For those of you who’ve never read our posts, we’re very passionate about promoting positive body image and strong mental health. We believe that hearing other people’s struggles enables the newer generations to think positively and realize they are not alone in their struggles.
Today I’d like to introduce you to Angie Parks. She is a passionate, energetic women born with Turner Syndrome. For some this would be a sure fire path to a negative attitude but that’s not how Angie feels. You can read her story below:
Tell me who you are and what you do. What is your passion.
I’m Angie, I’m 35 and was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome before I was born.
TS has never really been a huge part of my life, but it has shaped who I am and had made me a stronger person .
I’m have been married for almost 8 years and we are starting to think about adoption at some point, which I am excited about .
I work in tech support and model part time , I started modelling to boost my confidence and it’s been amazing, I want to show other girls with TS they they can follow their dreams and give them someone to look up to.
How did you get into it?
I model to raise my confidence and to raise awareness for a disorder I have called Turner Syndrome. I also want to show others with my disorder that they are beautiful and that being different is nothing to be ashamed of .
Let’s talk mental health and body image. If you have a story to share tell our readers what inspired you to get involved, how you have struggled and how you’ve succeeded and if you are still working on yourself tell us what you do on a regular basis to combat your own demons.
I want to share my story because I have had issues with confidence. I hated how I Iooked for so long because I was bullied so much for being different and I never felt hood enough. I model because I want to do something for me and it makes me feel beautiful. I still struggle with confidence but try push away any negative thoughts.
If you could tell your teenage self one thing what would it be?
Don’t care so much about what others think of you , it doesn’t matter.
Do you have a few favorites quotes that speak to how you feel on the topic?
I love this quote from Taylor Swift .
“When you have bad days that just won’t let up, I just hope that you will look in the mirror and remind yourself of what you are and what you are not.
You are not your mistakes.
You are not damaged goods or money from your failed explorations.
You are not the opinion of someone who doesn’t know you.
You are a product of the lessons that you’ve learned.
You are wiser because you went through something terrible.
And you are the person who survived a bunch of rainstorms and kept walking.
I now believe that pain makes you stronger. And now I believe that walking through a lot of rainstorms gets you… Clean.”
Are you inspired by someone, a business, an organization etc?
My parents who always told me I could do anything I put my mind to . Also I am inspired by other ladies with Turners who keep going even though the world can be unkind to anyone different
Let our readers know where they can find you: (Social media, blogs, website etc)