Support A Queen in September Series: Fashion designer, Jazzmin Bates on living healed in all her Queenness
As if talented fashion designer, amazing mother and loving wife couldn't impress us enough, we spoke with our sis Mrs. Jazzmin Bates on her amazing testimony, one we we were deeply moved by. We wanted to honor this Queen for her unapologetic boldness for Christ Jesus, and her willingness to continue to pursue Him inspite of all she has gone through. Queen, we are amazed and so inspired by you--so tell us more on her success and living life as a beautiful survivor, here is Mrs. Jazzmin Bates! 👑💛
Hello! My name is Jazzmin Bates and I'm 27 years young, from the city of Hawthorne, Ca. I am an Ambassador of Christ, fashion designer, mentor, author.
I am a Queen because I was Saved, Washed Clean, Molded and Groomed by the Lords Kingdom. Where he prepares his Kings and Queens.
There are many broken souls and souls who once were broken but are now healed. Growing up I was one of those girls. I, like many of us beautiful souls, was a victim of sexual abuse from age 3-12yrs old by a family member. From age 13-16yrs I was in an abusive relationship physically and emotionally. Come from a broken home And had Father issues. 70% of my like I was hurt by men who should have protected me, and loved me. So Id say I was a broken record. Searched for men to fill that void, but it couldnt be fulfilled. I couldnt trust, I grew numb and carried Anger and rejection, and the wounds got deeper. In a nutshell I needed to be healed and set free and this void to be filled. Being raised in the church, i decided to build my own personal relationship with Christ and the Kingdom of God. I heard the Lord say come to me with the good, ugly, sin, bad, etc and Daily I came to Christ with my anger, deep pain and the little joy i had. I cried to God every night for a year straight with a river of pilled up pain. He truly reached into the depths of darkness and pulled me to the light above. He saved me when I felt hopeless. And this dark world would prefer victims to be silent and for a while I was. The more I shared my testimony the more I was being set free, breaking all soul ties to the kingdom of darkness.
My passion is to help set the captives free. I'm passionate on helping the broken-hearted be healed, being set free and be Restored. Giving them love and hope through Jesus Christ. Showing the World I was once broken but now I'm healed and set free, knowing who I was created to be and walking in it. So I say rise up, be encouraged and stand Queens. Be the lioness you are and walk in who you were created to be. Write to your Story and share it.
#BeFree #BeHealed BeWashedClean #BeRestored #BeLove #BeYourTestimony
Hi Queens and Kings,
As promised, we have an amazing feature this month with our beautiful sister, Natasha.
If you haven't gotten the opportunity to meet her personally, we have a special treat for you! This woman of God is worth supporting simply by her living out the true love she believes in on the daily. She makes it a point to listen when you need someone to speak to, and has an almost ease and effortlessness in being present. She is a future health guru-meets super model-meets already the sweetest person on Earth...I mean how could we NOT want to shout this woman out?! So, without further ado, here is one of our amazing September Queens...
Hello, our readers would love to get to know you; please tell us about yourself!
Queen: My name is Natasha Wanigatunga.
I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska; my ethnicity is 100% Sri Lankan. I currently live in Los Angeles.
H: What would you say makes you a Queen?
Q: Knowing that anyone can be a queen, having self-value is what I always look for. A queen loves and respects herself as she does to others. I believe we have one hand for helping ourselves and another for helping others. A queen is also faithful to her hearts desires.
H: When is a time in your life that you personally overcame something, and how did you do this?
Q: Towards the end of high school, I overcame a closed relationship with Christ, as I began embracing an open relationship in my faith. I've always had a relationship with Christ; however, towards end of high school is when I started to devote my words and actions aligning to my faith. When I was younger, I used to not share my relationship with Christ in fear of others opinions. I came to realize individual has a different and authentic way to embrace their faith. If you aren't judging anyone, and living with acceptance and love, it will be given back to you.
H: What is something you're passionate about, and why?
