Interview with Jessica Smith

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Today we are SO delighted to share an insightful interview with our incredible #GuruToWatch, Jessica Smith.

Jess is on a mission to tackle body image issues around the world & she is starting this inspiring journey with a campaign which is really making people STOP & take notice. It’s called ‘Join the Revolution’ and we here at Team DG are totally on board!  Which is why we were so excited to finally sit down with Jess and ask our note book full of questions!

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The best part of my job is…

Having the opportunity to meet and connect with people from all over the world. As a motivational speaker and youth mentor I feel privileged every time I am given the chance to share my story with others, and there is nothing better than receiving positive feedback from people.

I chose to enter this field of work because…

I am so determined to bring about more awareness when it comes to the seriousness of Body Image and Eating Disorders, in an attempt to reduce the number of people who experience body dissatisfaction. I have a vested interest in this as I have struggled with negative body image my entire life, born missing my left arm then as a toddler suffering third degree burns to 15% of my body. I grew up looking different, and in a society where it seems appearance is valued above everything else, I really struggled to accept myself and my body. I developed an eating disorder at the age of 14 which I battled with for over a decade. I’m now in recovery and I feel that I have a responsibility to be a voice for others who are struggling with negative body image and eating disorders. There is still such a negative stigma associated with these issues, which only amplifies the feelings of guilt and shame that people can experience. So I want to do whatever I can to help bring more awareness to the issue and encourage people to communicate more by simply starting the conversation.

The greatest challenge in my career has been…

Learning not to take things too personally! It took me a while to appreciate that not everyone has the same level of passion as I do when it comes to promoting positive body image.

The funniest misconceptions about my industry/company/brand are…

People’s perceptions before they meet me.

The most influential person in my career has been…

My family and my fiancé. I rely on their honesty in order to keep me grounded and focussed! It’s the little things they do or say that have the most profound impact on me.

If I could give one piece of advice to my 18-year-old self, it would be…

Be kinder to your body and appreciate its functionality rather than its appearance.

And, manage your expectations!

My greatest achievement has been…

Representing Australia at the 2004 Athens Paralympics. There is nothing more incredible than wearing the Green & Gold and representing your country.

The greatest personal challenge I have overcome is…

Recovering from Bulimia, Anorexia and Depression. My recovery journey has been both terrifying and liberating. It was and is the hardest thing I’ve ever embarked on both physically and emotionally, but also the most rewarding.

I don’t understand why…

David Beckham hasn’t replied to my tweets or Instagram comments…I figure he’s just really busy.

I try to relax by…

Doing Yoga.

My biggest fear is…

Becoming complacent.

I can’t live without…

Coffee!

The greatest lesson I have learnt is…

As cliché as it may sound; don’t sweat the small the stuff!

If I had one super power, it would be…

The ability to fly.

If I could invite four people to a dinner party, they’d be…

Hugh Jackman, Angelina Jolie, David and Victoria Beckham…and my fiancé of course!

 

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