Crystale & Sydney

Interview with Crystale:

What made you want to be a part of the #ReclaimBeauty project? 

"I just want to be able to help set a good example for my kids and all daughters out there and to remind them they deserve to be proud of themselves."

What was different about this photo shoot versus your solo shoot? 

"It was so inspiring doing this project with Sydney - I mean, to see how far she has come and the fact that she is only in 7th grade with an attitude about life most adults don’t even have - I want to take pictures with her because she inspires me."

Interview with Sydney:

Sydney, thanks for having the courage to be a part of this project and at such a young age. Getting young adults to stand up and talk about this stuff is so important and can help end the perpetuation of these cycle. How did it feel to be a part of this project?

"It feels great because doing this shows people that you don’t have to hide behind anything - you can just be you."

When did you first start noticing a change in how people treated each other?

"I started noticing people thinking about weight and judging others around 5th grade. And it was odd because I wasn’t used to judging people because of their size. I wanted to know who they were and what they were like but it seemed no one else really cared about that anymore, or at least it wasn’t cool to say you cared about it."

Where do you think that sense of judgment came from?

"I don’t know where it came from but I don’t like it. I don’t like to judge people for how they look or what they weight - people are so much more than that."

If you could give a piece of advice to your peers and those coming into this realization, what would you say?

"Don’t judge people first - you have to wait until you actually know the person and their story and see them for who they are not just what they look like."

What piece of advice do you want to give your future self?

"Not everyone is mean. Not everyone is like you and some people have difficulties with things that might seem easy to you or vice versa but everyone is unique and as best as you can, try to accept everyone."

Do you think this happens for boys too around your age?

"I mean…probably. I feel like the boys started judging each other based on what sports they played or what they liked or what they wore so I am sure it is just as difficult for them, it just looks different."

I know you wrote a poem talking about the issue of body shaming - can you share that with us?

Sure, it's called "Body Shaming"

Body Shaming

Almost everybody gets body shamed - you’re too skinny or too fat. But it’s nothing to be upset about. Love yourself for who you are and don’t hate yourself for what you are not. They can’t judge you if you love yourself. The next time someone body shames you just roll your eyes because they are probably just jealous or just dumb. You just need to live your life the way you want to. Don’t let other people get to you - ignore their hatred and be positive because you are BEAUTIFUL just the way you are.