What's your story?
I'm a socialist, intersectional feminist writer and overindulgent dog owner.
Can I promote my Medium page?
(Jen: YES!) Rachel's Medium writing page you should check out HERE.
I also just lost my brother very suddenly this March, which doesn't define me but also does in many ways. He was my only sibling. We were very different but still very close, and I miss him every single day.
What makes you nervous about having your portrait taken?
I have had body image issues since childhood. I've been fat since age two; I still struggle owning the word "fat." On top of worries about my weight, I'm also at the age where it's hard not to worry about "looking old." I'm starting to develop what they call marionette lines on my face. I have a very difficult time seeing photos of myself without thinking about how big I look, or how old, and showing that to others is definitely difficult.
Can I share some of your images?
Sure! Just maybe... not TOO much boob and skin on social media? hahahahaha
What do you love doing that makes you feel kick ass?
Theatre and lifting weights. I write plays and do a lot with local group The Manhattan Project Cleveland, which always provides me with fun, creative, new experiences. Also, I just hit a personal leg press record of 400 pounds! (And yes, I go to the gym regularly and I'm still fat, hahahahaha. Bodies aren't algebra equations!)
What inspired your portraits?
My photographer! But no, seriously, I liked being "directed" like a model or actor in the shots, because my perspective of myself and my appearance are clearly different than others'. It's really awesome to be able to see me how other people see me; it's not often that you get that opportunity.