Q&A With #NeonMoonCelebrateYou Model, Robyn
Posted on 11 February 2016
We sat down with our incredible #NeonMoonCelebrateYou model, Robyn. She opens up about her journey of body positivity, and life after Neon Moon's video campaign. It's a real tear jerker that left our team so emotional! Have a read of our amazing Q&A below! Trigger warning: self-harm and scars
1. What made you want to be involved with Neon Moon?
After checking out the website I just really felt like the women in the photos looked really happy and content with themselves, it looked infectious and I wanted to be involved too! I’ve always been quite confident with my body even when I’ve been a bit plump, but before Christmas last year I tried to take my own life which gave me a lot of self-inflicted scars, they really changed the previously body positive attitude I’d always had and I thought being involved with Neon Moon might be the opportunity to change this.
2. Who has influenced you most throughout your life?
It’s kind of a cliche, but my parents. My dad has suffered with his health more severely than anyone else I know; he once died for the best part of half an hour, he’s lost a sixth of his brain, had two severe strokes and his heart valve replaced with a metal one but he still gets on with his life the best he can. As someone who now has several physical illnesses he makes me think I can still do anything if I put my mind to it! The first time he fell ill I saved his life, I was only eight but I think it’s left us with the most unbreakable bond. And my mum is the fiercest women I have ever met, she is clever and resourceful in ways I could never be and has managed to keep our family together, alive and happy, despite the odds.
3. What has been your hardest struggle to overcome?
I have three invisible physical illnesses as well as a life-long battle with OCD and depression, so it’s always been quite a challenge for me to try to live the most normal life I can, especially when I don’t look ill on the outside. It never gets easier but I’ve learnt to try to keep adapting as best as I can.
4. When have you been the most proud of yourself?
Before the Neon Moon shoot I hadn’t worn short sleeves at all since my suicide attempt because I felt so ashamed of my scars, but afterwards I felt so liberated that I went home to change into a sleeveless dress that I’d wanted to wear for ages. That night I was out with all my friends and I was so happy, I literally couldn’t stop smiling. When I could see people staring at my scars I no longer felt ashamed, now they remind me of what a strong, unbreakable person I am. A week or so later and I’m still wearing whatever I want and it feels amazing!
5. If you could give one piece of advice to women all over the world, what would it be?
That you don’t have to conform to one type of beauty and even though it can be a struggle, to try and love your body whatever it looks like. Every woman is worth more than just what they look like; the way you conduct yourself, your intellect or any other unseen aspect of yourself is much more important.
6. What does Neon Moon's campaign #NeonMoonCelebrateYou mean to you?
Celebrating the parts of yourself that you love is so important but also trying to love the parts of you that you don’t. Also, not trying to look like other people, just being yourself and trying to be happy with what you see.
What do you think of our #NeonMoonCelebrateYou campaign? Let us know your thoughts on Robyn's Q&A below!