The new face of Houston, Megan Thee Stallion, is next up. As a woman in rap, Megan combines stellar lyricism with hard beats that prove she is in charge. Whether you know her as the ‘H-Town Hottie,’ ‘Tina Snow,’ or for her ‘Hot Girl Summer’ catchphrase, here are four things Megan teaches us about confidence.
1. Keep It Realer Than Real
From friendships, work, and social media, there are multiple compartments of our lives that influence us. We often feel that we have to fit into a box created by societal standards, but being yourself is the best box to fit into. Instead of being branded into an inauthentic figure, Megan stays true to the Houston roots that inspired her. From speaking out about global warming to proving that Black women also adore anime, Megan Thee Stallion always speaks her truth.
2. Embrace Your Body
As a voluptuous woman, the H-Town hottie is unapologetic when it comes to her body and the confidence she has in it. In southern culture, a woman who is tall and curvy is regarded as a stallion. Being fully conscious of her appearance, Megan incorporated the term into her stage name. Her image and brand exhibit her sexuality, which women are often shamed for doing. Though body shaming happens regardless if you are thick or thin, the 1501 Queen won’t let it stop her and neither should you. Deprogramming your mind, finding body role models, and saying positive affirmations are good tools for confidence.
3. Disregard The Critics
Being criticized is a side effect of living in the real world. Even by being your most authentic self, there is always going to be someone who does not like what you have to offer. When someone attempts to project their fears and insecurities onto you, the best thing to do is ignore it. According to Greatist, criticism isn’t something that should necessarily be taken personally. The article further states that criticism reflects just one person’s point of view and knowing your strengths will keep you on the right track. Megan Thee Stallion said it best herself, “I ain’t gonna let no hater stop sh*t.”
“When people start to realize that they are the only person they need to impress, everybody’s life would run way smoother. Because, once you really know yourself, can’t nobody tell you nothing about you.” – Megan Thee Stallion
4. Know Your Worth
The music industry, especially the rap genre, is male-dominated. Besides lack of representation and gender inequality, women in music are often victims of the pay gap, says Forbes. The boss rapper has declared that she doesn’t do anything for free, and she shouldn’t have to. Other than being a boss rapper, Megan also balances being a college student at Texas Southern University. According to Business Insider, getting an education is an important attainment as it impacts the amount of money you are likely to make.
Like most women, I sometimes feel insecure, self-conscious, and may restrict my opinion. However, when I listen to Megan’s resolute lyrics, I feel like I can take on the world around me. She teaches me how to balance college and my passions, demand respect, and be proud of my exterior. The confidence that Tina Snow exudes cannot be ignored and constantly inspires women to live their best lives. Regardless of whether you are a Megan Thee Stallion fan or not, remember to put some respect on her name.