In her own words
True Beauty-True Beauty originates from within. It is not being afraid to be yourself and love who you truly are.
How did not wearing any makeup make you feel?
Not wearing make up made me feel more vulnerable and open. I felt like all my flaws were being revealed, while at the same time I was feeling a sense of relief. It was a relief that I was enough exactly how I am. My flaws are what make me, me!
Thinking about it, what did your session mean to you?
My session had a deeper meaning to me because I was doing something I love, while being allowed to completely be myself with no pressure or expectations from anyone.
What are your thoughts or how do you feel about Project Beauty?
Project beauty is a great initiative to bring awareness to the many difficult struggles young woman and girls face today. I think it is a great outlet to allow girls to support and empower one another.
Has this experience changed how you see yourself?
After seeing my photos from the shoot, they made me feel more comfortable in my natural skin and made me recognize that my flaws are what truly makes me a beautiful person inside and out.
Testimonial. Could you share your testimony?
After struggling with an eating disorder for over 3 years, I am recovered and free from the constant imprisonment of restriction, body shaming, and loneliness. When I first started modeling sophomore year of high school, I became more conscious of how I looked and started focusing on my diet and exercise. I started doing both of those in a healthy way and got to a healthy weight. It was not until the death of my grandparents that lead me to the beginning of my eating disorder. I had never personally experienced death in my life, so losing two of the most important people in my life within 6 months of each other was completely devastating to me.
Suddenly I felt completely out of control of my life and what had happened to me at that time. The one thing in my life that I felt like I was able to control was food, specifically what I would or would not eat. My eating disorder became my coping mechanism and numbed all the pain I was experiencing at the time. A simple thing I thought I had control over soon took complete control over me. My eating disorder robbed me of everything I loved; my family, my friends, my hobbies, my joy and was only leading to robbing me of my life as well.
Once I became aware and accepted that my habits and behaviors were a problem, I started going to an outpatient treatment center. My recovery was one of the most challenging things I have ever gone through in my life. There were many ups and downs throughout my recovery but with many therapy sessions, support from family and friends, and God’s endless love I was able to overcome my eating disorder. Through God’s unwavering gratefulness I have been able to turn something so terrible into something truly beautiful making me the woman I am today.
Project Beauty is a no makeup no edit project designed to help girls see themselves as being beautiful just the way they are! Follow the link to find out more about Project Beauty and how you can take part in this!