“Self-acceptance is a journey complete with shitty days and good days… it’s a decision you have to make over and over again just to love yourself.”
In a perfect world every single woman would feel confident and happy with her appearance all the time.
In reality, that’s not always the case. Even the most self-assured women have days when they feel less than sparkly. Others live with unhappiness or insecurities for months, or even years, on end.
It’s something that model Jessica Vander Leahy has seen in countless women she has come into contact with through her work. Vander Leahy is a frequent Instagram poster – often uploading shots of her modelling shots, and she says through social media women she has never met reach out to her to ask her advice on how they can feel better about themselves.
“It made me wonder if there is a real lack of honest conversation about the way women feel about themselves and the natural highs and lows they go through — not only about body image, but also on their journey to figuring out what it means to be a woman and being happy and content with themselves,” Vander Leahy explains.
Vander Leahy took it upon herself to facilitate this open, honest conversation by launching #ProjectWomanKIND — an online video series featuring candid interviews with women about body image, health, and other aspects of life as a woman.
The first videos feature Aussie models Sophie Sheppard, Margaret MacPherson, Stefania Ferrario, Olivia Langdon and Vander Leahy herself.
The women were encouraged to be as honest as possible about their body hang-ups, and their advice for overcoming them.
“All of the models were so vulnerable and honest about the diets they’ve tried and all the ways they punished themselves and their bodies for not conforming to what they wanted, but ultimately they’ve come to accept themselves,” Vander Leahy says.