Alanna, 28, Long Island. When I first saw this photo my honest, initial reaction was: “Yikes, what a gross picture.” My brain immediately saw everything I hated and critiqued about myself, as if it’s been trained to do my entire life. It took two seconds to decide I was embarrassed by it because it didn’t look “perfect”.Read More
Ana, 27, Boston. How many times have we said: "it's nothing", "I'm ok", "No, I don't need help" when we mean the opposite? I was raised to be strong, go after my dreams, suck it up and move on. As women, we can be strong but we can also cry. We don't have to choose. We can be both.
Andie, 30, Santa Fe. Today I found out that I’m at risk for premature ovarian failure. I’m 30. The news felt like a blow, and at the same time, I wasn’t surprised. I’ve spent almost my whole life trying to show up for other people but have hardly ever showed up for myself. Tonight, after hearing the diagnosis, I said, enough.Read More
Lulu, 24, New York. From a young age I felt different on multiple levels. I always felt sorry for feeling different, yet I never understood why. Countless events, situations, and opportunities have taught me that being different is a quality that should be embraced and used as fuel.Read More
Ashley, 25, Long Island. As a "big" girl, I've always struggled. All the trendy clothes that the "popular" girls wore didn't fit me. I indulged in make-up because I believed that would make me prettier. Not true. I was still bullied terribly for how I looked. Let me take you back.Read More