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#VBGIVESBACK: Quincy Davis

July 1, 2017

We are honored to support the All Woman Project as part of our ongoing #VBGIVESBACK program and will be donating $10 of every VeronicaBeard.com order in July to the cause.
Photograph by Heather Hazzan
Quincy Davis grew up in front of the camera. As a professional surfer, she’s been in the public eye for most of her life – and it had an impact on how she felt about her appearance. This experience is what made her jump at the opportunity to participate in a campaign for the All Woman Project, an organization that aims to empower and inspire girls to feel confident.
Founded by models Charli Howard and Clémentine Desseaux, All Woman Project has created a series of campaigns that feature a diverse group of real women – photographed without any retouching – and is working towards launching confidence building programs in schools to reach young women. We talked to Quincy and the founders to learn more about this inspiring mission.

What was it like growing up in front of the camera?

Quincy: It has its up and downs like most things! Of course, there are going to be bad angles or a shot taken when you think you don’t look very good. I’ve learned not to be so harsh on myself, but it can be tough at times. Also, I learned that A LOT of what we see in magazines and online is totally photo-shopped and unrealistic!

How did you deal with the negativity or criticism?

Quincy: Reading negative comments can definitely get you down, but I try my hardest not to dwell on them and brush it off. It’s really hard to do but you need to remember that people always have something to say. You can’t let someone else’s negativity get you down as it most likely has to do with something about themselves that they are not comfortable with.
Photograph by Ladyslider

What inspired you to start All Woman Project?

Charli & Clémentine: We are both models with different stories to tell. At the time, I was a straight sized model, and Clem was curve. We'd both faced setbacks because of our size, and wanted to create a diverse editorial where we showed a range of girls of different shapes, sizes, and colors. We wanted to see the representation we didn't see growing up. It really took off and less than a year later, we're still growing!

What is the organization’s mission?

Charli & Clémentine: To empower girls and to teach them that they are enough; that there is no right or wrong way to be beautiful. We believe a lot of girls are impacted by the images they see in the media, so why not create positive ones?

Tell us about your involvement in All Woman Project?

Quincy: Charli and Clem approached me through my website to be part of their second campaign. I immediately loved the message of AWP and the fact that all the images were going to be un-retouched. I also loved that it was an all-woman team, the photographer Heather is so talented and everyone has such great energy to be around. I was really excited to be part this wide range of beautifully diverse talented woman!
Photograph by Heather Hazzan

Where did the inspiration for the All Woman campaign photoshoot come from?

Charli & Clémentine: We try to shake things up each time by using different photographers, but we want to keep each project looking high-end and aspirational. It wouldn't have the same effect if anyone could shoot it. It needs a budget and a great team behind it.

What was it like being on set with so many incredible and diverse women?

Quincy: This shoot was very different from anything that I’m used to doing with my sponsors. It was really special to shoot with such a wide range of women, from ethnicity to size and age. The whole creative direction from hair and makeup to wardrobe had an ethereal feel, so it was fun. It felt very natural. All of the ladies had such a confidence about them. I was so inspired by everyone’s sense of self and of course, the photos really did come out stunning!

How does All Woman Project plan to reach young women and spread a message of confidence?

Charli & Clémentine: We've just launched our third project in association with Refinery 29 and this felt particularly special because it was our most diverse yet: a trans girl, a practicing Muslim, a pole dancer, and curvy models, etc. Our overall goal is to launch a school program, where we go and teach girls to love themselves. We're launching merchandise soon too, which we're really excited about!

Why do you find the All Woman Project mission to be important today?

Quincy: AWP is setting a great example for young girls to be confident and positive in their own skin. I know as a young girl and growing into a changing body, confidence can be tough. Messages of body positivity are so important and sadly, the media still plays into what we think we should look like. Like anything, social media can be good and bad.
It’s tough when you see feed after feed of girls with the perfect body, but it is also so important because it proves that all kinds of women (no matter their shape or size) can show themselves and break the stereotypes that have been fed to us.
I look forward to joining AWP at high school events and workshops that start conversations about how we can boost self-esteem and positivity body image.

Charli & Clémentine
: We're still behind when it comes to diversity, especially in fashion, and I think we often forget how influential fashion is on a woman's wellbeing. It's so important we show there is more than one way to be beautiful.

What message do you want to deliver to women who might not feel confident in their own skin?

Quincy: We all have our own “flaws” but that doesn’t make us any more or less beautiful. Don’t let that get in the way of your dreams ;)

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