Q&A With #NeonMoonCelebrateYou Model, Rebecca
Posted on 09 March 2016
Having so many Neon Moon models involved, every one has had a different story and the same applies for the amazing Rebecca. Shot by Yasmin Benamar, Rebecca's amazing body positivity, post a life of mental health issues, has enabled her to eloquently shine a light on how society is tough on women and shouldn't be. Have a read of her amazing feminist views below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section!
1. What made you want to be involved with Neon Moon?
One of the biggest reasons I wanted to work with Neon Moon is the general approach to the industry and its mix of feminist activism. It’s extremely empowering to have a label whose primary goal is to go against what’s expected of women, and to think more along the lines of what’s practical for them.
2. Who has influenced you most throughout your life?
Almost every woman I’ve come across has been an inspiration to me and influenced me to be the person I am today. Both my mum and my friends have had the biggest impact on me, as through them I’ve learned what true strength means in being a young woman.
3. What has been your hardest struggle to overcome?
One of the hardest things I’ve overcome is my mental health and how the people I’ve met have played into it. Since I was ten I’ve suffered with hallucinations, and during the worst parts of it I realised I was surrounding myself with people who mirrored the negative things my voices were telling me. Eight years later I’m happy to say I’ve come to terms with my health, and even found ways to use it to my advantage with my art, which has allowed me to meet extraordinary people who love and care for me.
4. When have you been the most proud of yourself?
I’m most proud of myself when I’m able to inspire others and to reach out to those in need. Knowing I’m making someone smile or helping them feel a little more confident in themselves is one of the most rewarding feelings.
5. If you could give one piece of advice to women all over the world, what would it be?
One piece of advice I’d give to women is to be kind to those around you, especially your fellow sisters. In a world where women, especially young girls, are force-fed this idea that every girl you meet is catty and in competition with you, it becomes rebellious to love and support each other. Women have a connection unlike any other, so uplift your sisters, and we’ll be able to create and become better together.
6. What does Neon Moon's campaign #NeonMoonCelebrateYou mean to you?
The campaign means so much to me, as with everyone I have an extremely mixed relationship with my body. I have a lot of scars from different things, as well as jiggly bits that aren’t really appreciated or shown unless it’s in an “other” category. Normalising these things that are usually seen as imperfections is making a huge statement of self love, which isn’t shown in a lot of mainstream media.
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