Monday, February 24, 2014

Q&A| With Fly Girl Aisha Curry and the I’m Just Pretty Movement





If you haven’t heard of the I’m Just Pretty movement that is inspiring lives all across the globe I want to introduce you to Aisha Curry, life coach, author, and fly girl. Read on to find out why she is Fly with Purpose!

Hi Aisha!

FWP: Welcome back to America! I was thrilled to see you making moves in Greece.

Aisha: Thank you!!!

FWP: What makes you so fly?

Aisha: Hmmm good question,.. Well, when I think about the word FLY I think of:
First, Love, Your-Self and I have to say that this is something that I have finally learned to do and it has made my life so much better than ever before. I love me from the inside out. Loving myself has helped me be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and all around better person. I’m really a God first, family oriented person. My husband and children are my world.  I really love people, and I love getting to know people from all walks of life.

FWP: How many countries have you traveled to?

Aisha: I have lived in six different Countries and have traveled to over a dozen.

FWP: Which place has been your favorite and why?

Aisha: Gosh… I’d have to say that I have three favorites. I’ll share why.
Israel because we lived in Jerusalem, I remember praying when I was younger and telling God that I would love to see where Jesus walked and taught and I had no Idea how this prayer or dream would ever come true and it did. And, when it did it was a surreal experience for me. It was such a wonderful experience as a believer to wake up and visit places where Jesus himself had walked.  Words could never express the feeling I had when I was there.
Italy because I gave birth to my daughter there and also made some lifetime friends that have became family. The Italian Culture is so laid back, the architecture and scenery is stunning, and the food and outlets oh, my!!
Greece is my new favorite place; I find it to be very family oriented. Pretty diverse of all the foreign Counties I’ve traveled too. Great culture! The people in Greece seem to be very genuine and respectful to all mankind, and again the food!!!!!! GREAT!

FWP: What have you learned about yourself traveling and living abroad? 

Aisha: That I can truly adapt to anything.

FWP: What has been your most challenging experience overseas? 

Aisha: Personally? Probably when I gave birth abroad. No family, wives and girlfriends had left and my husband had to leave immediately on the road. I was devastated then but I survived lol.

FWP: What is the one gadget you cannot live without when you are traveling? 

Aisha: My cell phone.

FWP: If you could paint skies with your favorite lip color, what brand and color would you choose that makes you feel fly? 

Aisha: I love a red lip. It’s like my signature look lol. I would use MAC hey, sailor collection in red racer.

FWP: Living abroad can be a bit difficult to find a Christian church, have you had trouble finding any? How do you and your family receive the word of God in times that you are not able to go to church? 

Aisha: God is truly amazing there has not been a time where we haven’t met a believer that has bible studies or a church. However, my family has church on Sunday in our home as if we were in church. We play our worship music and get our praise on and then watch a live stream from our home church, or T.D. Jakes or Joel Osteen. We try to have bible study as a family or even just my husband and I together it’s what keeps us strong.


FWP: You are known as such a powerful and influential woman, tell us, what is your purpose and mission in life? 

Aisha: Thank-you! I can say that my life is not my own. The things that I have accomplished now, I had never dreamed of doing. I saw my life going in another direction but God called me to stand up and speak up and I answered the call. It was very uncomfortable at first. But, obedience is better than sacrifice, even when you don’t understand it. I am passionate about helping women trust and love themselves; I want to help people with relationship issues not just with men, but all relationships. God loves his people and I feel that it’s so important for each of us to truly learn to not only love ourselves but to unconditionally love other people.

FWP:What steps did you take to find your purpose?

Aisha: I had to stop chasing what I wanted and really seek in prayer about what God wanted for me.

FWP: How did you come up with the concept of “I’m Just Pretty” and what does it mean? 

Aisha: I’m just pretty was inspired from my first book. Pretty for a black Girl! I felt that those words were a backhanded compliment and I feel that people’s ideas and perception of beauty has been skewed. You’re either to big, too skinny, too dark, too short, to something for somebodies opinion of beauty or appealing. We as women should not adhere to backhanded compliments as flattery. We don’t need the approval of man when the bible already says we are fearfully and wonderfully made. A “pretty” girl is confidant yet humble; she knows that, she was, created by the father, strong, uplifting, and not defined by her skin tone, race, or nationality. She stands “pretty” on her own good character 
and heart.



