After taking about 8 hours of buses, taking my chances at renting a place with no address, and heading to a tiny mountain town solo, I walked around the corner and found this famous Instagram street in Chefchaouen!
But don't let the look of effortlessness and flowy dress fool you...I walked back and forth until I found other travelers to take turns taking photos with so I'd feel comfortable even taking my jacket off! Because yes, I wear flowy dresses for photos (and in real life, but not in countries where it's inappropriate!) I decided to give the back end reality of this photo bc I'm pretty sick of all the people lately who have been throwing shade at travel bloggers (slash girls on IG) who wear pretty dresses, hats, and look away from the camera. SO WHAT?! I'll admit it's a bit frustrating for me at times since I've been doing it for 3 years and I hate to feel classified as "like everyone else", but I remain appreciative of the people who choose to make their photos about the places, not their faces.
But while we're on the subject, I'd like to take this opportunity to say WHY I started not showing my face 3 years ago:
1. I got accused of "using my looks" to get free travel and followers. So I vowed to never show my face to prove I could do it purely with talent and hard work.
2. I travel solo and I take all of my own photos by using a remote on my phone. YOU try hitting a button on your phone while smiling at a camera.
3. I cant fake a smile for shit, and if I don't smile, I look like a bitch, so I show the back of my head, problem solved.
Not to mention, every time I take a photo in public I get ridiculed for "taking a selfie" yet do it anyway to get these photos.
So conclusively, I hope everyone keeps taking photos however they damn well please, and THANK YOU to everyone who likes what I do because they understand my underlying intentions, THANK YOU for everyone who thinks my photos are awesome, and THANK YOU for all the shade-throwers who have encouraged me to start filming more epic videos 😜
Rant over. 👊
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Chefchaouene - شفشاون