"You don't want to be them."

-Amanda Lemming

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Q&A with:


Why did you want to be apart of this campaign/photoshoot?

I did this shoot for a variety of reasons, but I guess the biggest would be simply because I never thought I would've struggled with body image issues for so long. I never imagined I'd ever be comfortable enough for such a thing. For the first time in my life I feel truly comfortable in my own skin and love who I am and proving myself wrong.

What would you say is your biggest insecurity and why?

My stretch marks. I grew up to be 5'11 from 7th-8th grade and I thought that meant I was overweight and less desirable. No other 8th grader had stretch marks all over their hips, thighs and knees. After high school, I lost 40 pounds after picking up a vigorous yoga regimen. But then new stretch marks started coming simply because I was becoming too strong for my skin. That's when I fell in love with them.

The best descriptive word you’d give yourself?

I am organic and full of life, feminine and delicate yet constructive and logical. 

When did your body image issues start and how did you know?

In 7th grade. I hadn't really noticed the stretch marks until I was at a friend's pool party. She pointed them out and said they were only for fat people.

Past advice you would give yourself regarding body image or self-love?

Darling, every girl that you want to be is struggling with something too. You don't want to be them.

What do you love about yourself, physically or otherwise, and why?

Having a yoga practice for the last 6 years has made me love myself in more ways than I can count. Physically, I love that I'm a female and 5'11. I love myself even more when I slap on a pair of 3 inch heels without a doubt or care in the world.