FWP: How do you hope to inspire women with the “I’m Just Pretty movement”? 

Aisha: I just want women to love themselves for who they are; and not for what they are not!!

FWP: You are also a Life Coach and author of two books, right? Tell us about the services you provide and about your two books?

Aisha: Yes, I am. I offer one on one sessions for women who are looking to improve themselves in every area of their life. Personal, spiritual, and relationships; I also do group coaching as well upon request. I love what I do. Life Coaching involves the development of a special relationships between coach and client which, rather than looking to past we plan for the future.

In regards to my books: My first book as I mentioned is called Pretty for a black Girl!Compliment or Insult? This book is my personal story of being a black girl/women and the many different things I have experienced throughout my life as it pertains to race and colorism; I have been pushing this topic since 2009 and it seems to really be a hot topic now 5 years later. You see God does stuff on his time. My other book is The Miseducation of Love and this book is really challenging women to give up on their way and try love God’s way. It defiantly challenges you spiritually and I don’t sugar coat the truth. But, it’s all written in the love that I have to see people be blessed. I feel as long as my books, testimony, and determination has helped one person then my heart is smiling.



FWP: One last question, as we all know, we are living in one of the most challenging times. Oftentimes, being pretty and fly has the connotation and stereotype that is solely based on materialistic status to the point that we miss out on who we are destined to be and our purpose. What advice would you give women today on balancing their desires to be accepted by the world and still live out their purpose? 

Aisha: Be you GIRL!! Anything less is a waste of your time. Remember being “pretty” truly speaks from your heart and character. You don’t need to be accepted. God has given each one of us a purpose and as long as we are searching, reaching, and fulfilling it we are on the right track. And, don’t get it twisted there is nothing wrong with feeling and looking fly. Confidence is Crucial just remember it’s a difference between confidence and arrogance. You got this… Fly on “Pretty” Girl.


Aisha, it is truly has been a pleasure watching you grow in your purpose through the time we have known each other. The feedback I receive from the I’m Just Pretty movement and your book, The Mis Education of Love has really been influencing women to the point that they are really taking a personal inventory of their life and their life goals. This is what’s important to the live a successful life. We must be confident in the beautiful skin God has put us in as well as being connected with positive people and relationships. I thank you for being the perfect model of being Fly with Purpose. Keep inspiring the world one flight at a time. We love you girl!

Xoxo



Want to win this shirt below or the "Pretty for a Black Girl! Compliment or Insult?" book? Read the contest rules below:




1. Follow Flying with Purpose on Instagram : @flyingwithpurpose and like us on Facebook.

2. Follow I’m Just Pretty on Instagram : @imjustpretty1 and like them on Facebook.

3. Lastly, leave a comment below in the comment box and let us know what makes you pretty. We will be picking the 2 winners from the comments you leave below in the comment box. One will win a t-shirt and one will win a book. 

This contest will be open until March 10, 2014. We will randomly choose 2 winners and will announce the winner on I’m Just Pretty’s Instagram page on March 11, 2014 on I'm Just Pretty Instagram Page. 

You must follow all steps to be a winner!


Thanks for being Fly with Purpose xoxo











32 comments:

  1. Because everyday I am striving to become a better version of myself. Even as I approach the age of 40 I feel that I have so much to learn and so much more "growing" to do!

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    1. Hi Pretty! Isn't life amazing? We never stop growing and there is always something we can learn about ourselves and the world to make us better people.

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  2. I am pretty because I have learned to love my self. I haven't always loved my self but when I learned the beauty inside me everything changed. I understood that it's not everything about the fisical I got to see many qualities that I have. Now I fully love my self and it's not only because I see my beauty it's because I know that the one who created me doesn't makes mistakes. I'm beautiful because God has made me beautiful. I still have things to learn about my self and that's my goal.

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    1. Hi Pretty Abigail! You are PRETTY just as God created you to be! Loving ourselves is a process. Never let the world define your beauty. You are right, God doesn't make mistakes!

