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Updated: Aug 29, 2022

Throughout secondary school I found it difficult to be my true self. With the pressure from different peer groups, being an individual and expressing myself was a mental challenge. The dreaded non-school uniform days haunted me every morning when I used to get ready. If you didn’t wear something that was in trend at the time you were bullied. One issue of mine when I was a teenager was that I used to care too much about other people’s opinions instead of embracing my personality and having the confidence to wear what I wanted.

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As I have grown up, I have realised that wearing what you like is better than being unhappy and following others. I appreciate my clothing a lot more when I know I have bought it for myself and not for anyone else. THE HOUSE OF RADHA’S designs and clothing embraces this and each garment has a positive mantra and art narrative, which makes it a lot more personal to an individual.

Studying my BA (Hons) in Broadcast Journalism at Nottingham Trent University has taught me that individuality is normal and encouraged. This is because I have met people from different cultures, backgrounds, and all with unique personalities. I am empowered and want to develop into a leader and not a follower in my creative journey. Being part of THE HOUSE OF RADHA has helped me understand even more about embracing my individuality along with strengthening my career and life choices now and in the future.

By Lucy Jane Ecclestone

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