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Meet Ruth

Ruth shared…

“We as women need to stop seeing all the ‘flaws’ in our bodies and embrace the wonderfully made beings that we are.”

Ruth wrote us a letter…

Dear Laurie Felt Team,

The Curve is the perfect home for my curves. I can move without feeling restricted.

I’m a mom of two, and I’m reminded by some of my curves that it was the best thing I’ve ever done. Circumstances beyond my control have expanded my curves. I must admit that whilst the extra poundage may not feel great, I can still look and feel beautiful, confident and, most of all, blessed to be able to find and wear well made clothing such as the Curve jean. I actually feel that way in all of Laurie’s pieces that I own.

Finally, we as women need to stop seeing all the ‘flaws’ in our bodies and embrace the wonderfully made beings that we are. Be grateful for each day, even when our circumstances are hard. Love ourselves and each other. Just be kind. It’s the most beautiful thing we can ever be.

Blessings, Ruth Duenes

Ruth on gratitude..

“When you have a sense of gratitude, your life becomes peaceful.”

And we wrote Ruth one back.

Dear Ruth,

Your loving letter is simply the most beautiful reflection of the pure light of your incredible inner spirit. You say, “I am no Role Model. I come from such a difficult and broken past. I had no other choice than to choose the path of survival.” We beg to differ, Ruth. In fact, you had many choices. You could have chosen to grow cold and bitter. You could have chosen to repeat the mistakes of your mother, your brother, your father. But you didn’t. You witnessed death and experienced violence at the hands of those you trusted. Yet, you chose to create a life for yourself and your two beautiful children. That was worthy. That was kind. That was empowered. You chose to live by your mantra: I am the only one compelled to love myself, everyone else has a choice.

You immigrated to America from Jamaica as a young mother with two small children. You made a life for them, and for yourself. You say, “The past is a place of reference, not residence.” And, you become a self-described “Jill of all trades, master of none!” You were an entertainer (singing Jazz for the likes of Maya Angelou), you were a carpenter and a secretary (getting chased around desks!), you worked retail, you worked in banking, you became an artist and a fitness instructor. You even wrote a book – a series of short stories – that sells on Amazon to this day. As a child, you found respite under your bed reading used books with sections missing – some missing the beginning, some the ending, some both. But you used your imagination to complete the story. And, as a grown woman, you did the same. You used your power to complete your story – to create your beginning and middle.

Some things were out of your control, however, and you became ill. While the doctors worry about your prognosis, you refuse to give up. You say, “When you have a sense of gratitude, your life becomes peaceful.” And, you find peace.

You are an incredible Role Model, Ruth.

With love,The Laurie Felt Team

What does it mean to Stand In Your Curves?

To Stand In My Curves is to acknowledge that I’m fearfully and wonderfully made.