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  3. I am beautiful first because I am creation of God. Also because through time life made me realize that all people say is not true. At the short age of 7-12 I suffered bulling. Many of those made me think I wasn't beautiful. I never knew why. Time pass and God showed me that I am beautiful not only on the outside, but more important than that, on the inside. I'm creation of his own image, so there is never doubt how pretty we are womens. I'm pretty no matter what

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    1. Hi Pretty Sarahi! I am sorry to hear that you were bullied! Let's forgive them for they didn't know any better. They had no idea the amazing person you were growing into. They didn't know you were going to grow up and become such a PRETTY woman full of purpose for the His kingdom! God makes zero mistakes!

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  4. As a young girl I had a few insecurities. I did not like certain things about myself. I always complained about my weight and my full lips. I wanted to gain weight and I contemplated surgically changing my lips to make them smaller. However, one day I realized that the only reason why I thought these crazy things about myself was because I was too busy worrying about what the world had to say about my appearance. I had to learn to love myself. So instead of sitting in a corner crying about how I looked (because I used to do that), I started reading magazines and finding ways to justify the fact that I was pretty too. For example, I would look at pictures in these magazines and say to myself, “Models are skinny” and “People would pay to have full lips.” I slowly but surely began to love myself.

    So, why do I think that I’m pretty? Well, I think that being pretty starts with your thinking. It starts from within. Pretty is not always about looks. It’s also about having a nice personality, being confident, being yourself, knowing yourself worth, loving yourself the way that you are, and not letting people define who you should be or how you should look. It’s also about having a relationship with God. I had to remember that I am not going to be perfect, but if I’m the apple of God’s eye, then whose opinion matters more than His? No one’s! I’m pretty, because God and I said so. I don’t need anyone else to tell me! Also, I continue to work on my prettiness. There’s always room for improvement. It’s that plain and simple :-D

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    1. Hi Pretty! Isn't it amazing how we are perfectly created by God, yet we hold ourselves to be far from perfect according to the way society measures beauty? Your thinking is perfect! Beauty these days is a matter of trends that changes season to season. Today, women are risking their lives to be the next "it" girl in hopes to captures someone's attention only to fail because it is all superficial in the end. Confidence and personality wins in the long run and last forever. That is the beauty of God's creation. No mistakes. Keep flying sis! God is expanding you vision and territory.

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  5. I am pretty because I know I'm wonderfully and beautifully made by God.

    I'm learning to embrace who He made me to be on the outside as well on the inside. It's been one of the most liberating feelings to be unafraid of who I am... imperfections, quirks and all.

    Being pretty is being confident in all areas and knowing not a single mistake was made on my physical appearance or internal desires placed within by God. I can live life without excuses and pursue without limits all the things God has placed before me. #swanktified

    I believe we are ALL pretty. Some of us just take a little longer in realizing it.

    You girls rock AND ya'll are suuuuuuper pretty! ;) God bless!

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    1. Hi Pretty Swanky! I love that you said, "it has been one of the most liberating feelings to be unafraid of who I am"! WOW! Right on sis-star! I remember the day I stopped caring what people thought of me. I knew who God greater me to be and that was ALL I needed! Talk about a weight taken off my shoulders. Whew!

      We are all truly beautiful and it is amazing that there are people like you with your amazing talents, heart, YouTube channel, and blog that convey just that. You truly are SWANKTIFIED! I know God is so proud of you!

      Thank you so much on the behalf of me personally, Flying with Purpose, and I'M JUST PRETTY!

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  6. This is an awesome movement!!! I myself am pretty because God chose to create me the way he did for a purpose. I have always been a big girl and my whole life I got picked on a lot I would cry a lot and at one point tried to end my life because I was so tired of being labeled as fat!! God opened my eyes recently and he put a thought into my head. He told me I LOVE YOU it doesn't matter what other peoples opinions are of you what matters is mine. And I thought and smiled and said your right God. From that point on I began to love myself and who I was but only because I began to love God and put him first. So it doesn't matter what other people think of us unfortunately some people's thought will never change on what is or who is pretty. But that's because they don't know what being pretty really is. It's more than looks, pretty eyes, long hair, bone structure or long legs it's about how YOU feel inside it's about what YOU think of yourself... It's about YOUR OWN OPINION OF YOURSELF!! But first and foremost it's about what God thinks of you. The bible says we are fearfully and wonderfully made Gods opinion of who we are and how we look only matters!! I realized that God doesn't make mistakes he creates purposes. I look at myself now in the mirror and you know what I am pretty I am beautiful and I am confident. Why? Because God's light shines from within me!!!! Who cares what societies thought of beauty is. Women today are hopelessly lost and incurable unhappy. And I will stand up and proudly say I am I fly/pretty girl because God made me just the way I am!!

