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“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

Be OK

First I should start by saying that I am not wearing anything in particular that you MUST HAVE except for a bit of color and tinge of confidence.

I always feel a little reluctant disclosing personal details on the internet, as I don’t normally like mixing my work and my everyday woes.

However, I was feeling particularly inspired to write this post because I’m feeling a little different about my style choices as of late.

I’ve always hated my boobs–I thought they were too small, weirdly shaped etc.– and have always struggled with coming to accept them. It was not until very recently I felt okay not wearing a bra, even at home. After some soul searching (lol), I’ve really come to accept the differences in human bodies.

My body type and my skin color is generally underrepresented in the media, which is true for most girls my age. I could go on for days about how hard it is to growing up and only seeing one body type held as the epitome of beauty.

Therefore, I’ve come to the conclusion that my body is never going to look like anything the fashion industry has concocted and frankly at this point in my life I don’t think I want it to. Coming from a photographers stand point, it’s good to highlight that none of it is real. There is tons of time and money put into creating what our society believes to be perfection.

“Do you know how much freedom there is in loving your body?”

I posted this caption on my Instagram recently, because it’s never been more relevant to my life. I’ve always wanted to wear halter tops and shirts that look funny with bra straps, and now that I am more confident about… literally everything… I feel as if so many doors have opened up for styling and much more. 

Photos by Jake Montoya

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