The Body Issue
I was really nervous to share these photos. Actually more nervous than the shoot itself but that's because my photographer Julia Morgan was incredible. Or maybe because she just made me feel really comfortable in every weird angle pose we did, like the one above. Check out her blog post about this shoot here.
I was more nervous to see someone the next day in class and feel uneasy about them seeing me completely naked. I was nervous about what people would think. But for me, this is the year to be BOLD, take chances, help more people, help inspire body love and positivity, and just completely be myself. My WHOLE self indeed. ;)
Here’s a quick story behind these photos: I used to run track in high school and college. I actually played basketball first, but shortly realized that every time I stole for a breakaway layup and missed it, that I was really just faster than the ball. My basketball coach told me to try out for the track team and I thought it was lame, until I made it to state championship my freshman year of high school. I'm really competitive and I liked being really good at something, so I stuck with it. I ended up winning state in the 200m my senior year. Those are called the #glorydays ladies and gentlemen. Feels like a whole lifetime ago. But I lifted heavy and ran really fast back then so the same goes for now. I left my heart on the track every single time I was on it.
I would watch the Summer Olympics growing up in awe of the athletes competing with their heart and soul on the track. I get goosebumps just thinking about watching everyone race again in a few years. Every year, ESPN Magazine puts out an issue where the athletes (sometimes Olympians) are nude or semi-nude doing their sport. Everyone from gymnasts to basketball players to sumo wrestlers. Everybody has a story, and every BODY is different in their own unique way. I’m so fascinated by the human body and what it can accomplish. To feel confident and courageous in your own skin is the best feeling in the world.
Owning your body can be one of the hardest things to do. Trust me, I know. It may not seem like I know because I’m out here showcasing my body like it’s on a billboard but yes I have been there, and we all have. That may be for a whole separate blog or Instagram post.
A major goal I have this year is to create a community of women that case showcase strength through confidence and hard work. I can’t tell you how excited I am put out this program and work with many of you!
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