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What is a 'Soft Girl Lifestyle,' and Should Black Women Consider Adopting It

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Years ago I started referring to myself as a “soft” Black woman. When I thought of that term for myself I thought of it in reference to how I operate emotionally, more so than aesthetically.

To be “soft” was to be emotionally honest and true to myself in every moment of the day. It meant leaving resilience and strength at the door, in lieu for a more authentic approach to the joys and burdens of life.

It also meant being open to receiving help from others, even though we’ve been conditioned to handle it all by ourselves. This lifestyle change opened the door to mental health treatment, conversations, and more genuine connections where I was seen fully as human versus a caricature or superhero.

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