Okay so we’re a little (a lot) late with this month’s Meet The Team segment but guess what – we have excuses, and boy are they good ones! So far on the cards, we’ve had a wedding, a honey-moon, a capsule collection, and so much more! Nonetheless we are back and ready to dive straight in with this month’s beauties – Jenna and Lucy.
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Q: Talk us through your journey of self-love. Were there any stand-out moments? What were they and why?
J: I didn’t know how desperately I needed self love until it started to come into my life. I had been trying to conform to society’s standards for so long that I forgot to ask myself what I actually desired. It came from taking good care of myself and listening to my body. Through that I realized that my body and I are an incredible team! It tells me what it needs to run well and I try to give it those things. It rewards me by letting me know it is here and ready to take on life together. Self care is the strongest form of self love I can show my body. And it’s been a blessing in my life ever since.
L: A big stand out moment for me in my journey to self-love was the day that I stopped dieting and calorie counting, it was not long after I started modelling and about a week later I had this overwhelming feeling of ‘I can’t believe I don’t have to deprive myself anymore’. It felt amazing and I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long to accept my body as it is. The second would probably be when I booked my first lingerie campaign because for me that proved that I was no longer the only one that accepted my body.
Q: If there was one thing you could express to all the people currently coping with an eating disorder, what would you say?
J: I don’t wish to comment on eating disorders because I don’t have the experience or knowledge to do so.
L: I’ve never had to go through a serious eating disorder so I can’t imagine how to give advice on people going through it, but I have suffered with mental health and I think the most important thing is to not be ashamed and to open up about it, however daunting it seems at the time. I always encourage my followers to message me about things like this because it’s so overwhelming to go through alone and sometimes little things like somebody else’s positivity, or even a hug can make such a difference.
Q: Putting yourself out there on social media is no easy feat. What gave you the inspiration to build such a strong presence on platforms such as Instagram?
J: I started on Instagram before self love with a fitness account to track my progress. I put my transformation pics up because everyone else was doing it. I had absolutely no idea it would lead to the journey I’ve been through today. It’s this community that has held me up and kept me going during really rough times and I am eternally I grateful for that. I will always strive to give back where I can! 💖
L: I actually found opening up on Instagram to be a kind of therapy, I was struggling and it was a choice of either take myself off social media (not really an option in my line of work) or really put myself out there. It’s scary to make yourself vulnerable like that but every positive message I receive hits me harder than 1,000 keyboard warriors trying to put me down. It’s honestly made me even more confident to have so many girls say their body is just like mine and that my posts have helped their body confidence. There’s just no feeling like it.
Q: When you’re dealing with thoughts that aren’t body-positive, what do you do?
J: I am constantly reminding myself of why I’m important to myself. I’ve set reminders everywhere so that I never forget and when I do, there’s a reminder near by. And once in a while the reminders don’t work because I’m having too shitty of a moment. In those times I just try to learn from them. Remembering the instance and did eating a whole pack of cookies, or talking down to myself, or depriving myself of self care help me in those situations? Or did it hurt more? Teach your body the pathway of least resistance. We can hurt and break, but damaging ourselves further only extends the pain.
L: I think it’s important to notice and let any thoughts you have just come and go. I often get in a bit of a negative mind-set about my body when I’m on my period but I find that meditating helps and also doing nice things for myself, for example having a bubble bath or just generally having time to myself to relax.
Q: What is one change you’ve made in your life that has greatly helped you on your journey to body-positivity?
J: I have learned patience and forgiveness with myself.
L: I decided a while ago now that when it comes to my body, the only opinion I value is my own. I don’t need somebody else to tell me I’m beautiful to feel good about myself because if I rely on that, then when people say negative things to me, I would believe those too. For example in the past I’ve been called fat by men I’ve tried to flirt with on nights out and I honestly just find it funny now… Especially the one that told me my eyebrows were rubbish… Now come on!
Q: Do you have a body-positive mantra? And if not, what would your mantra be?
J: Know your worth and then add tax 😘
L: My mantra is ‘We Only Get One Body To Love’ and with one life to live why waste a second doubting yourself.
Thanks for tuning in honeys – as always, stay tuned for more self love, body positivity and all kinds of raging, unapologetic empowerment.
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Team NAM xx