Fast Five With Zoe Hoad On Self-Love
Our #bodyharmoni campaign is just getting started but we’re thrilled to have gained the support of some lovely young ladies and this week Zoe Hoad has taken some time out of her busy schedule to address the hot topics of self-love and self-esteem in a Fast Five with us.
Zoe Hoad celebrated her 21st birthday on the weekend and boy does she look gorgeous! A quick look at her Instagram with over 50K followers and you might think she’s one of those gorgeous Insta girls who always shows off her best self, but there’s a lot more to this newly turned 21 model and actress, just read some her witty captions! They make us like her even better than her photos do.
Luckily for us, body image and self-esteem are two areas she’s particularly passionate about so when she heard about our campaign she was quick to jump on board and answer some questions for us too. So we’re going to hand it over to Zoe to impart some of her words of wisdom and we hope you remember them the next time you might be feeling a little down on yourself!
1) What is the greatest challenge you have personally faced with learning to love your body and how did you overcome it?
My greatest challenge was realising you can’t change what you truly are. I had a blueprint for how I should look, a shape that I “should be”, I tried to fit a criteria created by a fragment of my imagination. An unachievable ideology. You can’t make a daffodil a rose… You are the perfect depiction of unique-beauty. It’s better to own your individuality rather than try to fit a stereotype of an existing “loveable” or “attractive” structure.
2) How do you think Social Media has changed the way we view ourselves?
I’m not an advocate for the way we have come to social media. It goes against our genetic structures and evolution. I would have loved to have been around when there was no such thing as a mirror let alone Photoshop and constant self analysis. But we have to utilise and accept the generation we’re in and be grateful for technology so far, because it is impressive! But it has manipulated us into thinking beauty and popularity is THE most important attribute in a person. It’s almost like “Mean Girls” on a global scale… We get to see into millions of people’s lives daily and forget that we’re important too. Social Media puts us in a state of constant comparative thinking and it can make us lose sight of our individuality and uniqueness (that is often admired by others) but we forget to appreciate our own traits in the process of being distracted by others. It’s almost like there’s so much beauty to be seen, we are spoiled for choice.
3) What’s your best advice for learning to love and accept yourself?
My best advice for loving yourself is to understand yourself. It took me a long time to realise I am different. I am not a part of a pack or a “team” (not that that would be bad if I was). I’m an individual and it’s okay to be alone in that… As long as I’m happy and I understand me I will never be knocked down by others words because I know myself, and I can therefore love myself undeniably.
4) What’s your top tip to pick yourself up when you’re having a bad day or feeling down on yourself?
I have built myself a handful of structured productive coping mechanisms or established processes (if you like) to fall back on. We all need these, but each to their own. Mine is creativity and physical movement. I either- sing, play piano or guitar, write, watch stand up comedy or Netflix, beach walk/ run/ gym/ F45, go for a drive and listen to a podcast. With these tools I’ve discovered a lot about myself and simultaneously grown in some way or another.
5) What would you say to someone who may be scrolling through their Instagram right now and suffering from feelings of inadequacy?
Emotions are just like weather. They come and they go, they’re high and they’re low… Do not stress about things you cannot change. You’re you, and you have your own path. Nobody can take that from you, you won’t be over shadowed by others if you do what you love and concentrate on who you are. Be generous with self-love. You’re your own worst critic. Don’t be jealous of others, don’t be doubtful of yourself, never underestimate the power and beauty of YOU.
Have you joined our #bodyharmoni movement yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Show us your favourite feature or body part on Instagram and tag us @harmoniskissx and #bodyharmoni. Share the self-love this Summer!