The Journey to Beautiful Series: Amma Appiah

The Journey to Beautiful Interview Series is a celebration of influential and inspiring African women across the globe. Its aim is to teach every woman to define beauty on her own terms, to live purposefully, to accept what makes her truly unique, and to fall in love with all of who she is.


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NAME: Amma Appiah
AGE: 26

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN/HERITAGE: Ghana
LOCATION: Maryland,United States  
WHY YOU HAVE TO KNOW HER: I stumbled on Amma “Amma Mama” Appiah’s blog some time ago, and loved it! With a unique eye and perspective, she shares stories, writes posts, and communicates about natural hair, style, art, & other great lifestyle topics. You can feel her genuine appreciation for Africa, her passion for seeing black women fall in love with their natural hair, and her appreciation for great creativity. This beauty is definitely one to watch! Amma, I’m pretty sure your fears are unfounded [Read the feature to understand], because it’s clear that your heart is just as beautiful as your exterior – even a blind man can see that. 


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WHO DO YOU SAY YOU ARE? 

I am thoughtful, smart and wise. 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PHYSICAL FEATURES?

My smile, legs, and sometimes my arms…Lol

WHAT NON-PHYSICAL TRAITS DO YOU MOST LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF?

I appreciate that I am considerate of other people’s feelings; thoughtful; kind, and well-mannered. I am respectful and that is important to me.  

WHAT PHYSICAL AND NON-PHYSICAL TRAITS HAVE YOU MOST STRUGGLED TO ACCEPT? HAVE YOU OVERCOME THAT STRUGGLE?   HOW?

Well, growing up, I was teased about my overbite, gap and big nose. I was constantly called a “buckteeth beaver” and “pig nose”. I was teased about both {my nose and teeth} by children and adults. I have insecurities about both still, but I try not to dwell on it because God made me how he saw fit. I used to really want braces but I think my smile and gap is my trademark. [As for] non-physical traits, I am way too nice. I overextend myself and I have trouble saying, “no”. I am a recovering people-pleaser. I’ve learned that it’s okay for me to just say, “no,” and maintain my sanity and peace 

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WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST FEARS?

Not being successful, being single forever and not falling in love. I am a hopeful romantic.

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST JOYS?

Helping people, traveling to new places, buying cute accessories, zumba, reading a good book, and eating well.   

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS?

Mmmm … I am not sure, to be honest. I think I still have a lot more to achieve on my goals list. 

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WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST BEAUTIFUL?

When I am truly at peace, my skin is nice and even, when I am in shape and eating well. Also, when my hair is done!  

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR OWN VERSION OF “BEAUTIFUL”?

Beautiful is being kind, humble, helpful, considerate, wise, and most importantly, honoring God. There is more to life than just focusing on you.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO STAY BEAUTIFUL, AS YOU’VE DEFINED IT?

I try not to be superficial and too materialistic. I try and focus on God, and my blessings. I try to read my Bible and positive things. I continue to encourage and help others as best I can – all while trying to better myself. I really enjoy uplifting and inspiring others. Whether it is my friends or co-workers, I like to be positive towards people. 

WHICH “BEAUTIFUL” WOMEN INSPIRE YOU MOST?

My mommy and First Lady Michelle Obama. 


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Instagram: @ammamama  | @allthingsammamama

Twitter: @ammamama 

Website: www.allthingsammamama.com

 

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