Please introduce yourself to our readers:
I am De'Anna Liz! Originally from New York. I am a your nontraditional influencer. I used my pain to create something so beautiful. I am a writer, a visionary, model, artista in my own form. I am one who strives to be so much more. Not only impact my community but also change societies thought process of "beauty standards."
Describe what lead you to create "The Naked Campaign":
The Naked Campaign was created because as a young girl I struggled with self esteem issues. These self esteem issues led to poor decision making throughout my life. I dealt with rape at the age of 15 and was in denial about it up until I was 21. I dealt with emotionally unstable relationships that left me broken in many ways. I wanted to create a safe place where young women and women can come together showcase their hurt through art and start the liberating process!
What advice would you share with women that struggle with confidence and/or healing from past traumas?
The advice I would share with women is to completely embrace that emotion. If you need to cry yourself every night then do so, but wake up with a new attitude, an adjusted attitude. Embrace the day with positive words and affirmation. Surround yourself with positive spirits. The crying will ease and the positive will slip in. This is going to take a conscious effort. Everyday; day in and day out. There may be days where you feel like your regressed but you didn't. I am here to tell you that you are growing. A plant needs water to grow. Stop hiding the emotion, stop fighting it. You aren't alone it shall pass and now you have a community by your side.
Discuss what you have planned for Mental Health Awareness Month:
With Mental Health Awareness Month quickly approaching I have created a Social media Campaign #DareToGoNaked. This is for us to vow to cater to our mental health and self care. I will be hosting contest each month to give away self care packages, I will be doing runway fashion shows, women empowerment panels, untraditional events throughout the year
How can readers participate in the campaign?
The way readers can participate in the campaign is by posting the image you will see on May 1st! Tagging 3 other people and Daring them to go Naked with you! Lets make talking about a normal situation become Normal!
Photographer Adrian Thomas @agphotospro