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    1. Hi Pretty Beatrice! I love your message, "I realized that God doesn't make mistakes he creates purpose". What an amazing God we serve. You rock your GOD-FIDENCE girl! You are a living testimony to many women. It is amazing to hear almost every comment at God doesn't make any mistakes. That is so true! No one can define you but God. And God is only concerned with you heart and your work for the kingdom. Let your light shine PRETTY!

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  7. I'm a total believer in this mission! I'm just pretty, indeed! What makes me so is very little about my outward appearance but who I am on the inside. I am just me and it translates outward. What makes me pretty is the fact that I care about others and my desire to help them feel the same love for and from God as myself! It is why I've started an effort to help other women feel loved of my own. Everyone is pretty, just because they are.

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    1. Hi Pretty Lynne! Every time I log onto FB and I see your photos I always tell myself that I cannot wait to meet you. You have such a beautiful online presence. I can't wait till we can link up. You PRETTY spirit speaks volumes. Thank you for encouraging women and being an inspiration daily in many subjects. You are a gift.

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  8. I am pretty because I have finally let my light shine! For many years I tried to dim my light so that others would stop saying, "she thinks she's all that", so that I would be liked and accepted; until one day I realized that me dimming my light served no one and that God's will for me was to let my light shine so that I could change this world and touch someone's life. Another thing that makes me pretty is the spirit of forgiveness I possess. Many people say that they know what it is to forgive, but not until you've been broken by the people closest to you and made to feel like you were less and then to have to turn around and find it in your heart to forgive, does one know how challenging and painful of a process forgiveness is. It is not enough to say you forgive someone, you literally have to remove the chains off of yourself and the other person; you have to LOVE them as if nothing ever changed. You do not have to remain close to them, but you MUST love them. We disappoint God ALL the time and He still loves us unconditionally; our mission on this earth is to possess His spirit and try to be more like God everyday. So in closing, I think two of the things that make me pretty are that I finally learned to love and accept myself by letting my light shine, and the spirit of forgiveness that I carry within and put to use frequently.

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    1. Hi Pretty Mel! I promise there is always purpose in these type of interviews and hearing the perspectives and comments of others. Even though I know so much about you, reading this comment really touched me. You made such a great point about not dimming our light just to accepted or to appease others and have them believe that we are on the same playing field when God did not call us for that. God has us all in the most perfect places whether it be high or low and for seasons at a time. We learn in every area. I have suffered from the same and as we have discussed before the whole "what do you need to work out for you look…". Now onto your heart….you have taught me so much in these past few months about forgiveness. All of that wouldn't have happened if you hadn't gone through what you have. Thank you for what you are doing in my life and others. Above all is, we must remain God. And that is being PRETTY! I am so proud of you!

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  9. I have never struggled with skin color or not being accepted, it's always been the opposite and because of this it lead to a less than nice me...now I realize that my purpose in life isn't just to be pretty enough on outside but to be gorgeous on the inside as well.

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    1. Hi Pretty Mia! I love that, "my purpose in life isn't just to be pretty enough on outside but to be gorgeous on the inside as well." -- well said my girl. You are growing into knowing your purpose each day. I am blessed to know you and watch your growth. Fly high & soar!


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  10. I am pretty because after years of trying to be someone I wasn't, God gave me the strength and opportunity to be the person I was hiding. I thought I wasn't good or pretty enough for someone to love me the way I deserved to be loved. The truth of the matter is that I'm just that......pretty. I am pretty inside and out. Being pretty doesn't mean having the newest fashion, or the best make up etc. It's being who you truly are and encouraging other people to be beautiful as themselves inside and out. I'm grateful and truly blessed that I was able to have somebody else show me this and now it is my mission to show other people the same thing.

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    1. Hi Pretty Sashia! Our circles are everything and they have power. That is why I am very conscious of the people I have in my life. That person that came into your life and showed you what being PRETTY was all about was a gift. As you pay forward daily, I thank you for being a voice to every woman and being inspiring. There is nothing that God will give you that you cannot handle. You are perfectly created in His perfect hands.


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  11. I'm pretty because I learned to love my self at a young age being born during a war. My father is Israeli and my mother is Persian which are 2 countries at war for so many years and I remember being young and being called names because of my religion people telling me they wish we were did. As I got older I realize love and hate are both just words that Carry as much wait as you allow them to. I looked at my self in mirror and told my self from this day on even if someone tells me hurtful things I would Transform that to something positive and so far it's been working and will continue to work as long as I don't loose focus. I'm beautiful we are all beautiful because God makes no mistakes :)

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    1. Hi Pretty Anaelli! Wow! What a powerful testimony you shared! I had no idea. It is no wonder why we connected. You have a beautiful part because of where you come from. You have power in your words to help others heal. God never makes mistakes. No weapons formed against you shall prosper! Isaiah 54:17

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  12. I'm pretty because after 21 surgeries and 2 death scares, I wear my scars proud and still no that know mistakes were made on me

    Pretty is whatever you decide for it to be and I decide that pretty is me :)

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    1. Hi Pretty Dam! My girl, you truly have a testimony and it is evident. I remember hearing your story a couple weeks ago, and then seeing your testimony be spoken of on IG on someone's page. It is amazing that we no longer or ever have to hide our scars. Our scars make us beautiful and one of kind. Our scars tell a story no one can ever tell. Never be afraid to tell how far you have come. Celebrate your life every chance you get!


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  13. Great interview! Loves it. Keep inspiring and pushing others to become their best

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    1. Hi Pretty Tasha! Thank you so much for reading. Thank you for all that you do for women everyday across the world!

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  14. I am pretty because I was created in God's image and no matter what I may go through in life, I look in the mirror and I see what he says I am!

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    1. Hi Pretty E! Right on sis! God makes NO MISTAKES!

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  15. Yes, I am pretty! I am beautiful! I've heard it since I was a little girl. If I had a dime for every time someone said the phrase "you are a pretty black girl" or "you look like a black doll baby", I'd be a millionaire. Those words built my confidence, I've always loved my pretty dark skin. It wasn't until I got older that I realized those words were not whole hearted compliments. I knew I was pretty, I knew my skin was dark but I did not know that they were really saying that "I was pretty for a dark skinned girl". Imagine that! Thank God that realization DID NOT break me. I am pretty because I believed that I am pretty. No matter what society thought of me, it was too late to think otherwise. No one can tell me I'm NOT pretty. I am pretty because I uplift ALL women. We are ALL pretty. No matter what different shade, size, or hair! When I see another woman doing her thang, I tell her "you go girl". I am pretty and you are too!

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    1. Hi Pretty Felecia! HA! I LOVE THAT MESSAGE! Girl, you rock! I know that is right. I just want to keep cheering hearing your words. It is so important that as PRETTY woman we can encourage each other and praise one another. it makes you prettier when you don't have to worry about other women and you can love them for as God created them to be. God was molding through the years to be the confident woman you are today that is inspiring women. Thank you!


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  16. Most women don't really know how powerful they can be in the name of God. We are pretty!!! It doesn't matter where do we come from, what nationally you are, or our past. This is why "I AM PRETTY" I have been defeat it, I've known suffering, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. Because I have a sensitivity appreciation and an understanding of life that fills compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. I am pretty because I love God and because God loves me!!!


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    1. Hi Pretty Bibi! I am so blessed to have you in my life. You know when think of all the things we go through everyday they slowly begin to take a toll on our bodies and self esteem. To me, you have accepted challenges of life and have one. You are truly one inspiring woman of peace and change. You are PRETTY. You are a wonderful role model to anyone and everyone. There is nothing that can knock a pretty girl down! Keep pushing sis-star!


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