"I think we are brave, in ways, to be naked, but to write about it, to expose our inner selves, scares me the most."


You see me nude in these photographs, but do not mistake it for 100% vulnerability, for you see, I am not ready to be that person to the world, and I have hid behind my music.


I love how I have this armour, this musical identity, that even nudity and fear cannot take away from me. You can take everything I love away in the outside world, and music will still be there. 


I have trained for more than half of my life to be a musician, but it is more than that for me. My music has taught me how to accept my emotions, and to learn how to control these emotions, and to transform them into music and lyrics, and then present them to people. Music has given me a safe place to explore myself, and to hide and understand and breathe. Now I help other people do this through their music.


"Music has given me a safe place to explore myself, and to hide and understand and breathe."


I think about clothes as armour too, and makeup as armour, which I chose to wear for the photoshoot. These things are armour against a body I do not really feel connected with right now. 


The thing I like most about this project, is the ability to take off a "layer" of armour, in a safe and accepting place, and to see what this layer of vulnerability feels like. This kind of acceptance encourages me to try taking off other layers, and I think with each positive experience, we get closer to being who we really are, deep down, and being ok with that. 


I can genuinely only see everything good with a chance to be fully accepted for who you are in allowing yourself to be in this vulnerable position. There was no right or wrong way to pose, and the point was that this was a new experience for me, and that it was ok for me to be figuring out what it meant to me along the way. 


Even with the write up it was difficult to be vulnerable. I had to become, I think, even more vulnerable to write this, than to take the pictures. I think we are brave, in ways, to be naked, but to write about it, to expose our inner selves, scares me the most.









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