A few years back I had an old friend comment on an Instagram post and call me out on never having any older models on my feed. She was commenting that older women get married, too- and there is a massive under-representation in the bridal world of brides who aren't young, thin, white, and blonde. Her comment stung when I read it, initially, because deep down I knew she was right- I had a major beauty bias and it showed through the pictures that were represented on my Instagram.
I realized I needed to do some soul searching on why I only showed young, thin, white models. I realized I grew up in a culture that praised those traits as the ultimate beauty. I was caught up in a world that told me that if you have an extra roll or an extra wrinkle, to hide it and get rid of it.
When I started this new business I really wanted to change that. I was (and am still) embarrassed for the lack of diversity I show in my work- and I know this isn't just my problem. It is the whole editorial/fashion/Instagram world at large. That is what inspired this shoot I put together with Sarah Bradshaw. Just a simple test shoot, but it reminded me that beauty is so much more than what we see in magazines. All of us who are in the editorial world of creating content and imagery have a responsibility to represent different cultures, ages, sizes- to normalize beauty as being found within our differences. It will help remind us all that beauty, although exists physically, is more a celebration of our differences.