I rarely post photos of myself, especially ones like this but here I am at 19. It was the first time I shot with a major photographer; I was the fittest I have ever been at 5’10 and 130lbs. When we were done shooting I watched as he retouched my photos, making my body smaller and airbrushing my face (swipe to see retouched version). It didn’t occur to me then how toxic that experience was, I would never be that skinny or flawless.
I look at this photo now and can’t stand the retouched version. I’m so grateful to be part of the beauty and fashion industries as they change to reflect real women rather than robotic imagery that crush our spirit and make us feel less than we are, especially when we were just fine to begin with!