#IAmMother - Stories of Motherhood

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It was 39 years ago and my mom was not married then and it was always known with the nurses at that time, they’re very strict with young girls who had kids when they were still single and when it was time for them to deliver the kids at the ward, my mom always reminds me that I was the tiniest, with the fattest cheeks and I looked a little abnormal because I was hairy.

So the forehead was darker because of the hair and my back was darker. So the kids were delivered to all the other mothers and her name was called and she’s always honest that she was not the happiest mom when she was told that I was her kid.

Only then, after then she realized that I was a normal baby but she became happier after 3 months when my body fitted my cheeks. Thank you.

Meet the artist

Ashleigh Wegener

Photography, to me, is an art form that aptly depicts a moment in a person’s life to characterize and immortalize a glimpse into the essence of that beautiful individual or moment. As a South African we seem to have developed a strength, a drive and I have the honour and privilege of being able to use my camera as a tool to help tell the story, to evoke memory, and emotion, to teach that we are stronger than we think, to remind women of their unique beauty and ever enduring strength.
You are woman, let them hear your Roar!


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