"I want people, but especially women, to love what they look like all of the time."
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Why did you want to be apart of this campaign/photoshoot?
Since the last photoshoot I did with Melinda I’ve spent a lot of time looking in the mirror and at individual parts of my face and I try to see the art in it. I’m sick of looking in the mirror and being unhappy. If this is important to me, I figured it’s time to solve myself image problem.
The best descriptive word you’d give yourself and why?
I consider myself 'tenacious' because mental illness often makes the simplest parts of life extremely difficult for me. sometimes my brain feels like it is on fire, screaming in my ears, and all i can do is dig my nails into the earth, close my eyes, and hold on. when the storm passes, i take a breath, and keep moving. the ability to endure isn't usually thought of as a form of strength, because endurance is often quiet. but it takes strength to get up every morning and go to war with your demons, knowing that tomorrow you will have to get up and do it again, and again, and it never ends, but you do it anyway.
When did your body image issues start and how did you know?
I think the earliest I remember feeling self-conscious about my appearance was 5th grade, so I was 11 years old. I remember being frustrated by my hair, and wishing I had different clothes.
Past advice you would give yourself regarding body image or self-love?
I would say that loving yourself is such a struggle but it’s fine to celebrate yourself. Take a selfie! If you keep up that practice, it will help you fight off those negative words from society.
What is something you do when you’re having body image issues?
I take selfies whenever I feel like I look pretty good, and Instagram is my archive. When I start feeling those mean thoughts invading my head, I try to look at pictures of myself to be reminded of the beauty I saw then. I also screenshot nice things my friends and family say to me, and re-read them.