Possible womxn 4/12 J’Anna – lost over 100lbs & has a double mastectomy
This incredible womxn is J’Anna. She is a single mom to the cutest little daughter and also is a Weight Watchers ambassador! J’Anna has been helping inspire thousands of womxn who are going through the same struggles she is. She definitely has been receiving the love on social media, and so have I, on her boudoir photos! She is continuing to inspire those who she already inspires, even more! <— That’s incredible and girlfriend, I hope you know how loved and supported you are by this incredible group of people! THEY FLIPPIN LOVE YOU. Keep doing you boo boo, cause you inspire all over the place <3
I initially asked J’Anna how she felt when walking into her session to now. At the studio there is this lovely building directly across from us with 9-5 workers all at their desks. Every time I have a session at the studio I like to say to my clients that the workers in the other building just get a little show every now and then 😉
“When I walked in I felt 100% different than I do now, and the window, whooooa! I loved that I was terrified of the people in the building over, and now I think that they’re my fans!”-J’Anna
Before J’Anna decided to got a preventative double mastectomy, she used to be a bigger womxn. She was unhappy in her skin, wasn’t living her life and to top it all off, was with someone who was cheating on her. She even told me that for the entirety of their relationship, 8 years, she never, not once showed him her belly, the area she is most self conscious about. Having a partner who didn’t encourage her to show off and love her own body was difficult for J’Anna, of course.
“I want someone who will grab my stomach and say “you are sexy.” Which I have and it’s a good feeling.” -J’Anna
Shortly before leaving her ex, J’Anna started to hit it hard with her weight loss journey. It took three years for J’Anna to lose over 100lbs and once she hit that mark, she felt like an entirely new person.
“As the weight was coming off I was starting to find my confidence.” -J’Anna
“I feel amazing at such a weird stage in my life.”-J’Anna
She joined Weight Watchers and after losing the weight and being a member for 3 years, they asked her to be an ambassador for WW! There are only 100 ambassadors in the entire country and she officially is on one of the WW commercial’s with Oprah! No, she did not meet Oprah, but the girl’s in a damn commercial with her! They elected her an ambassador, rightfully, due to how open and honest she has been about her weight loss journey. AKA, she inspires so many people and they recognized that and decided to promote her to use her platform to encourage and inspire others on a similar journey.
“It’s the craziest feeling to get messages from people telling me that I inspire them so much. I got so many messages the other day when I started talking about the photoshoot, they loved it! One lady even said me ‘thank you for reminding me that I do have confidence, I just need to find it.'”-J’Anna
I asked her what it’s like to have people tell them you inspire them daily. I relayed to her my own experience with so many incredible humans who message me telling me that I inspired them to love their own bodies more daily. Side bar– this is a HUGE thing. Like majorly huge. It’s wonderful to get compliments from friends, family and loved ones that you are inspiring, talented, etc. etc. For people like myself and J’Anna, who just put themselves and their art out there for the world to see is a scary thing. But to have daily messages of how you are inspiring and changing peoples lives behind a phone screen, it’s quite incredible. There’s no real way to describe it, it’s kind of a weird and surreal feeling at times. J’Anna puts it perfectly right here…
“I inspire you?! I just ate an entire bag of Doritos and I inspire you?!”-J’Anna
She realizes that she does inspire so many people because of that bag of Doritos. She discloses and shows all her followers everything, even that she just ate a bag of Doritos. In fact, after her session she went out for some fast food and bought herself a burger and showed that shit all over her instagram. She inspires because she is keeping it REAL. You can eat a burger or a bag or Doritos and she shows everyone that it’s okay to indulge, because it is!
“Do what makes you feel good and that’s all that matters.”-J’Anna
She went on to say that she still finds it crazy that people find her inspiring. She goes, “I mean, I’m 29, live with my momma and I’m just trying to do life.” She then goes on to say, “And because of you, I finally showed everyone my belly hang!” *We both paused to clap* This womxn, who was so ready to bloom and was ready for her Impossible Boudoir session said to herself, fuck it, and posted a photo of her belly hang on her instagram to all her thousands of followers. Now if you, yes you reading this, can applause at your desk, please do so. Cheer for the womxn who was so afraid to show her own stomach to everyone for most of her life and especially to the person she shared a romantic life with for 8 years. And then just like that, one day before her session, she shared her belly hang. In that moment she released herself. I’d like to think she released herself even before seeing me for her session, which is inspiring as all hell. Sometimes the hardest but most rewarding thing to do is just to love and accept ourselves for who we are and what we look like.
“She can still have a tummy and be yummy.”-J’Anna
I asked J’Anna how others had made her feel about her body growing up. Pretty much “shitty” she says. The first person who came to her mind was her Mom. Growing up hearing little comments here and there, didn’t encourage J’Anna too much when it came to loving her own body. I’ll raise my hand in this category here, sorry Mom. J’Anna loves her mother to death, as do I, but she plans to pass on different lessons and words of love and encouragement to her own daughter.
“Growing up I don’t think I ever heard my Mom tell me that I was beautiful.”-J’Anna