She's an Outsider

travel like a foreigner

a visual story by Natasha Tendai


It’s a massive privilege on its own for me to move around the world observing things as an outsider. I’ll use this privilege to stand up for people who don’t have a voice regardless of the daily discrimination I have to face when traveling just for the color of my skin and the texture of my hair. I’m not here to come develop your countries like the west and wait for you to tend to me like you don’t have better things to do in your life than to bend over backwards for someone to come “enjoy” your culture, but to let you know that especially as a female I got your back 100% and have so much to learn and share on this journey of simply keeping it real
— Lindsay Lovejoy

Lindsay Lovejoy - Johannesburg, South Africa. © Natasha Tendai

Lindsay Lovejoy - Johannesburg, South Africa. © Natasha Tendai

You don’t meet A woman like a Lindsay Lovejoy everyday.

She left Cleveland, Ohio in exchange for Barcelona, Spain. She travels the world guided by her inner compass and fueled by her love for creativity. She is a fearfully-wonderful. A force of energy. She moves with intention and purpose. @shesanoutsider illustrates her love for adventure from Bali, to India, South Africa and now Australia. She greets each country like a humble foreigner entering the home of a friendly stranger. With respect and love. She travels on the wings of the universe, with intention and impeccable style.

Being a foreigner gave me one advantage: I could be nosey, and be forgiven
— Sirkka Liisa Konttinen
Lindsay Lovejoy - Johannesburg, South Africa. © Natasha Tendai

Lindsay Lovejoy - Johannesburg, South Africa. © Natasha Tendai

It was a new year in Johannesburg, South Africa when our stars collided. I hadn't been back on the continent in fives years. I was in need of genuine connections with strangers, sharing our experiences, travel stories, and dreams for our future. It was our mutual love for vintage and second hand clothing that sparked our relationship. We were both on our individual journeys becoming the women we have always wanted to be. Creating the experiences that made us feel alive.

Lindsay had arrived back from Cape Town and since my flight back to New York got cancelled, I had a few more days in the city, so we made time to visit the“the piles” in downtown Johannesburg. For the second hand clothing lover, this is a must go-to place when visiting South Africa. I watched as Lindsay rummaged through piles of clothes. Jumping for joy when she found exactly what was meant for her. There is something magical about letting chance be the curator of your happiness. Finding something that is perfect for you is not an easy thing to do, but with patience, persistence and a little faith you never know what you might find. The thrill of the unknown and serendipitous moment of extracting a priceless gem over and over again, doesn’t ever quite get old for the precocious women are. It’s part of the adventure. Discovering an old story. Now we will wear them and write new ones.

Lindsay embodies the kind of woman I can see in myself. A woman with a passport that is too small to fit all the stamps she is going to need to cross borders that get in her way. A woman who is striving to construct a way of life that encompasses the feeling of freedom and joy where ever she lands. The people, the food, the music. Lindsay looked like she wanted to experience it all. Her vivacity is untethered to one city, country or tribe. She is a global citizen.

I believe we meet a reflection of ourselves when ever we connect with strangers. Through them we can learn what it takes to create the life we want to live. They can represent a version of you stepping into your power and achieving your dreams. Meeting Lindsay reminded me about the beauty in our similarities and differences. Being vulnerable enough to open up and learn from each other. Affirming our uniqueness, and showing how grateful we are to be sharing a moment together doing exactly what you love to do. Traveling with intention.

 

travel like a foreigner

“One more day in Johannesburg”

photography by natasha tendai


@shesanoutsider / Art by Natasha Tendai

When I move I carry the strength of 10 women
— Lindsay Lovejoy