It’s time women banded together and instead of shaming one an other and creating an environment where insecurities thrive, we should be working towards promoting positivity. It’s tough being female, and women should be working on build one another up instead of tearing each other down. Meagan Kerr is a fashion and body positive blogger, and is most certainly leading the charge in encouraging women to love themselves.
I totally had a fangirl moment when Meagan agreed to be the next inspiring person for a quick Q&A.
Current location: Auckland
Home town: Gisborne
Day job: Style Blogger
- 2014 was the year of your Fat Girls Shouldn’t Wear Stripes project? What does 2015 have in store I started FGSWS in 2013 as part of my final project for my Design and Visual Arts degree. I’m happy to say that I will be continuing it in 2015 and will be announcing shoot dates in Auckland, Rotorua and Palmerston North shortly. I’m also going to be having a stronger focus on self love and body positivity on my blog this year.
- Your blog focuses on “body positive” and “self love” why is this so important?
I think that whatever you’re doing with your life, it’s really important to love and believe in yourself – no matter what your size, shape, age, race or background. I spent a long time thinking that because I am fat, I didn’t deserve certain things in my life, like being in a happy relationship, success or even treating myself well. I had a terrible relationship with my body and was incredibly unkind to myself, but when I made the decision to embrace my body and my self how I am it saw a huge change in me. I’m happy, I’m confident, I take better care of myself and my self esteem is infinitely improved.
- Is “self love” and being “body positive” more important in 2015 than say 5 or 10 years ago? My self esteem and body issues began about 17 years ago, and I wish that I had the kind of body positive role models then that are around now. I would say that it’s equally as important now, but I guess it’s more widely talked about and there are more resources and help available, which is a good thing.
- Is this sort of thing something you’ve always been into? Are you just a naturally positive person? This might come as a surprise, but I used to be incredibly negative. Even at the beginning of my self love journey I was negative about everything. My friend Tarryne from Change One Woman http://changeonewoman.com/ introduced me to The Happiness Experiment and challenged me to start listing my three good things every day. That was a turning point – seeking out the positive really made me see myself and my life in a whole new light, it definitely changed my attitude!
- Since starting This Is Meagan Kerr what’s been the biggest lesson or learning for you? All of the things that make blogging a business, from things like doing my own taxes to having a solid business plan to web design. I would say that half of my job as a blogger is the fun blogging side and the other half is business related – like all creative arts I guess!
- What’s been your proudest This Is Meagan Kerr moment?
Being featured on the cover of Sunday magazine last year was pretty amazing. I’m not sure if any other bloggers have been featured on there before and for a plus size woman to be on the cover of a mainstream magazine, and not just a head and shoulders shot, is a pretty big deal.
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? My family has always told me to trust my instincts, and it’s something I try to do in all aspects of my life. If someone or something doesn’t feel right, it’s important to pay attention to that feeling.
- What’s the worst advice you’ve heard? Fat girls shouldn’t wear stripes! My project was actually inspired by someone who said that to me. Turns out that not listening to that advice was the best thing I ever did.
- If you could achieve just one thing through This Is Meagan Kerr what would you choose? Reaching as many people as possible with the message that “you are enough, just as you are, right now”.
- What do you feel are the key components of happiness? Health (both mental and physical), making the most of any situation, and recognising the good things in your life! Things that make you truly feel good, that’s what life is about!
- How do you relax and de-stress? I’ve come to realise that I’m not really a relaxer – I find it hard to just chill out because I’m such a busy person and my brain just doesn’t switch off. Regular exercise is a big stress buster for me (walking and yoga are my go-tos), along with meditation and taking time away from the city and technology. The occasional massage doesn’t go amiss either!
- What’s one thing that gives you great joy? I don’t have any of my own at the moment because my house is too small, but I seek out canine friends wherever I can! Dogs are such wonderful creatures, so sensitive to moods and their surroundings, and I find being around them so therapeutic! If I’m feeling a bit down then I’ll watch dog videos on YouTube to cheer myself up.
- What’s something many people don’t know about you? I am obsessed with houses. My family has been involved in real estate for a long time (my dad is a real estate agent and I have worked in the admin side for a number of firms), and when I was a child my parents used to drag me around looking at open homes. I’m currently binge watching Grand Designs and dreaming of all the things I would like to include when I finally have the chance to build and decorate my own home.
- Do you have a favourite blogger or writer? I have a number of favourites, but a blogger who has had a really big influence on me is Jes from The Militant Baker http://www.themilitantbaker.com/ – she pretty much writes how I think and isn’t afraid to be a kick ass body positive advocate.
- Who is someone you admire? And why? I really admire powerful women who are building their own empires – from models like Nadia Aboulhosn and Tess Holliday to businesswomen like Jenene Crossan and Sophia Amoruso. Whether you’re a fierce businesswoman or building your empire in the home, I think it takes a lot to stand up to the world and say “here I am, bring it on!”
I’m sure I don’t need to tell you where to find Meagan… but in case you don’t know you can find Meagan at This Is Meagan Kerr whether your plus size or teeny tiny her message of body positivity is something we can all take on board.