"You are enough.
You are loved.
You are worthy."
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Why did you want to be apart of this campaign/photoshoot?
It’s hard to recall a time where I felt as stable as I have felt the past year. I have been through more than a few heavy experiences in the last handful of years. It seemed fitting to capture my energies at this time when I feel my best and brightest.
The best descriptive word you’d give yourself and why?
Radiant. As a highly energetic person I definitely carry a warm, vibrance with me that makes me harness vitality. I find I am able to assist and motivate others with my energies. I captured this radiance within my hair color. It reassured me that I am capable and worthy of healthy life-balance and the effort it takes to achieve the life I want to live.
When did your body image issues start and how did you know?
I think they were always underlying. I remember feeling so uncomfortable with my body when I was a young teen. Perpetuated by years of concealed mental illness, I used food as a comfort when I was feeling low. I gained unhealthy weight and became very self conscious about my physique. I also recognized signs of toxic talk to myself; telling myself I hated myself or that I was not pretty or fit enough to be loved by others.
Past advice you would give yourself regarding body image or self-love?
I would tell myself to go to therapy. It may sound silly, but it wasn’t until many, many years after I first had the notion that therapy could possibly benefit me that I finally booked my first session, it helped me immensely. You are more than your physical appearance. You are enough. You are loved. You are worthy.
What do you love about yourself, physically or otherwise, and why?
I love my hair! It’s so wild. I used to struggle with my hair and having confidence to embrace it. Now I enjoy when I have crazy hair days. The colors have been inspiring intense makeup color play too! I also love my tattoos, they were a great source of gaining confidence in my physical appearance over the years.