"Only the uninteresting people judge you for your body."
Why did you want to be apart of this campaign/photoshoot?
Initially I didn't have any strong feelings about doing the photoshoot, at the time it was a fun afternoon that I got to spend time with people I love being silly together. I didn't realize how much I take my current opinion of my body and myself for granted. When I was younger I used to hate myself and how I looked, knowing that someone was about to take a picture of me usually elicited a lot of uncomfortable feelings. I hadn't realized how far I've come towards a more positive outlook on myself until this photoshoot. Sometimes it's important to be reminded of your progress.
What would you say is your biggest insecurity and why?
I still think my smile looks a little off... A lot of the times my discomfort with having my picture taken is pretty clear because my expression always looks weird in photos.
your solo shoot was in the woods. has that environment had any part in your self-love journey?
I have always loved and connected with nature, most of the art I create is inspired by natures beauty and idiosyncrasies. Since many people live separately from the natural environment it's easy to forget that we as humans are still part of nature. I think it's important to me to see myself in an environment that I find of so interesting and beautiful, to remember that I am a part of something so amazing.
When did your body image issues start and how did you know?
I probably started having body image issues when I was in middle school. I had a few friends throughout middle and high school who were very beautiful and I always felt like the "ugly" friend. I was in ballet growing up so I was always aware of my body. In general I was a shy/insecure kid and I never really liked my body nor my smile especially in middle school.
Past advice you would give yourself regarding body image or self-love?
Fuck it. Do what you want. Only uninteresting people judge you for your body.
What do you love about yourself, physically or otherwise, and why?
I’m pretty fond of my sense of humor and the way I get excited about nature and fun facts. I like my eyes, legs and my boobs are pretty great.