I dated the wrong people who were toxic and would then use my insecurities against me.”

My ‘self love’ has never came naturally. I had acne at a young age, then glasses and braces so I got made fun of a lot. I started developing at an early age as well and that got noticed. I’d always try to cover myself with baggy clothes because it made me self conscious.  

About 2.5 years ago I got really sick and after I got better I decided to focus on me. I stopped letting others opinions about me effect what I thought about myself and for the first time in my life I taught myself how to love me and how to be comfortable in my own skin. The last 6 months I’ve truly fallen back in love with myself and my body, and it’s finally starting to come naturally after many years.

Knowing that I was going to be wearing little no clothing was a bit scary and no matter how prepared I felt, all the small insecurities started creeping out before we got started. Within 10 min they all went away.  Trish made me feel extremely comfortable, and confident even when I felt like I looked ridiculous.  I felt a lot more confident leaving the shoot and I feel even better now after seeing what was created.  This whole experience has been amazing and has helped me love myself just a little bit more.  

Advice to future BLP Participants:

Don’t let your insecurities get in the way of doing something for yourself.  Self love is self care as I feel like a lot people forget that while trying to please other people.  If you’re even thinking about doing something like this, do it and do it for yourself.