Q&A With #NeonMoonModel Grace!

Age: 25
Sexuality: Bisexual
Gender: Cis female

What made you want to be involved with Neon Moon?
I had followed the brand for some time on social media before they posted on their Instagram page reaching out for anyone who wanted to be a model for them; actually it was my lovely friend Gretel who forwarded the post to me as it hadn’t appeared on my news feed (thx, Instagram algorithms) saying it made her think of me. I believe the applications closed that night at midnight, and I managed to get mine in with 20 minutes to spare! I love Neon Moon, because they are for everyone. Their Insta grid and website are such positive places for women of all shapes and sizes, and their products are so comfy and well-made while also being sexy af
Who has influenced you most throughout your life?
The obvious response to this is my mum. She’s never held me back from doing anything I’ve wanted to. Her chilled vibes and creative soul have definitely helped me grow into the person I am, and always aspired to be.
I have had strong influences from other brilliant women throughout my life - my badass female Drama teachers at school and college were always pushing me to break out of my carefully constructed comfort zone and telling me I could really achieve anything I set my mind to (whether that was getting parts in plays, writing bestselling books - or standing up to bullies who called me fat and teased me for loving the library).
I have also made friends with a lot of authors, from being involved in the publishing/book blogging world, all of whom delight me with their stories and show me dreams can come true - and not to dwell on rejection.
What has been your hardest struggle to overcome? 
I have been through some horrendous experiences in the past 4 years, involving illness and major operations, which have led to drastic physical changes and mental health issues. I have been healing inside and out constantly for what feels like forever, which has led to me forming a healthier and more positive relationship with my body, but also achieving a much better perspective of the world and how we live in it.
When have you been the most proud of yourself? 
 Every time I’ve been told I need surgery, and I’ve handled it. Every time I’ve come out of the operating theatre - and then in the days after, every time I’ve sat up in my hospital bed or even walked down the ward to the bathroom. And every time I’m recognised for who I am and what I do.
If you could give one piece of advice to women all over the world, what would it be? 
 The only person who will live with you forever, is you. So your opinion of and relationship with yourself must always take priority.
What was the highlight of the photoshoot?
 Meeting the other gorgeous women modelling; feeling the immense positivity in the air...and developing friend crushes on every single one of them! I also loved how kind and creative the photographers were, and felt really special while having my makeup done. Oh, and being able to choose the music played while doing my individual shoot (Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ gave me the exact energy and sass levels I needed!).

We believe that the most important opinion of your body is your own. If the mainstream doesn’t think you’re fabulous, fuck em’.

Hayat - CEO & Founder, Neon Moon