"It's been a journey to love myself. Growing up, I had body confidence issues not really so much because of size, but my skin color. I had trouble recognizing that the depth of my skin tone is really beautiful because whenever people referred to a beautiful black-skinned woman, you'd see Beyoncé and Rihanna. So, you'd do harmful things to try and get to that color, like skin bleaching. I once tried those whitening soaps."
On Body Shaming:
"One misconception I think is wrong is that being a larger size means, somehow, that you're neglecting your body, or you don't look after yourself, or you don't love yourself enough to lose weight. We've been saturated with the idea that to be happy you must be thin, or to be healthy you must be thin."
"Modeling helped me find my self-confidence. People often assume that modeling is super competitive and bitchy and mean, but I think modeling helped me find true love in myself because it helped me find my own individuality and helped me celebrate the things that set me apart from everyone else."