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I’ve always done my best to shimmer, to softly impart my sparkle onto the lives of those around me.
Ultimately that’s what we all want to do, right? Live our best lives, connect with those around us, and leave our mark on the world.
A year ago, I discovered the secret to offering my full shine: I began to love myself first before pouring my pieces into those around me, and I felt, for the first time, like I was whole.
I’d already been an advocate around mental illness and trauma stigmatization, but with this new discovery, my message changed: Rather than coming from a space of depression, I came from a space of self-love. I yearned for the people around me to embrace their own self-love journey, so I shared mine, and began to follow my dreams and aspirations in new, uninhibited ways.
Six months ago, I hit a snag.
I've been a body-positivity activist for years now, but I still struggle with loving all of my pieces fully. Modeling has pushed me to embrace the parts of myself I would have otherwise chosen to hide, while photography allows me to capture so many varieties of beautiful body types.
I pushed my limits even further in August, when Evelyn Sinclair and I ventured into the marshes of Borderland State Park, discarding our clothes and frolicking into the (seriously smelly) waters, surrounding ourselves with lilypads and underwater tree stumps.
Check out the results below!