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You're Not Crazy: 9 Ways Your Body Changes In Your 20's

Women's Health

My senior year of college was the first time I knew something about my body was different.


Attempting to find an outfit for a friends bday celebration in the midst of the fall, I slowly began to realize my pants did not fit. I literally grabbed about 10 pairs of pants, tried them on, and they all felt a little off.

While most women wouldn't complain about growing a booty overnight, I was completely shocked and confused. Being the person I am, I had to do a little more digging. Am I being blessed with the curves that I prayed for for years of being without, or was I going through a second stage of puberty? Oddly enough, it turned out it was the latter.

Here are a few ways you can expect your body to change throughout your 20's:

Your period will come like clockwork.

Until I hit 21/22 years old, I literally had no idea when my period would decide to make an appearance. The length of my cycle always varied, so I had to be prepared for whatever whenever. At this age, however, I began to recognize symptoms I never really had any prior as the indicator of when to expect my Aunt Flo to make an appearance. Now, I can pretty much pinpoint when my period should be coming down to the day.

But, period cramps may be worse than ever.

I used to gloat about never having menstrual cramps, while my girlfriends had to resort to meds. Now, my cramps literally feel like someone is kicking me in the uterus and my lower back simultaneously. It's a gift and a curse.

Your sex drive will probably reach new heights.

If you're in your 20's and started considering a hoe phase shortly after tuning into season two of Insecure, it's not because of Issa. It's more likely due to the fact that your sexual appetite is drastically increasing. If you're on birth control, this may not apply to you. If not, more power to you girl.

You may start to feel a little more curvy and womanly.

Much like me waking up and randomly having a bit more junk in the trunk, you may begin to feel curvier and notice that womanly figure that people talk about. You may actually be gaining weight in the right places. For some of us, it might feel like it's about damn time.

In general, be prepared to gain more and more weight each year.

Sigh. A moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips. You might have to be a little more conscious of what you consume. Your metabolism will not be what it used to be so don't try to outsmart it. Instead, try making healthier choices a lifestyle change. Likewise, it could very well be the punctuation on the curves of your dreams.

However, you may lose weight...down there.

Yes, your vagina. Your vulva may appear a little smaller, however, everything else should be in great shape.

Your nipples may also look a little different.

This probably isn't too much of a big deal for most women, but your nipples (specifically your areolas) may look darker and might even be larger than they have been in previous years.

Your skin will start telling all your secrets.

If you're not eating right, if you're super stressed out, or just not taking proper care of your skin, it will definitely show. Do a little more to take care of your skin, such as wearing sunscreen daily, drinking lots of water, and maintaining a balanced diet. Your skin will appreciate you 10 years down the line.

Also, acne may make an unwanted return.

The increase of hormones during your menstrual cycle is the main culprit, in addition to other bad habits we pick up in our 20's. To combat this uninvited visitor, just take care of your skin the best way that you can.

As if your 20's wasn't crazy enough, now you have all these body changes to look forward to as well. Good luck to you ladies!

Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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