'Just Human' shot by Briana Gardener for Her Place Is In

Every day is women's day here at Ellen Terrie, but today is the perfect excuse to go all out on the celebrations and spend a day in deep gratitude for all the incredible women that run the show. Why today, you might be asking? 

Today is International Women's Day; a globally celebrated day to observe the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It's an ode to the mums, the sisters, the daughters, the aunties; the multitaskers, the home schoolers, the enterpreneurs; all the women holding it together during these crazy times.

As a female founded brand which exists to encourage self-love, confidence, and positivity in women, we're delighted to be able to honour this day by supporting the incredible efforts of Smalls For All, a charity that collects and distributes underwear to help women and children in Africa and the UK. You can read more about their mission here. We'll be donating £5 from every order from now until the end of this week.

Not only that, to thank you all for being part of our community, we're also offering 30% off everything for this week only when you enter the code EQUAL30 at checkout so you can spoil yourself or the incredible women in your life.

You may be wondering how you can show a little thanks to yourself and the inspiring and empowering women in your lives, not just today or this week, but all year round. Well, we're here to help...

1. Let's start by making confidence contagious!

Remind the women in your life how beautiful they are inside and out, and remind them what incredible things they’re capable of. Banish any negative talk and help them step into the world feeling like they can do great things. 

 2. Do something kind for the women you love. 

Why not do something that makes them feel special? Spend time with them (when possible!), celebrate their achievements, send flowers. Remember, it doesn't have to be a big gesture, just find a way to show your gratitude and love. It costs nothing to be kind and it could change their day.

3. Become the great role model you never had. 

 Lupita Nyong’o’s speech on beauty made it clearer than ever that every woman needs a relatable role model. In accepting her award for Best Breakthrough Performance in 2014, Nyong’o took the opportunity to address her own evolving thoughts about beauty and race. She explained that she received a letter from a dark-skinned girl who decided not to lighten her skin after being inspired by Nyong’o. It reminded Nyong’o that she, too, used to feel that her skin kept her from being beautiful - until a celebrity changed that for her. 

 4. Celebrate diversity and support open conversations about female health, happiness and self-worth.

 In 2017, fashion blogger Chidera Eggerue started the #SaggyBoobsMatter movement online to encourage women to embrace their natural bodies and challenge society’s obsession with unrealistic beauty standards. “Be able to look at yourself and not compare yourself to idols, or predefined goals,” Chidera says. “Look at what you have achieved and need no other validation than a smile from yourself in the mirror.” We love Chidera for rocking whatever feels good and inspiring others to do the same. 

5. Make self-care a priority and carve out some time for yourself. 

 Phoebe Gormley, entrepreneur and founder of Gormley & Gamble, Savile Row’s first-ever women-only tailor is a big advocate for self-care. “In a 24/7 world, we can try to keep up and it can end up being counterproductive. It can be a nightmare trying to balance work, relationships, family time, friends, eating well, exercise, and that damn chair that’s always covered in laundry.” She says it’s important to make time for yourself and commit to it. “Don’t think of ‘me time’ as a fallback option for when plans fall through, actively make time for it.” So, whether it’s reading a book, watching a movie, going to an art gallery, cooking your favourite meal – whatever your thing is, make it a priority. 

Why we chose the image 'Just Human'

This incredible image, titled 'Just Human', features 30+ women of a variety of shapes, sizes, and ethnicities. Challenged to wear no makeup, and posing in outfits styled to match the tone of their skin, they attempt to combat unhealthy beauty standards by celebrating their differences, proving that beauty is no one colour, size, or shape. Posing together, these women speak to something that we know deep down to be true; the strength in unity, the beauty in diversity, and the power that comes from empowering others.