The PRESSURE to be “perfect” : a concept that is never really welcome but always seems to show face nonetheless.
Reebok’s campaign #PERFECTNEVER really hit home for me. Whether it be in my personal relationships, in the studio, on social media, or on set, it’s easy to fall into the habit of comparing myself to someone “better”. As a professional dancer, I have heard the word “NO” too many times. I have been told I’m too “this” or not enough “that” over and over again. I’ve questioned my physical attributes, my talent, and my overall being from the social pressure of not feeling “perfect enough”. It’s a lot. It’s too much!
You get called into an audition, grab a number, and are asked to stand there alongside 600 other girls. It doesn’t matter if you’re kind, smart, or talented. All of a sudden, you find yourself getting dissected on what your body looks like, what you chose to wear, and how you chose to do your hair and makeup that day.
Let’s cut the bullsh$t! What does “perfect” even mean?! We are all unique and that’s what’s so special! If there is one thing I have learned in my fifteen years of working as a professional dancer, it’s the importance of SELF-WORTH. I had to quickly readjust my way of thinking and realize that it’s not about pleasing “them” - it’s about LOVING ALL OF ME, just as I am. By adapting a #PerfectNever attitude, I instantly feel the shift. I am unapologetically embracing who I am and that is attracting more BLISS into my life than I could ever imagine.
Thanks to Reebok, I got to spend my NYC getaway in a room filled with empowered women. My beautiful friend Michèle Barmash put together an incredible event where strong females from all different backgrounds with individual paths united for a great cause. We boxed, we danced, we laughed, we shared, and we connected. I was so inspired by the honest conversations that took place between Gigi Hadid, Lena Dunham, Ruby Rose, Alyra Isman, and Zoe Kravitz. They opened their hearts and shared their struggles. This panel was vulnerable, relatable, and filled with love.
The #PERFECTNEVER campaign has made me even more aware of how in control I am when it comes to RELEASING that pressure I put on myself. I’m thrilled to be real. I’m thrilled to be imperfect. I’m thrilled to be ME.