After a lot of work, work and more work in 2015 and 2016 I decided to treat myself, my mom Jankeh and my aunty Mamie on a family/girls holiday to Dubai. Not only do they deserve it but because i felt that it would be a hilarious fun vacation which they both deserved. If you can’t already tell I value the work black women put into raising a family and keeping the family unit together.
Now back in the day i used to take two week holidays abroad twice a year but since 2014 I have not traveled on leisure instead i choose to focus more on my companies as well as growing Black Vogue which was a pleasurable challenge for me.
Dubai was a very spur of the moment trip and since my mom and aunty had already been to Dubai before we all knew what to expect and i had of course booked meetings with some of my supplier for my company Impressive Wigs by Lovette who were coming down from Mumbai for a Hair quality control meeting.
In between shopping and being on the beach and meeting my work contacts we did lounge around the pool as much as we could. Bear in mind none of us are particularly strong swimmers feeding that stereotype that blacks cannot swim. I think if it was a contest my mom would be the best swimmer. My goal this year is to take swimming lessons so i can take my doggy paddle to an olympic swimmer level.
Being on holiday obviously means wearing bikinis even in a muslim country such as Dubai….and i must say i realised that i have grown to accept and love the body that i have. I do not think anyone has been able to capture me on camera in a bikini since 2003, not even on holidays. But looking at the image below i wonder what my problem was. Wink wink society feeds us images of that skinny ideal and i must have bought into it on some level.
God bless my mom and Aunt because they really made the holiday so much more fun than if i had just gone by myself. The jokes just kept coming and any stress we had was left behind in Arlanda Sweden. WE spent hours at a time just shopping an Vlogging for my youtube, exchanging business ideas which will be coming soon. In fact I realised even more that yes black women are amazing and we are even more amazing when we put our heads together as sisters, as family and of course through the guidance of our elders and mothers.
Whilst we were there we met up with an old friend to the family who i had not seen for nearly 30 years! yes the last time i saw him it was on my one year birthday in The Gambia when he was approximately 6 or 7 years old, so we go way back in the days.
Of course whilst i was on site i collected a lot of footage of the trip itself when i wasn’t too busy enjoying the foods and relaxing and the video can be found below direct on my youtube channel. I hope you enjoy it.
Much Love and light