How a Free Boudoir Photoshoot Changed My Life with @TheJudgeMaggie
Photo credit: @Jbenedictboudoir
From a hospice nurse, a writer, and single mother of four incredible daughters to winning a free boudoir photoshoot to now gracing the front cover of Florists’ Review, Maggie Judge @TheJudgeMaggie is making a name for herself in the modeling industry. Maggie first got into modeling after doing a free boudoir photoshoot which ultimately paved the path to all her modeling success to this day. After having to overcome her own set of personal struggles with self-scrutiny in the past, she now uses her platform to promote self-love, body-positivity, and diversity.
Based in Texas, Maggie is an exceptional and inspiring woman. We resonate so well with Maggie and her thoughts on body-image. One post that struck us at LECHERY was when she shared her story about love way back in April. It was only recently until she discovered that everyone deserves love, regardless of your color, shape, gender, size, and so forth. She firmly and proudly stands by, “Fat doesn’t make you less deserving of love. Because if you feel like you don’t deserve the love of another, then you feel you don’t deserve to love yourself and so many self destructive behaviors follow. You are worthy of love. Your weight does not define you.”
Through time and lingerie modeling (her catalyst for self-confidence), there was no way we could not interview Maggie. Read on as Maggie discusses her journey as a woman in power who also happens to have a strong passion and interest in lingerie. We hope this short interview will help you see the light in you because you are worth it and you deserve love regardless of how you see yourself.
Interview with the empowering and inspiring @TheJudgeMaggie:
LECHERY: First of all, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to interview you! It is such a pleasure to have you here with us (virtually) of course haha! Let’s first start off by telling us a little bit more about yourself. What do you do?
MAGGIE: Aside from modeling for @shellogorgeous I am also a hospice nurse, single mother of 4 incredible daughters, and a writer. I love creating and dreaming and making those dreams come true!
LECHERY: We see that you're into lingerie, what got you into posting lingerie? Is that your way of practicing self-care? Tell us more about it.
MAGGIE: Well, I won a free boudoir photoshoot, that’s actually how I got into modeling (the black and white picture in the water smiling) and it changed my life. Seeing myself from outside the mean thoughts that run through my mind was such a powerful catalyst for my self confidence. To the point where now I’ll just lounge around my house alone, wearing lingerie! Whereas before I would never want to wear it!
LECHERY: What does lingerie mean to you? Does it give you confidence? Or is it just something you wear to give an added extra sex appeal? How do you feel when wearing lingerie?
MAGGIE: I wear lingerie for me. I think that’s why women don’t feel comfortable in lingerie because we’re made to believe that it’s just to be worn to turn a man on and that’s SO wrong! I wear something for ME! Something that I feel confident and sexy in and that’s what turns your man on! I mean having a night by myself wearing lingerie is the absolute confidence builder! It’s like breaking in a pair of heels! You get a feel for how it molds and shapes that gorgeous figure of yours!
LECHERY: What is the perfect set of lingerie for you? And which brands would you recommend?
MAGGIE: I just adore lingerie from Lace of Love! Being a woman with large breasts and tush it is hard to find lingerie that fits and makes you feel sexy, not squished or more importantly (and this makes me SO angry) the larger the size in lingerie the more pieces of fabric they add to “cover up”. I don’t want to cover up! I love my body and want to embrace its beauty! Lace of Love does just that! They make lingerie that doesn’t squish or hide, instead it helps accentuate all you have to give.
LECHERY: What is a bad experience you've had with a lingerie set? And what brands would you avoid buying from?
MAGGIE: I would say it's just not fitting or trying to fat shame by adding more fabric to hide my body. That really makes me mad!
LECHERY: What is your main advice to women who struggle with confidence and body image?
MAGGIE: Find women who look like you and just stare at their pictures! Sounds strange but it works. We have to reprogram our minds. We’ve been raised in a time where fat is bad and can’t be sexy and that is SO wrong! I remember when I first saw Ashley Graham. I stared at her picture for probably two hours. I’d look at her leg then look at mine etc. and go, “Wow, I have the same leg! Look how powerful and sexy she is”! And then every time a bad thought about yourself pops in your head, replace it with a powerful happy thought: I’m beautiful. I’m sexy. I’m smart. Etc. it works. I promise.
LECHERY: What do you hope to find in the lingerie industry in the future?
MAGGIE: Representation of real women.
LECHERY: What is one lingerie piece that every girl should have in their closet?
MAGGIE: A corset! Ooooh you feel like such a badass in a corset! I have several from Hourglass Corsetière. She hand sews each one so they can be completely customizable! I love that because a store bought one never ever works for me because I have a long torso. So I love having it hand made for my body!
LECHERY: What is one thing you would always wear that would make you feel much more confident and sexy?
MAGGIE: I know it sounds silly but my smile. Because if I’m not smiling then I’m not feeling sexy in my mind (which is our biggest sexual organ!) so it doesn’t matter what I’m wearing, if I’m not feeling it then I won’t feel sexy. So find what makes you smile!
LECHERY: Describe lingerie to you in three words:
MAGGIE: Fun, for me, exciting
LECHERY: It is a really tough time in today's world with the whole COVID-19 pandemic going on, what have you been doing to keep yourself busy and healthy?
MAGGIE: This is a great question! I’ve been trying to use this time to create good habits for my soul that I say I never have time for pre-quarantine. They say it takes thirty days to form a habit so I’ve been exercising 20 mins almost everyday and being mindful about my actions whether that’s my words, thoughts, or what I put into my body, or who I share my time with. It’s helping keep me calm. I’m a huge extrovert so not being around people is hard! And I find this helps keep me centered.
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