Phenomenal woman, she was. Dr Maya Angelou peacefully transitions into the next lifetime

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It's always sad to hear of the passing away of legends who have paved the way for the many things we undertake today. Dr Maya Angelou a great artist when it came to her creative use of words to paint pictures and melodies of experiences of which many women could relate to. Her (continuous) involvement in the civil rights movement is a deed which has extended itself into her advocacy for women's rights which as gone to influence individuals like myself and the likes of Oprah Winfrey. Maya Angelou for me represented different facets of womanhood for me. The confidence she exudes and communicates via poems like 'Phenomenal Women' and 'Still I Rise' will infinitely be comforting and uplifting to those who come across it for centuries to come and I will forever be quoting her and referring to those poems as a means to reinforce our strength, our importance, value and validity in the world. As a women's publication, I am inspired, assured and most often, take refuge in the words of Dr Angelou as we share the aim of empowering women; taking control of how we represent ourselves and ultimately affecting change within our circles, our environment. On that note, enjoy 'Phenomenal Woman' - the poem that inspires our work, reinforces our ethos and speaks true of who we are as women, which is phenomenal - as was Dr Maya Angelou.

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can’t touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them, They say they still can’t see. I say, It’s in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Now you understand Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing, It ought to make you proud. I say, It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need for my care. ’Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.

Ps. We love Maya Angelou so much that we couldn't help by channelling her in one of our previous shoots   Photo Credit: