Kelly, the director of Silent Arrow (the lingerie label I'm wearing) is one of those genuine, rare souls that has the ability to make you feel special, even when her attention is divided amongst hundreds of people in a room. In that one interaction you might have with her while she is busily overseeing the presentation of her collection, you feel welcomed, honored and treasured to be there speaking with her.
Kelly’s kindness and generosity though extends well beyond her personal interactions with people. Her collections aim to empower women on all levels, which makes her label so much more than just the gorgeous lingerie she designs. For example, the use of “normal” women off the street, each uniquely beautiful and comfortable inside their own skin, was empowering to see at her showing. I saw girls of many shapes, sizes, and ethnicities, who became united through their differences as they strutted their stuff with attitude!
Known affectionately as “true rad girls”, are the women Silent Arrow represents and who in turn represent their brand. These are empowered females who embrace both their beauty and flaws, freely choosing to express who they are because they are strong and don’t give a fuck about what others think. A true rad girl exudes confidence, and it is this inner strength that makes her so goddam sexy! She is committed to being true to herself, especially during the testing times when other people may not appreciate her uniqueness.
The rad girl philosophy really resonates with me, hence why Silent Arrow is the only brand to date that I have taken my kit off for! I whole-heartedly believe in the brand’s ethos, message, products and most of all the beautiful designer Kelly! The old me would have been terrified to post something so revealing like this. After all, there is a certain vulnerability in showing this much of myself online to strangers. However strangely enough, even more terrifying is knowing that friends and acquaintances will probably see this too! It’s funny that the people who “know” you in person are always the ones to judge you the most harshly. Just one of many observations I've picked up on over the years.
Like many women, there are things about my body that I have felt insecure about at one point or another in time. For example, when I was younger I was so ashamed of the birthmark on my right leg, that when I had school swimming lessons I would casually try to cover it with my hand. So incognito right? The most worrying thing is how on earth a young girl gets into her head that a birthmark is such a shameful thing! It probably had something to do with the rampant bullying at my primary school that went unnoticed by the teachers. I was quite a perceptive youngster and worked out that being different often makes you a perfect target for people’s ridiculing!
I also still have a love hate relationship with my thighs and legs! I used to be an athlete training 2+ hours per day, on a strict diet, and not even that changed me! It’s something I continually strive to accept and even though I don’t particularly admire Kim Kardashian, I am grateful that she is a body-positive role model for girls with a more curvaceous figure. She has singlehandedly changed the meaning of “does my butt look big in this?!”
This shoot for me is a physical representation of how confident I am becoming in my own body, which I can only see as a huge positive. It is wonderful that brands like Silent Arrow exist as they absolutely make a positive impact on the way women feel about themselves! Am I a true rad girl? Hell yeah!
“Silent Arrow stands for freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of choice.
Hell yeah! I am sexy, because I am strong and brave.
I embody confidence because I know who I am.”
What Adrianna is wearing
All lingerie is from Silent Arrow's upcoming collection, expected to be released in June. Adrianna is wearing the "Can't Deal Bra" and "Gurl Tie Side Knickers".
It is so lovely to know that when you purchase a beautifully crafted piece of lingerie by Silent Arrow, you also make it possible for a less fortunate sister to receive a new pair of black cotton briefs. To summarize Kelly’s words - underprivileged women generally have organizations to rely on for food, shelter, and clothing. Underwear however is one of the few essential items that is rarely thought of and must be bought new!
At the runway show I actually was given a pair of the black briefs with the challenge of finding a woman to give them to. This is so I can experience the joy the Silent Arrow team receive in helping others who are less fortunate. I still have them at home and am contemplating how exactly I am going to go about this. If you are interested in my progress I can update you in a sequel post.