"I honestly started sharing my wellness journey for somewhat selfish reasons. I posted this very raw photo of myself almost 200 pounds, postpartum, and kind of just put it out there in the world saying that I was going to start working to better myself. There wasn’t any "after" photo to go with that first initial “before” photo. I thought if I put it all out there then it would keep me accountable to follow through with my goals."
"I think I felt comfortable in my own skin at a young age. In my teens I felt content in my body and missed those common teen years of struggling for reasons I’m still not sure. For me as I got to college that’s when I became less comfortable. Now I have to say I’m still working on it, but most days I feel pretty good just the way I am."
"I decided to start modeling because I wanted to see more women like myself represented in the modeling/fashion world. Honestly, being a bi-racial woman, I have found some difficulty in my life to always feel comfortable being 100% myself—even with a family that constantly reassured me. It wasn’t until later in high school that I let go of “trying to fit in”, and started to step into what made me different and loving those differences."
I’ve definitely found a newfound confidence in my 30s that I didn’t have in my 20s. I sort of just realized that I’ve already lived so much life, and sadly a lot of it was plagued in insecurity. When I hit 30 I was like, 'I literally don’t have time to doubt myself anymore. This is what I am, and this is more than enough.'."
Let’s play a round of everyone’s favorite dinner party game, “Never Have I Ever”. Never have I ever been to India, though I would like to someday. Never have I ever been scuba diving (this makes me feel very non-Floridian). Never have I ever driven a motorcycle… no immediate plans for this! Here’s a good one: Never have I ever felt comfortable in a bra. As someone who’s worn a bra almost every single day for the past twenty years, this still takes me by surprise. And it’s not just that I’ve never felt comfortable in a bra—I’ve never even liked how I...