Q&A With #NeonMoonModel Jess!

Age: 23
Sexuality: Bisexual
Gender: Female

What made you want to be involved with Neon Moon?

I wanted to be involved with Neon Moon because I think it’s hugely important to fill the media with images of diversity, in particular, diverse women. The media is education and we are bombarded with ridiculous ideals of the ‘ideal woman’ or ‘ideal body’. We need to learn to love each other, ourselves and our uniqueness. To me, Neon Moon supports the liberation of women in the media and disrupts the norm that there is a way women should look and change what is commonly seen as ‘desirable’. Look, be and exist as you like!

Who has influenced you most throughout your life?
My Mum has taught me to love and appreciate myself and my body. From a young age, she has taught me that there is no such thing as the ‘perfect’ body type or ‘perfect woman’. I remember her telling me when I was about ten years old to only wear things for myself and not for the boys at school! Legend!

What has been your hardest struggle to overcome? 

Breaking my leg playing rugby last year, I found it very difficult to feel happy and confident within myself and my body given that I wasn’t able to exercise or play sport for around 9 months. My body changed a lot and I felt very insecure about it. Through the support of the rugby team, my family and wonderful partner, I began to feel more confident within myself.

When have you been the proudest of yourself? 

I think some of my proudest moments are when I felt as though I’d performed well when on the rugby pitch. It’s great to know that being a size 12-14 you can be athletic (despite common misconceptions) and help your team smash it!

If you could give one piece of advice to women all over the world, what would it be? 

YOU decide what feels/ ‘looks’ sexy, no one else.

What was the highlight of the Photoshoot?

Meeting and working with a group of strong, fun and beautiful women!