"I am not my reflection"

This is me, sharing what once was my deepest and darkest insecurity, my body image. This shot was taken on May 1st, 2012, at Chico High School, in Chico, California, during my exchange year on the mentioned location. During my stay, I was lucky enough to be able to participate in the “What I Be Project”, a social experiment turned into a global movement about honesty and empowerment.

In today’s society, we are often told to look or act a certain way. If we differ from these “standards,” we are often judged, ridiculed, bullied and sometimes even killed over them. Steve Rosenfield started this project in hopes to open up the lines of communication, and to help everyone accept diversity with an open mind & heart and empower those who feel they suffer for something they may see as a flaw.

This is not me anymore. My 15 year old self lies underground, shoved away from my current persona. The real me, still afraid, still weak, but at the same time strong, for years of suffering have only made me stronger; years of abuse have only made me tougher. From now on, I will fight my own battles, against mental illness, against my own. I’ve grown, and so have my fears, but over all, I’ve flourished into a me I am proud of. And I plan to keep it this way.

What I Be Project, Steve Rosenfield.

Friday 10 of January, 2014, with 662 notes

#ane lives a life  #what i be project  
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