PLUS MODEL MAGAZINE August Denim Issue - Page 125

You mentioned that you recently were diagnosed with MS. How did you find out and how has this affected your career? After over a decade of mystery seizures, blindness, nausea, vomiting and intense pain, I was diagnosed earlier this year with both MS and a rare spinal fluid pressure disorder. After that I went through a very dark period but I now have clarity and focus. I was put on this earth with a broken body to help others love theirs. I’ve had bad health problems my whole life, so in a sense being restricted is part for the course for me but I was always able to make a go of it. For example I’ve had seizures on stage (I’m also an opera singer) but kept performing, as the show must go on. But these past 6 months I took a break from both singing and modeling to get my health in order, which was devastating but necessary. Now I’m back, baby! Where do you see yourself in the next year? I want to find a way to use my experiences to bring more awareness to body love and health (especially for chronic illness sufferers). I want to continue to get high quality paying work with fabulous colleagues and find people willing to accommodate me with my physical restrictions. The sky is the limit!