The divide between reality and pretend has never been so prevalent.
It can feel so difficult to be your normal, every day self in a world where ideals are consistently rammed down your throat.
And of course, it’s a long and slippery slope when you start on the path of self comparison – of which we’re all guilty of.
But don’t forget, no matter how far you fall, there is still reality out there, and it’s you. Beautiful, wonderful you.
This site has, and always will be, a place of authenticity. And so when my lady Alex Cameron asked if I’d be up for taking some photos that were completely stripped back, I jumped at the chance. We were simply hanging out, having some dinner and enjoying the early evening sunshine when Al suggested it. I hadn’t shaved my legs or worn good undies and my makeup had been on since 9am. But that’s the whole point.
These images are here to say you needn’t photoshop your body or your life.We should all feel comfortable enough to share the real us.
We’re all beautiful.
There is no ‘real’ body – we come in different shapes and sizes and that’s what’s normal. We shouldn’t have to censor ourselves to fit an ideal.
One day that will be true. Across the board, anybody will be the norm – it has to be.
For our younger generation.
We need them to know that anything is possible, that there is no limit, no barrier stopping them achieving their dreams. I don’t want another generation to go through pain and suffering of self depreciation and hatred. I want them to feel continually empowered and strong and beautiful.
And hitting publish on this is going to be bloody tough for me. It would be so easy to smooth out my tummy, or plump up my breasts. Of course, there are so many things about myself I wish I could change aesthetically; and so, sharing an image in which I actively bare those hangups, without masking them…is well, a lot.
But to anyone that feels like you’re not enough, or that you’ll never ‘get there’ – know that you already are. Know that the size of your breasts or stomach don’t define how incredible you are. Know that your lifestyle, whatever that may be, doesn’t take away from what you have to offer to the world.
You are enough.
It’s not a competition, it’s a doorway. – Mary Oliver
Photography by Alexandra Cameron.