As i begin my journey in documenting my craft, i thought i should begin with sharing a few words from myself Boitumelo Rametsi as the founder of the Brand B Glam SA and sister to lifestyle brand and blog Spotted Beauty.
My Journey with Vitiligo began at the age of 12 which appeared in the least visible areas and began spreading rapidly after i matriculated and started Varsity. Seeing myself different wasn’t always hearts and roses, i went through the darkest times not realising that my light and purpose was merely guiding me to being the person i am today.
B Glam SA happened to move from being a hobby to a business from my interest in makeup with a simple goal of covering my spots so i could look like everybody else. As i grew with my business i hated the frustrations i experienced on a personal level with myself and people i engage with. I wasn’t happy. I was caged in societies depiction of what beauty is which i felt it when the sun would hit my skin and i would fret touching my face in fear of revealing what i really looked like. Compliments turned into words of criticism in my head and eye contact felt like a stare of wonder. I then realised that i have put myself in the state i am in and only i can free myself. I then went from putting on full-cover-makeup to enhancing my beauty which was the greatest liberation of all. I stopped living up to peoples expectations and decided to show the world how to love and treat me by doing the same for myself. That is how B Glam SA’s tagline became “What makes you different, makes you beautiful”.
“B Glam SA then expanded to being more than just about make-up but 360 brand experience of being glam and fabulous at a reasonable rate. It became about being the Glam Fairies that added some sparkle into peoples lives with photography packages, events such as baby & bridal showers, as well as empowering events for women. An example of this would be Power Of Glam. “
As my brand grew, my confidence grew. I then continued working and being the best version of myself. A daily experience of self affirmations helping pour love in to my ‘self’ which needed to be practiced daily. One of which included naming my journey in a positive context – Spotted Beauty. I started a page on Facebook which grew to becoming more like a blog where i posted images i took of myself without makeup on and others with makeup to express my happiness and acceptance of my self and journey. This page and movement grew and i was inspired by seeing everything i put in come right back at me. Commercial beauty in general is largely defined by society and i seem to see myself breaking that and defining it myself.