Before it became my career, I was on social media purely to share photos with family and friends. I fell into the space on a deeper level after a photoshoot image of mine went viral. I gained about 10,000 followers overnight and got a lot of media attention and interview requests. I remember being overwhelmed, caught up in these different positive and negative elements in this world of influencers.
I was tempted not to participate in this world, as many things didn’t agree with my morals – the curated nature made it so hard to tell what’s reflective of reality. But I realised I had a chance to change the landscape with my voice – I decided I was always going to be raw and real on social media (to the best of my ability).
Apart from the opportunities I’ve had, one of my favourite things about social media is how I can connect with people I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to. I’m able to share my story with people all over the world and I'm able to hear theirs. As much as social media can feel like a one-way street, there’s a human behind every account.
My life has also been impacted by the kind of content I’ve been exposed to online. There’s incredible stuff happening on social media in the diversity and inclusion space – we’re able to better understand lives different to ours. You can really get a bigger picture of human life through these platforms.