You are on a mission to make other women feel comfortable in their own skin, and look gorgeous doing it! Hurray!!! What inspired you to embark on this mission? What have been the biggest challenges along the way? The biggest wins/accomplishments?
"It started when I was a bra fitter in 2005 and saw real human bodies, instead of airbrushed images, in person. It helped me see the beauty in others and myself, and realize that things like the cellulite and stretch marks I had were not ugly.
Real beauty comes from loving yourself.
I also saw how much better I felt and how my life blossomed once I started being kinder to myself and my body. So I started using the bra fitting room as a way to help other people see THEIR beauty and love their bodies.
One of the biggest challenges has been my background. I grew up in a very conservative home and modesty was the best policy. Breaking through the shame I felt of my body's natural "imperfections" was tough, but the shame of my body being too sexy or too much was actually scarier.
I never thought I'd be photographed in my underwear, but it was a step in my own journey to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. I started with fuller coverage, retro swimsuits first on my site and in O Magazine. I still remember one of the photo assistants saying I was so brave to be photographed in my swimsuit, and to hang out in my two piece on set without a robe. I remember thinking how much self love went into my ability to do so, and thanking myself for being so kind to myself.
When I did my first boudoir shoot I felt so scared! Now it's like just another Tuesday to stand up in my underwear. I remind myself that it's an act of love. The feedback I get are big wins - not because people think I'm beautiful (I already know that, and welcome their affirmation but don't need their validation), but because they say I encourage them to see THEIR beauty. The thanks I get for showing up fully keeps me going. I truly believe that when we show up fully, love ourselves, and shine bright, we give other people the permission or reminder to do the same."