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"Be unapologetically you."

-Betsy Vollmar

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Q&A with:

Betsy

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

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.

What would you say is your biggest insecurity and why?

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. Its 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.

The best descriptive word you’d give yourself and why?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

 
 

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