Someone once described style as our bodies being blank canvases where we have the choice to a make personal statement to the outside world. It's such a creative and true statement and I absolutely love it. As diverse as America is, it's shocking just how much people are repulsed by anything that's different. I realized that in middle school and high school. The kid who is a little bit slower (or faster) than everyone else is treated differently. The girl who likes 50's music and chooses not to wear the latest trends is looked at differently. I came to realize that even though this country is a melting pot we as a whole in many ways thrive off of conformity.
I've always felt different - mostly in awkward way. I never was really into the latest trends, music, or hobbies as others. There are plenty of things that I wish I could go back and tell my younger self. The biggest and most important of lesson of all would be that's different is okay. Different is not wrong. It's actually good and it's the one thing that separates you from the others who choose to take the easy route and conform.Keep pushing the envelope in all areas of life because things are much more interesting that way.
If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness, and, therefore, your excellence.
Photography by Christianna Traynor