My journey literally started in a small home studio with a random idea of trying different kind of photos, nude yoga ones. Setting up the Instagram account and choosing a name in about 5 minutes.
After seeing the first photos I thought that I could maybe publish them, I had asked my boyfriend several times and he told me they were artistic and really nice. They were completely nude but not that nude right!? I have a strong background in modeling but I've never taken photos nude and I still wouldn't. I'm a self-learned photographer. With the support of my boyfriend I got enough courage to start posting the photos. Suddenly people were following my account and commenting which was also nice. But after a week everything started growing. I started to get a little bit nervous about it all and very insecure about having nude photos online for everyone to see.
Suddenly I received one email from Susan Rinkunas, a journalist from The Cut magazine (New York Times). She wanted to ask me some questions and I agreed to answer them via email. I thought the questions she sent me were really good and I was very happy to answer them. What happened next... I could NEVER have imagined.
As soon as Susan published the interview my account started to go viral worldwide. I never really imagined how powerful ''online'' could be before witnessing it myself. Followers were coming in from all over the world, tens of followers per each second. I was getting a lot of emails daily for interviews, enquiries to appear on TV and so on - it was really crazy.
The only thing that probably stopped me from completely deleting my account was the anonymity and my boyfriend's support. One day he even changed the password for a short while! To wait for me to calm down before making any rushed decisions. I was really scared and felt uncomfortable. No one knew apart from him about Nude Yoga Girl. How were people going to react? My family? Best friends? I had no idea and it terrified me. Was I going to tell someone about it? I'm the kind of person that can't hide their feelings, I'm open and I really care about the opinion of people closest to me.
A whole two months, 81 posts and 200 000 followers reached before I told my family.
I still remember the insecure feeling I had when showing the photos and account to them, but thankfully they were very supportive and understanding. That meant a lot. Being nude online has always created quite a lot of negative tension generally which probably made me feel so scared. I still always thought from the beginning that the photos were artistic, minimalist and natural. They also supported my message "you are beautiful exactly the way you are" but the idea of being completely naked scared me.
The first two months were such an emotional roller coaster. I'm very grateful for the way people have reacted to my art and I have a lot to thank my followers for. So thank you for making me also feel comfortable in doing what I do and being part of my journey. :)
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