Meet the Boudie Babes - Serena Philp | Mildura Boudoir Photography
Serena Philp is one of the newer faces to the ambassador team of Pure Beauty, but she’s right at home helping to build up and empower women.
The mum of two beautiful boys not only brings plenty of encouragement and support to the group, but also her expertise as a qualified beautician.
After becoming single last year, Serena said she feels more beautiful, powerful, sexy and stronger than ever.
Serena shares with Pure Beauty what it means to be an ambassador and how much she appreciates the opportunity.
Serena: I absolutely love being a part of the ambassadors. I've always loved to help build women up and empower them.
I get to watch ladies go from having insecurities about themselves to loving their bodies!
I love all the girls in the ambassador group and Lauren too. We have become like a sisterhood, a family, we have each other's back and I'm so grateful for their friendships.
Pure Beauty: Applying for an ambassador position, was it an easy decision for you?
Serena: So when the first ambassador applications opened up I didn't apply, I felt like I wasn't good enough to apply and there were so many others that deserved the spot.
This time around I jumped at it!
I put my application in and I was so excited but still had a bit of disbelief that I would actually get it, knowing so many other amazing ladies had applied too.
Pure Beauty: As an ambassador, what are you wanting to achieve?
Serena: I want to help clients get the confidence they are craving. They see us looking beautiful and stronger in our lives and the transformations we are all going through and I want to help guide them through that. I want to encourage them to learn to love parts of their body they aren’t in love with and encourage them to try new things. To be able to achieve this is so much fun!
As ambassadors we get such a high seeing them smile and watching them fall in love with their bodies.
It's an amazing feeling when we can see that we helped in some little way to get them to that part - whether it's by doing their makeup or boosting them before their shoots or chatting to them about lingerie choices.
Pure Beauty: What’s been your greatest memory so far with Pure Beauty?
Serena: There's so many moments that will stick with me forever; laughs with the girls, having our catch ups and our sleepover weekend was incredible.
Also making new friendships and just watching the clients blossom into a whole new person after their shoots.
Pure Beauty: So for someone having their first experience, what can they expect?
Serena: You feel a little nervous at the beginning, you might be a little unsure about walking around in your undies but within a few minutes, half an hour maybe, you'll be fine!
You'll be smiling and laughing, you'll absolutely love being pampered and getting your hair and makeup done!
And when you see a photo of yourself after Lauren’s taken an image, you will be so surprised that that is you!
You will feel on top of the world after your shoot and then you go back for the reveal and you see yourself in a whole new light.
Pure Beauty: To those considering a boudoir experience, what’s your message to them?
Serena: My favorite thing to say is: Just go do it! You won't regret it.
This is for you - whether your’re a busy mum or a full time career woman. You deserve a shoot, you deserve to be pampered and have a whole day that's about giving you confidence and changing the way you feel about your body and yourself.
You will have the most amazing time, trust me!
Pure Beauty: You inspire other women, but who do you look up to?
Serena: There are too many influential women in my life to name; my family and friends have each given me something that has helped shape who I am and who I am as mum.
I look up to so many ladies in my little village of friends and I love each and every one of them, they all give me hope and strength and keep me going.
On a bigger scale, I love Constance Hall and Tiffany Jenkins; both for different reasons.
Con I absolutely love. She's real, she loves her body and her kids are just like mine. They’re crazy and loud but she loves them to bits. She doesn't hold back and there's no filter on her life. Plus her clothes are fab!
Pure Beauty: Do you have some parting words for our readers?
Serena: My one wish for you, is to see yourself the way your best friend sees you.
That you are perfect as you are; you are an amazing hard worker or mum, or incredible friend, lover, sister or wife.
Enjoy your life. Be happy. Do things that YOU want to do. If you want bright pink hair then do it, if you want to wear your favourite dresses every day then do it!
Life is too short to worry about what other people think, all that matters is what you think.
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Mildura resident and Photographer, Lauren Southwell launched Pure Beauty in late June, 2018 & is committed to helping woman feel beautiful, sexy and empowered through the art of Boudoir Photography.