We’d like to introduce Sonya Belkin to you today.
Sonya, share your story with us, please. How have you reached where you are today?
At age 14, the trouble began; my body problems and dysmorphia kicked in, and I stopped eating, followed by bulimia bouts. At 19, I was first diagnosed with extreme depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, drugs were prescribed, and my journey towards self-love and acceptance began. I’m grateful for my mental health problems somehow, oddly enough, because they checked, and subsequently improved.
I wanted to model all the time. However, I never fit into the niche of the 80s and 90s Supermodels. I managed to persevere. Everyone is different, and the list is long, and clothes, cosmetics, lingerie, shoes, makeup, haircare, should not only be made open to one form of the body. Plus-size models and actors are now everywhere, in every media handle, in every platform, and I welcome this newfound, more universal acceptance and message that, whatever our size, we are all simply fabulous.
I started reaching out and went out to the local photographers and did that darn thing! My social media is growing, but more importantly, so is my level of trust! And that is the secret, as far as I’m concerned.
Is it a smooth road?
A smooth road is a quaint picture, but it’s not always that life is… I have waves of self-doubt and self-deprecation that contribute to extreme anxiety, sweaty palms, shabang as a whole. Often, when I feel like I don’t have the right to be out there, visible in the world, I don’t want to leave the house. I’m just perfect, I’m a kind, gifted, responsive person, and I’m deserving of love. If I could say one thing to my twenty-year-old self, it would be to embrace what’s inside and outside of me, and make it amazing. The more I relax and control the outrageous obsessive thoughts, the more I give off an aura of trust, the more trust I have, the more work I get in modeling.
Please tell us all about your career, what you are working on, and what you are most proud of.
I am a plus-size freelance model. I highlight full-figured fashion, glamour, and the illusion that you can do something with your own body. It isn’t easy sometimes, but I keep going. I like to think that I better the lives of people just like they improve mine. If I can come across in an image as a powerful and articulate woman of a larger size, I’m happy! This is because I am strong and intelligent, and I want to illustrate to women of the greater size that they can do everything that a straight woman can do.
Do you feel like there was something that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life from the experiences you had been growing up?
It was not an entirely fun childhood. The strain on my shoulders to look fine, be slim, sit up straight, eat less than my male counterparts, however, really made me try to end those processes of thinking and build my own. I have developed a personal book of rules of behavior that do not include feeling shame or humiliation for my physique and eating habits in doing so. I live, essentially, and so I succeed!
Model Commercials Plus! Are They Making You Depressed?
In addition to standard press templates, we have one more attempted attack against Arizona State College. I ran through an ASU investigation where Naomi Mandel, a partner teacher at the W. P. Carey Institute of Business and her associates at ASU, estimated a correlation between model sizes in ads and the confidence of consumers who see them. They closed off from the repercussions of many female understudies unwittingly engaged in this review “We assume that by using weighty models in their ads, it is difficult for multiple brands to gain a portion of the overall industry,” Mandel said.
Wallpaper of Sonya Belkin