In honour of International Women's Day, we asked friends of the POPSUGAR Australia family to share what International Women's Day means to them. Read all our stories, celebrating F*cking Awesome Females and continue to spread our message of empowerment and equality not just on March 8, but every day.
What I love most about what I do is my ability to inspire young girls to follow their dreams, whatever they may be. Because I was that young girl once upon a time, I have always dreamt of becoming a model. I often have people asking me, did I ever have a 'Plan B' and the answer to that is no because I knew in my heart and soul, all I wanted to do as a career was model. As I navigated my way through the industry, learning from my mistakes and enjoying success, I never thought in a million years I would actually become a role model for girls. This makes my job that extra bit special. I'm not only working in my dream job but I'm also inspiring others, which makes me extremely happy and content.
I feel like nowadays with the explosion of social media it can be easy for young girls including myself to get swept up and affected by all the beautiful images that present themselves online. When you are constantly looking at girls with the picture-perfect life, body and career, envy creeps in which can make you feel bad and not worthy enough. I think this is really sad because images should not be used to define the way you feel, or who you are. We also need to remember that some people only show the best parts of their life online and everyone has their own struggles in life that can remain hidden. We always need to remember to be the best version of yourself, personally, it has taken me a number of years to understand this and now that I do and am that little bit older, I love how I can share my life experiences with young girls. So on reflection, and on International Women's Day, I am not only proud to be a model, I am even more proud, and honoured to be a role model.