I decided to interview all the different women in my life and get some of their thoughts about body image and such. My first victim is my awesome gorgeous friend Brenna. Brenna makes all those cool hair flowers I wear, and has a site where she sells those and other cool and vintage items, check out SammieGirlProducts.
I met Brenna about five years ago at work. We have both since moved on to better jobs, but stayed friends. All I can say about Brenna is that she is amazing. She is fearless and will try anything at least once. She totally gets things done, which I wish I did more of. She is really creative and artistic and always wants to try new things.
She also taught me that big girls can have fun with clothes. When I met her, I was dressing well, but not as fun as I do now. She showed me that big girls can be quite cute actually. When I met Brenna, I was doing better with my self-esteem and appearance, but she totally helped me ramp it up. She tries absolutely everything…how could I not try to keep up with her??? She’s gorgeous besides being so cool.
On to the interview!! (I’m still working on the questions for future posts, but these are the ones I really wanted to ask.) Brenna also issued a warning with these answers – she had been having a bad day, so some of her answer might be sarcastic.
1. Basics – age, ethnicity, first name, city, nicknames
Brenna, 35, Caucasian, Seattle WA…. Sometimes I am called BB, BrennaVickyJudy or Brennatori…. more than nicknames however, I have learned with my name that often times people appear frightened to pronounce it. My favorite wrong names that I have been called are Gretta and Donna…. well clearly they are so close to Brenna.
2. How long have we known each other?
I would say five or six years, but we are like old souls and go together well… 🙂
3. 3 things you like about your body and one thing you don’t like.
I love my lips, eyes and butt…. Hate hate hate my hair…. I had a great hairdresser fix a mistake an old hairdresser did, but it is gonna take at least six months for a decent grow out….
4. How would you describe your body size without using numbers?
My body size without numbers. Wow, that depends…. sometimes I would say Chris Farley/ Jabba the Hut and other times I feel like a princess…. Is that what you mean? And not Princess Leia… she had issues….
5. Are you body confident?
I am not body confident, but I am able to pull it off apparently…… I always get/hear comments such as “For a big girl, you are confident, funny….etc” I don’t know exactly what that means….As if I was a different shape-big or small, short or fat I apparently would not be as confident, funny…and no I do not think that is a compliment…. It makes me feel bad.
Brenna - being her darling self
6. What does “body-confident” mean to you?
Body confidence means.., uh, er…. wtf does it mean?? I guess for me it means, yes I would like to be a few pounds lighter, but the reality is that may bot happen so if I at least exercise and I am still active I have settled with my body…. but it is always a work in progress so I don’t know… I have been skinny and I am fat. Yes there is a difference in how people treat me with the weight… however, at this point I actually like my life now…..
7. If you had to describe your self-esteem to someone who didn’t know you, what would you say?
Strangely I have been told I am very confident. I don’t feel that way though not at all… So I guess faking till I make it has been working, unless I am sitting in front of a mirror naked…
8. What’s your favorite fruit?
My favorite fruit….. oh peaches… I love peaches.
9. Famous boy and girl crushes
Boy crush hands down, Nicolas Cage… Girl crush….Emma Caulfield. She is kind of a firecracker. I love her.
10. Favorite piece of clothing, and why
My pajamas because it means I am done with the day and I can relax.
11. What’s a talent you wish you had?
No thought… Rock star… I wish I could sing because I really want to be a rock star. I mean I can sing but whether people want to hear it is a whole other subject all together.
12. What is a talent you DO have?
I throw kick ass Halloween parties… and can cook like no other. I can proudly say Paula Dean has NOTHING on me…Really!
13. What makes you crazy proud of yourself?
I just graduated with my masters degree. I also have decided to pursue a PhD after about a year break!
14. Name a movie you think everyone should watch.
Timer. This is a great little flick. Love it. Also I HIGHLY recommend Amelie, very cute film and Harvie Krumpet…This movie is touching and I have never cried so much but I highly recommend it.
15. What do you think of my blog? (Shameless self-promotion and gratuitous compliments)
You have a blog? Just kidding. I love it and read it every day you post on FB.
16. Can I post a picture of you? (It’s okay to say no)
Of course just not the chicken soup explosion one!
17. Can I promote your blog/site?
Yes!!! Please do.
Please send me some cute pics too!
I also sent you my kick ass haunted house cake picture
So, I was surprised by some of Brenna’s answers…in a weird way, I feel like I know her better now. Go check out her website!!!