Q: Inner beauty! We live in a very visual world. Beauty is what is everlasting, and that is found on the inside. Sometimes we can be silly and think it all comes from the outside. Outer beauty is wonderful, yet it is only temporary. Inner beauty is eternal. Being a genuine, generous, and loving soul is what will be remembered throughout life.
Thank you so much for sharing a part of your story Natatsha; you spoke on some really great points. One thing we realize is that not one person's story is the same...What's happened in your life may or may not look like someone's story, but know that your testimony is consistent as it's purpose is to draw other's closer to their truest identity in Christ Jesus.
If you feel different; it's because you were made to be unique. If you feel like other's won't understand; understand that God does; and if you feel like your lacking, know that you are enough; and what you focus on most will grow. So continue to heal, and grow in improving yourself internally; emotionally, and mentally...your true light is ready to shine; and it's time to begin with you --Herstory 💕
This might be a major sidebar as far as topics go, but perhaps not...
we have some amazing Queens ready to share their stories with you starting Monday so don't you fret! But we didn't want to leave you this weekend without a word unshared and in particular a word on INSECURITY... 💛 I think this is incredibly relatable in terms of why perhaps we don't want to support our sisters, that by uplifting and edifying someone else, we may also dim our one light...
To talk more about this is cofounder DevinMarie:
alrighty then....I'm just going to jump right into it...Post rape and sexual assault I was left feeling incredibly empty. Like I had a heart beat... but felt as empty and unworthy of anything good in my life. After all...this was my fault right? There are moments in my healing (speaking candidly here) like yesterday when I completely broke down. It started with a small seed that allowed to enter my mind, instead of pruning or removing my mental-garden, I let it stay there, be one with soil of my fertile mind and anything that I saw or heard that matched that seed only amplified it more. This seed, and lie from the enemy that "I was worthless," "unlovable" "unfriendable" "unwifeable"....(you get the picture) continued to grow and grow with me comparing myself to someone else, me being caught up in how successful, beautiful, someone else was. Me being caught up on my lack and NOT what I have to offer.
BUT TRUTH BE TOLD...I've survived a lot. A lot of pain both externally and self-afflicting. I want to be open enough to tell you Queens out there that you don't have to put on a brave face in front of God. That you can cry, you can fall to your knees but while you ARE THERE...PRAY. The projections of my victimized past showed its face yesterday, and I told myself this morning that no one's words or validation can get me through moments like these like my Heavenly Father can. So my message to you on today, that you don't have to fake fabulous. Some days, you just aren't feeling it, but don't you dare stop pressing. Don't you dare agree with those lies. I'm a little choked up as I write this because I had zero intentions of sharing this today. I was just going to wait to edifying another Queen come Monday for our September Support a Queen Series... but what kind of Queen would I be if I was not real. I want to be true to my messages and live them. So here I am living: unfiltered, unapologetic, but man am I WORTHY!! I am worthy of another chance, and loving your self means unconditionally, so I'll take my yesterday and love myself more today....
Press on Queen, remember these are only #moments so with all your might, please love yourself FORWARD. ---DevinMarie
Talk to you soon Kings and Queens!💕
🦋Happy first week of September y'all!🦋 This month we wanted to share the Love in our "Support a Queen in September" Series.
We wanted to start us off by sharing a bit of what to expect. And if there are any Queens you want to nominate for their work-ethic, courage, or creativity send their profile our way so we can shout them out!
Ideally, we want to see Herstory grow a network of thriving Queens who are survivors. You may not have experienced assault, but perhaps you've survived other trials in your life you need another sister to see or hear that..."you can make it too".
Topics we want to cover with these women include:
-self love (of course)💗
If you're a thriving Queen or know someone who you think would like to be featured in our blog, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We can't wait to hear from you and continue to grow together!
✨Let's share the love and light to our fellow Queens out there; the more we uplift each other the more we grow, the more we heal, and love! 💖
Stay tuned for next week, our first featured Queen has a testimony and a message we can all learn from!
Till then, with love and solidarity,
Cristal and DevinMarie 👑💕
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.