A woman finalized her drawn-out divorce with a sexy outfit and wine to prove that life post-marriage is bright.
Marie Lollis of Gray Court, S.C., has been separated from her husband for the last three years, but their divorce wasn’t official until Mar. 18th. While the 47-year-old is dating another man, she still wanted to somehow observe the end of her 13-year marriage.
“I thought about it for a few months, and I said to my brother’s wife, who is a photographer, we should do a ‘divorced diva photo shoot,” Lollis tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
Lollis looked on Pinterest for visual aids, but she wasn’t comfortable with the trendy “Trash the Dress” photos that have brides symbolically destroying their white wedding day gowns. “I wasn’t angry, I was excited,” she explains. After compiling photos of women in empowering poses, she asked friends on Facebook for wardrobe donations.
“A bunch of people lent me their clothing and a high school friend I hadn’t spoken to in 20 years offered me her thigh-high boots,” Lollis says. “When I explained why I needed them, she said, ‘Come get ’em.”
On Mar. 23rd, the mother-of-three, her brother Adam Lollis and her sister-in-law Natasha of Tiltin’ My Lens Photography in Greenville, went to the beautiful Cedar Falls Park in Fountain Inn for the shoot. “We were cutting up laughing the whole time,” Marie says. “My brother was standing behind the camera dancing and saying, ‘Hey boo.'”
She also drank red wine from a handmade goblet with the words, “Finally divorced, boy bye.”
“People didn’t like my short-shorts — well, I didn’t want to wear pants!” Marie says. “But a woman said the photos helped her leave an abusive relationship. I told her to go to a safe house, and she did.”
And Marie’s children love her photos. “My daughter said, ‘Female power’ and my sons said I’m beautiful. My boyfriend was supportive and let me do my thing.”
Natasha tells Yahoo Lifestyle that Marie had a great time, even when accidentally sliding off a rock in stilettos: “The shoot helped her feel free and strong. She released everything.”
Marie has no hard feelings toward her ex-husband. “I didn’t want to bash him,” she admits. “I just want women to know you can be happy after divorce.”
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