Daisy

1. If you wear makeup, why do you wear makeup and how often do you wear makeup?

I used to not leave the house without makeup, but after a lot of personal conditioning I am now more than happy to go anywhere without makeup. I find that I feel more confident when I wear makeup to go out, but I certainly feel more 'me' when I'm without. I would never judge someone for going bare, so why should I judge myself?

2. What made you want to participate in this portrait series?

I think raw and natural photographs are beautiful and show people the way they really are, without the facade. 

3. Is being completely makeup free something that makes you feel in any way uncomfortable?

Not at all - I used to have bad skin, so I had no confidence without makeup, but since my skin improved I have vowed to make the most of what I have.

4. Are there specific factors (positive or negative) that have influenced how you feel about how you look?

I try my best to see myself as others would see me, without being clouded by my own judgements. I have worked very hard to try and see myself as beautiful, or to at least not be bullied by my mind. My friend Leyah Shanks pioneered the 'Body Confidence Revolution' and the Facebook page and articles are very inspiring and help you to love yourself just the way you are. 

5. If there was one piece of advice for the future you could give your younger self, what would it be?

The same advice my mother gave me: Don't worry about what others think of you, you are an individual and any bad judgements are THEIR problem not yours. Also if people are like that, then they are not worth knowing, and if you don't care for them then why on earth would you care what they think of you?

6. When have you felt most empowered in your life?

When I have looked in the mirror and liked the person that looks back. It is not a constant win, and there are always bad days, but when this happens it is very empowering. Once you are happy with YOU, you can share your love with others instead of saving it for yourself. 

7. Is there a woman fictional or real that you admire? Why?

I don't have any specific one, but I would say my friends Delphine, Lily, and Katie, who are all very well rounded and hard working people - all influential in their own right, and I am lucky to have friends who I look up to.

8. What quality do you most admire in yourself?

My ability to speak my mind without fear of judgement, and the fact that I will always ask questions without any fear of sounding 'stupid', because how else do you learn and grow? I will always listen to others' views and realise when I am wrong. 

9. Is there an achievement you are particularly proud of? Why?

Moving to Edinburgh from Suffolk at 18 years old, on my own, to live and work without any help from my family (of my own volition).

10. In daily life what are the pressures you feel most exposed to specifically as a woman?

I hate it when people leer. It makes me feel very vulnerable and uncomfortable, when people 'touch you' all over with their gaze. I respond with very angry stares, and perhaps a grimace, which I also don't like because that it not me.