Living in between! By Katrina Hadden, Life Coach, Body Image specialist, Professional Model

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart”
 During the holiday season we take the time to reflect upon the year and to give thanks and gratitude to our loved ones. I want to share this story with you as I struggled with an eating disorder for many years and have been a proud volunteer and mentor with Hopewell. Today I write about a special achievement and experience in hopes that it will offer encouragement and support !
 This year was a very memorable year especially October 20th, 2011. I was asked to walk down the catwalk in Toronto Fashion Week as a size 12 modeI, something you never see, as the standard model is a size 0-4. I wish I could express in words how truly honoured I was and not only that but proud to represent a diverse unique figure. It was very difficult to keep a straight face as I strutted down the runway in my 4 inch heels because I received rounds of applause from the audience – a rare occurrence in the fashion world! I hope to see more designers adding diversity on the runway and in their clothing line as the response has been overwhelming and so positive!
 I have been a model and actress for over ten years and have always considered myself to be an “in between” size, neither a petite, nor a plus. While it was incredibly challenging in the modelling industry,  I knew if I continued pursuing my passion, I would fall into the right place.  After years of trying to mould my body to what the fashion industry standards were, I decided to take control of my health and embrace what I’ve been given.  Sometimes there are moments when you doubt yourself or you feel overwhelmed by the pressures of fitting in or being accepted.  You look in the mirror and see imperfections or you compare yourself to others.  I feel confident in my ability to work with young women, men teens  and people from all walks of life who were or are currently battling with self esteem and body image issues because I hold the ability to truly empathize with them. I help young women and men and show them that regardless of the standards that are set, if you carry an attitude of positive energy and grace any BODY can reach their dreams.
I encourage you to embrace your curves, embrace your unique beauty because there is only one of YOU and dreams do come true!
Happy Holidays and wishing all of you health, love and happiness for 2012!
Love Katrina

Katrina posing with designer Sunny Fong, VAWK


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