Question: Why did you want to be apart of this campaign/photoshoot?
Answer: Lately, in my own work I’ve been exploring my body and emotions around having scoliosis. So, I thought this photoshoot would be empowering and influential to my practice.
Question: What would you say is your biggest insecurity and why?
Answer: My back. I have severe idiopathic scoliosis and it’s a constant source of insecurity for me. It’s shaped who I am and my sense of self. It’s appearance seems so grotesque to me at times and I wonder if people see me the same way, but then there are days that I don’t think about it more than once.
Question: The best descriptive word you’d give yourself and why?
Answer: Energetic. One thing about having this condition, I always push myself and don’t let anything slow me down; I always put on my best face for the world.
Question: When did your body image issues start and how did you know?
Answer: Probably not until middle school. I remember looking at images of myself when I was much younger, seeing my back and noticing that my back was unusual. But in middle school I noticed it and felt more insecure because others teased and ridiculed me for being different.
Question: Past advice you would give yourself regarding body image or self-love?
Answer: The people who teased me were people I should’ve never wasted my time on.
Be unapologetically you.
Question: What do you love about yourself, physically or otherwise, and why?
Answer: . Physically, I love my face, eyes and smile. I think I have a great sense of humor and a very expressive face. I think people find me pleasant and funny for these things. I love making people laugh and smile, plus I love laughing too.