Remain Humble, But Let These Motherfuckers Know

People try to "dumb you down" when they feel inferior with themselves.  I have struggled with body issues my whole life.  At 16 I was told I needed to "work on my body" and needed a nose job.  Campaigns and print jobs later, I'm the same person; with the same insecurities.  A billboard doesn't change anything.  What changes is your outlook.  I love the negative feedback I receive.  I feed off it.  It doesn't define me, it makes me want to strive do better...and prove them wrong.  If you think I'm too thin, you don't see me working out 6 days a week.  If you think I'm dumb, you don't know the books I read.  If you think I don't have a voice, why the fuck are you reading my blog?  With social media, it's an easy platform for people to criticize behind the anonymity of their computer.  I accepted that.  I have a public Instagram, I sign model releases for all my photo shoots, and I have this blog.  I know what comes from that "territory".  I opened my life to it all.  ...But at the end of the day, I am only human.  Naturally, we forget the complements we receive, but remember the criticism.  I'm a work in progress.  At the end of the day I am true to myself, and really that's all that matters.