It’s time for you to meet this week’s amazing #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY, the one and only Jasmine Badie! This remarkable woman is a beautiful example and bright beacon of self-love. Across all levels of life, Jasmine believes in acknowledging, accepting and honoring every single part of who you are. There is nothing more empowering than a woman who is comfortable in her own skin and that is exactly who Jasmine is. Through persistent self-belief, she has grown into a proud and confident woman with a sharpened sense of self-awareness and understanding.

Before dominating the commercial dance industry, Jasmine went to Valdosta State where she majored in English. As a well-rounded and talented artist, she has had the privilege to both dance and choreograph for some of the most respected and esteemed artists in the music industry such has Beyoncé, Pharrell, Trey Songz, Migos, Lee Daniels, 5th Harmony, Nikki Minaj and Lil Wayne. Currently, Jasmine is working on the publication of 3 children’s books and a Little Girls Foundation for inner city and foster kids. That’s not all either! Jasmine is presently working towards re-doing some of the run down city parks in her hometown. Needless to say, this woman is an absolute gem!

Jasmine is the utmost female role model, the kind of woman we all hope to have as a mentor and guide in our lives. Her story teaches us that everything we encounter in our journeys is handed to us with purpose. Have no doubt about it! This girl promises you that everything that surfaces in your life, both good and bad, appears for a reason. Ultimately, she reassures us that everything works out the way it should. So… trust yourself, trust your situation, trust your talents and trust the process. Thank you Jasmine for reminding us that we are the only ones who can fill ourselves up!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Tell us about your journey with dance. How has it shaped you into the woman you are today?

My journey with dance has been one of the most revealing, life-saving and challenging quests in my life thus far. Not because of the industry, the steps or the competition, but because of the way it pushed me to strive for a better life, stripped me from a comfortable way of thinking and pushed me to become a better me. My efforts in becoming a professional dancer have forced me to not just look in the mirror but to look at MYSELF in the mirror and love me for me. It has shaped me to become a woman who walks in complete faith and learn that I can achieve anything and everything I put my mind to and go as far as I want with God as my light and a fearless mind. It has shaped me into loving myself. Loving all of me, the good the bad and the ugly. It’s been a rough one for sure, dealing with weight issues, insecurities, relationships and other things that this industry and life can make you feel. But, from coming out of a deep hole I’ve learned not just to stay out of it but also to learn to recognize it for what it is and accept that it is there. I’ve been through just about everything you can think of, but by God’s grace and courage, it got me here.

If you could go back in time and give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?

If I could say anything to my younger self it would be to, “Keep Going! Right now it may seem hard and it may seem like it’s not going to happen, but it will. Trust yourself and trust God to always catch you if you fall because he’s going to be there here on out.”

What do women need to hear right now? If you could give one message to women across the globe, what would it be?

My message to women everywhere would be to count and trust in you. Trust in yourself and believe that ANYTHING you want you can have. No matter what it may look like, or what you may be going through, each day is a new opportunity to be the BEST you. Be the best example for your family, for your kids, for your mom or sister, but more importantly YOURSELF. Learn to fill whatever void you may have with yourself and not with icing. Work on building your cake and filling it with you. Not money, not a job, not fame, recognition, not even a relationship. Just You. Everything else is icing. Work on you and once that is baked, find the best icing you can because you deserve the BEST!!

Why is it important for women to be in charge of their bodies?

It’s important for women to be in charge of their bodies because it’s just that – it’s THEIR body. You are a representation of you. I used food as a crutch and would binge eat instead of face my problems, but it didn’t do anything but make me sad in the long run. I had to decide that I wanted more for myself, for my health and for my life. One day I looked in the mirror and hated the way I looked. It got to the point where I couldn’t even fit into my boyfriend’s clothes at the time. But, I decided enough is enough. I have to learn to love me for me. Not for a job or anyone else, but for me, because nobody is going to look in a mirror for me and make me happy. I had to learn to love me and decide to love all of me at the same time. Your body is important because it represents you. 

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

A YGTGirl is just that, a girl who HAS it. A leader. A woman who doesn’t let their past determine their future and when things may look or seem or feel hard, their eye is on the prize and they still keep on pushing through. They never give up no matter what.