, suffer, then grow some more. I am nowhere near perfect, but I'm finally learning to accept myself, the things I cannot change, and also the things I can improve. 

It might take some a long time before they are truly comfortable in their own skin, and that's fine. But it really doesn't help to compare yourself to others, to be better than other people, and not be a better version of yourself. I can say that it didn't really help me. Find inspiration in others and your surroundings, and incorporate that into your ever-changing self. Then maybe, people will find inspiration in you, too. Love yourself first - it will change everything only in good ways.




Photos by Ryo Maeda, hair & makeup by Tadaaki Higashimura


  1. Such beautiful words with gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing this! :)

  2. Beautiful words. Turning 23 this year and it is kinda scary how much I've grown the past 5 years. Thank you for sharing <3

    Real Life Nerd //

  3. These pictures are so expressive. Also really like the text - it truly takes a lot of time to accept the person you really are, until you're comfortable with yourself. By the way, being half-genetic is something I'm quite familiar with, as well. There'll always be people judging others by their appearance, but I think it got a lot better with the globalization/the world being multicultural as never before :)

    Patrick |

  4. Loving the photos, super beautiful. And the wiring is beautiful too <3

    The Quirky Queer

  5. lovely post and gorgeous photos! I have definitely grown to love myself more over the past 5 years, it's an amazing feeling.

  6. very well written samantha, i totally agree with you that it all begins with self-love. and you studied piano, wow! i always had a thing for people who were musically talented. :)

  7. Such an inspiring post Samantha! I agree, we should strive to be better versions of ourselves rather than those of others. These are very encouraging words to hear today so thank you for that! Sending you warm wishes from Chicago! :) xo~ Lena

  8. I really admire your ability to be independent and just living your life well! I would be way too scared to move so far away. I've enjoyed watching your transformation as well. <3 you!

  9. Love your message, and the photos! I used to hate the idea of change, but now I've embraced it. It's just a part of human nature, and it should be celebrated.

    Stephanie @ Sartorial Diner

  10. wow! the first photo is just amazing. I love this post.

  11. You're so beautiful, Sam! :)

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  12. you are absolutely stunning, that natural beauty wow!!!!
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  13. ちょうど周りと自分のことで悩んでいたので
    Those photos suites to your message very very much!!!



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