Poppycock June/July 2014 - Page 13

her undergrad is in psychology and gender with the eventual goal to go in to counseling and human sexuality. “For a long time I had an eating disorder and was really small. When I decided to come out on the other side of that, I was really tired of trying to make myself as small as possible. So, I felt that the way to connect with my body was to try and make it as strong as possible. That’s my way of taking control over my body. It’s a way for me to have a positive connection with my body instead of a negative one.” I asked her about what she gets out of being painted. When you think about it, she stands around about as nude as you can be without being naked for sometimes eight hours with nothing to do but stand still and keep from fainting. “Matt can tell you that my body has completely changed of the four years of us painting together. When he met me I was very skinny. I just have a very different body now. I have been doing yoga for a long time, personal training sometimes, too. I have really been trying to take control of my body and I like body stuff. There are certainly things, even doing this [being painted], that aren’t perfect on my body I don’t really like, but I am working on making myself as functional as