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International Women's Day Women We Love: Joanna Kenny.

Happy International Women's Day everyone! As a female founded business, we are passionate about celebrating all kinds of incredible women - from the ones we know, to the one's we want to know, women are amazing, powerful people who deserve to be championed.

This year's IWD theme is #breakthebias, which is designed to shine a light on the inequalities faced by women in a patriarchal society. We've decided to focus on how it should be enough for women to  show up as their truth selves; how you should always be UNAPOLOGETICALLY YOURSELF.

To celebrate this day/month of female empowerment, we are relaunching our Women We Love interview series with some incredible women who inspire us online. These  creators place authenticity and confidence at the top of their agenda when it comes to their content, and that's why we think they are just incredible.

We are kicking off our series with the amazing Joanna Kenny. Joanna is a body and skin positive content creator who challenges the many unrealistic beauty standards faced by women across the globe. Her honest, no filter approach to showing the world what it can be like to be a woman is just one of the many reasons why Joanna is a complete inspiration to us. 

We had the privilege of chatting to Joanna about how being unapologetically  yourself and what inspires her to be the best version of herself.

Hey honey! In light of International Women’s Day, we’re here to celebrate all things women. We believe that being unapologetically yourself is a fundamental part of being a woman - what parts of yourself do you LOVE?

It has to be my determination. When I look back at every challenge I’ve faced and how broken I’ve felt along the way, I’m in love with the part of me that keeps fighting for what I know I deserve.

Self acceptance is not always an easy thing to achieve. How do you overcome imposter syndrome when it comes to believing in yourself?

This is undoubtedly the hardest part and something I have to work on daily. Self acceptance is the gateway to loving and respecting yourself. But imposter syndrome is REAL, so I have to frequently remind myself that those negative thoughts I have are not my own. Quite often it’s a consequence of scrolling through social media or societal pressures that fuel them.

If you don’t mind sharing, what personal obstacle have you had to overcome along your journey of self acceptance?

A few years ago I realised how powerful “self talk” was. I’d struggled with severe acne for fifteen years despite being a skincare professional. Now I truly believe self loathing prevented me from making healthy choices for my skin. It wasn’t until I became my own biggest cheerleader that I realised I was already everything I needed. “Your body hears everything your mind says.”

Surrounding yourself with positive figures is key to believing in yourself - which incredible women inspire you everyday and why?

Finding a support network was a big part of my journey to self acceptance. I didn’t have any empowering female role models as a child which I think is largely why I started my Instagram account - creating the content I needed to see growing up. Since finding the body and skin positive communities on social media, I’m inspired daily by my incredible followers who are challenging themselves and society to redefine beauty standards.

What is your top piece of advice for other women on how to be unapologetically themselves?

Just start showing up because it really is the hardest part. When I first stopped concealing my acne, I was terrified to leave the house. The fear of judgment was overwhelming but every day it got easier. And after a month I didn’t even think about how hard it used to be for me to take that step. I remember being half way on my journey to work one morning when I realised it was my new normal. I can’t even begin to describe how liberating that felt. It was SUCH an incredible feeling I wanted to feel like it again and again. So I started thinking about what other parts of myself I was insecure about - all things that I had previously said “I could NEVER show to the world” but because I’d already done it once I knew I could do it again. So “no matter how you’re feeling get up, dress up, show up and never give up”. (Regina Brett)

Thank you so much for chatting to us, Joanna! Make sure to give Joanna a follow over on Instagram: @joannajkenny.