It was 1986 or ‘87 in Rota, Spain. I was pretty young sitting in the theater seats watching a rehearsal. I was watching this woman sing aloud, "She wore an itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny yellow poke-a-dot bikini", for an upcoming play. I kept wondering why someone would take the lyrics from ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ and incorporate it into this song. I had heard this woman sing before. When she would sing, peoples’ reaction to her was that of amazement and awe. Her voice would stop people; even random people who were in the auditorium during her rehearsals.
It was then that I decided, I wanted to be just like her. I wanted people to look at me in amazement and awe. I wanted people to shake my hand and ask me to sing. You see, this woman was brown like me, looked like me, and made this dream of mine feel like it could be tangible and attainable. And Oh, could she dance. Her hips were mesmerizing. She would hit every beat of a song she loved with a shoulder roll or hip sway. Her foot work was smooth. I often tried to keep up or match it. I also had the opportunity to watch this woman start and run her own business. It was called House of Manners. She taught etiquette classes to the girls and manners to the boys. This woman set the platform for everything I would dream of being. She made the dream a reality simply by being my mom.
I will never forget believing at a young age, that I would run my own business, sing, act, dance, and be one of the funniest people to be around; all while having an amazing smile. My mom gave me one of the greatest gifts then, that is helping me now. She taught me through simply living her life, how to find myself, love it, know it, be it and own it. She is my first superhero and she introduced me to more along the way.
Fatima started FLM after her face was paralyzed during the summer of 2015. Spending much time in silence & looking at magazines, she realized that none of the images seemed to reflect moms that encouraged her, (in her current state). She began collaborating to find a formula for a magazine that would inspire fellow mom & womenprenuer camaraderie.
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