Resin days in the studio really give me the opportunity to live out the street-artist sartorial dreams from my teenage years @studiomyla
In case you needed a reminder, #istandwithpp. I have visited Planned Parenthood multiple times for care (never for an abortion, though I support women's right to choose - the majority of women visit PP for care that DOES NOT involve abortions). I have gotten preventative screenings and birth control there, when I was young, broke, and without insurance. I had no other options at that time. I have also visited as an adult, with insurance and money in the bank, but needed treatment immediately. I have always felt safer knowing they are there if I need them. It is terrifying that a group of old white men are determining the future of accessible women's health care in America! Women deserve the right to healthcare and family planning. Period. #protectourcare
Not an ad you guys! Just trying to give a little advice. As part of my #springcleanyourlife journey, I'm getting my diet in check, which includes supplemental stuff. These are my morning coffee additions. I have been super into @sunpotion whole food supplements for a while, after being turned on to them by my friends at @freepeople and my healthy diet guru @julia_samersova. I recently added a couple more items to my arsenal, and am so psyched on my morning mixture that I thought I'd share.
Each morning I have my coffee and add: 2 scoops of TOCOS, a rice bran powder that provides a natural source of vitamins D and E, and is good for your skin and connective tissues
1/2 teaspoon of PINE POLLEN, a natural whole food hormone balancer, meant to combat the large amounts of estrogen we consume on a daily basis
1/2 teaspoon HE SHOU WU, which is like the legit "ancient Chinese secret". It's a Chinese herb used for beauty, longevity, and anti-aging, meant to tonify the blood
1/2 tabelspoon of organic COCONUT MANNA which makes it extra creamy, and is full of MCFAs (medium chain fatty acids), that give me an extra boost of energy to start my day with.
My skin has radically changed since I started this routine - I used to deal with persistent hormonal acne that I couldn't shake, no matter what I did. A change to all natural skincare helped as well, but a lot of our beauty and mood is determined by what we consume, so be thoughtful about it! And I highly recommend adding these treats to your morning #apotionaday
Revisiting my favorite photo book ever on this snowy Saturday morning. GIRL CULTURE, by Lauren Greenfield. A perfect time capsule of how it felt to be a girl in the late 90's, and yet still as relevant as ever. If you haven't seen/read this, trust me, you must. You can get a used copy on Amazon for like, $5 and it is worth so much more than that. My favorite. The best. #inspirationstation#girlculture
Overcoming my depression with a good spring cleaning - but I'm cleaning out my life. Join me? Refocusing on my activity levels, nourishing food, mental health, and the space I occupy in the universe (both physically and metaphorically, i.e. my home and my role in society). First step is getting my morning workouts back on track 🏻 It doesn't have to be a back-breaker every day guys! Today I did 30 min of cardio/strength training in my studio using @dailyburn (not an ad), then did some recovery stretches on my own. Because I am out of practice from weeks of not exercising, I am starting this week off gently! Set yourself up to succeed when embarking on something like this and you will be more successful #springcleanyourlife
MYLA RUNS HER MOUTH PART TWO: GET REAL 🏻
Here is the harsh truth when it comes to fashion: not everyone is made to be a model. That's just the reality. It's not fair, but life is not fair. That said, there is more opportunity now than there ever has been for girls who are not the traditional size or height, but you have to be realistic about what you are working with. If you are short, or extra extra curvy, or, like me, in the forgotten "in-between" category, you must know that you are coming from a disadvantaged position. Be realistic about the challenges you face, so you best know how to work around them.
If you are having trouble getting signed, or are represented by an agency but not getting the type or level of work you want to be doing, think about what YOU can do to change that. Your agents will not change that for you. This can mean a number of things. Not getting the right images of yourself? Set up your own shoot. Find a stylist and a photographer and create images of yourself that you want to see. Or take photos of yourself! Become a multidimensional person. There are millions of pretty people in the world. What makes you different and special? Focus on that, something that you can create and control, and people will take notice. Is it writing? Write things! Is it style? Post your outfit every day. Is it music? Make some fucking music! There is no magic fix for people like us, we need to work hard to make shit happen for ourselves. My career changed when I focused my energies more on art and my feminism. It gave me depth and created a story that made me more than just a model (and more interesting for clients). Instagram can do a lot to build or boost a career, but I encourage people not to rely too heavily on it (it can become a trap). The girls who have found the most success through Instagram are the ones who have a real message, content that goes beyond duck-lip selfies. Be conscious about what you are putting out there, and do things with intention. Don't be afraid of the hustle. Think creatively about the path you take. When I feel stuck or forgotten about, I tell myself, "Make something so great that they have no chance to ignore you."
Here's to all you defiant women out there, I applaud you! 🏼 Happy International Women's Day (although I believe EVERY DAY is women's day!) #35mm photo from my series "SHE IS DEFIANT", 2017 #internationalwomensday#studiomyla
On International Women's Day, March 8th, women and our allies will act together for equality, justice and the human rights of women, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity. Here are 3 actions you can take on #DayWithoutAWoman:
1. Do not engage in paid & unpaid work (this includes household and family care work)
2. Avoid spending money (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses)
3. Wear RED in solidarity
Feelings when you just wrapped an 8 day shoot and finally get to go home after a month of craziness #happy
Once I hung out in a plywood room at my favorite store during a blizzard with salads and joints and a floating angel and my favorite photographer and my favorite couch and this is a photo of it #itwasalladream
I often get messages from young girls aspiring to be models, or trying to gain momentum in the industry, asking me for advice. It's hard to respond to everyone. I don't have a lot of time, and to avoid abusive content, I don't read DMs from people I don't know. But I still want to help! So instead I decided to do a little advice series, giving my insight on the industry. It won't be exhaustive by any means. There are many things I haven't done (for example, I have never participated in the show circuit for fashion week), but I'll try to give a few tips in regards to what I actually know about. Other models should feel free to jump in on the comments and add to each subject. And so... PART ONE: LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
First things first - do you know what you are getting into? Working as a model is not as glamorous as it seems, and it is an incredible mind fuck. The chances that you will actually make it into the pages of Vogue or become a Victoria's Secret Angel are very rare. Maybe one in a million. Maybe even less. Very very few girls strike it big immediately, or ever. It is much more likely that you will do catalog or e-commerce work, some editorials, and with luck, an advertising campaign or two. Not Gucci. Not Chanel. Think: Target. Jockey. And even that would be lucky. Regardless of where your career takes you, trust that it will result in very long working days. You will have 4am call times. You will work for 11, 12, 13 hours straight. You will shoot in freezing weather wearing summer clothes. If you are lucky, you will travel a lot. Nearly all your travel will be alone. You will be alone and you will be lonely. Your body will be under unrelenting scrutiny. You will face endless amounts of rejection. ENDLESS. Your friends will book jobs that you desperately wanted, and you will have to watch from the sidelines. You will be ignored. You will struggle with jealousy. And when you do achieve those successes, you will struggle with the jealousy pointed in your direction. People will be mean to you. Trolls on the internet will be unforgiving with their hatred. People you thought were friends will turn on you. Jealousy does crazy things to people! Continued