Today marks exactly one year since I posted my first picture on Instagram. And what a year it's been. It was a dare from a friend and I had expected to take it down the next day, but somehow, nearly half a million of you have given me incredible love and support, and here I am today.
As most of you know, my passion and life's work is in the protection of wildlife. I have worked all over the world in many countries with thousands of different species from lions, bears and crocodiles to apes and my beloved foxes.
I have a wildlife and exotics rescue (with 300 resident animals) I lecture on wildlife conservation and ecology and am also directly involved with wildlife crime out in the fields.
All of this comes before the modelling you see each day.
And although I'm a down to earth 36 year old woman who knows nothing about fashion and is happiest barefoot, hair flowing and surrounded by nature....I am eternally grateful that you have all given me the opportunity and platform to show that we can love and feel comfortable in our bodies regardless of our size.
To show how confidence in your inner self exudes out of every pore and makes you shine.
To show that art and sexuality can be beautiful without social limitations.
To show that kindness, compassion and support is so much more rewarding and profitable than hate and ridicule.
To all of my followers, I want to say an immense thank you. Thank you for the love and all the kind words and support.
I have been incredibly lucky to make friends with, to fall in love with, and to work with some wonderful people this past year. You all know who you are. I genuinely want to thank each of you.
This photo taken by the insanely talented Chrissy Sparkes of Dollhouse embodies everything that I am.
A woman in love with the natural world.
photo: Chrissy Sparks @dollhousephotographyuk
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