Pro Volleyball Player Willow Johnson tells it how it is

Nov 1, 2022
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Photographed by
Karlo Gomez

e had the pleasure of capturing Willow Johnson's beauty. SMV is all about capturing women's natural beauty, and we did just that, capturing Willow's beauty with no-makeup, dimples (aka cellulite) and all!

"I can workout and be fit, and still have cellulite, and that is OK!"

What is your ethnicity?

I am Russian, Latvian, German and Mongolian.

What is your age?

24 years old.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I played professional volleyball and love fitness. I enjoy going to the gym, playing video games, and anything involving art (photography, painting, guitar, singing, etc) I also am a foodie and I love trying new recipes.

How have you struggled in the past to appreciate or love your body and how have you overcome that struggle?

I used to hate my rolls when I would sit down or my side profile, or the rolls on my back when I moved in a certain direction. Now I have learned to embrace these “flaws," and see them as part of me. Now I know, there is nothing wrong with my body when I sit a certain way or move a certain way.

"Take the differences you have from everyone else and embrace them."

How do you feel about your cellulite on your butt? 

I think it is completely normal. Even as an active person I am flawed and not airbrushed. I can workout and be fit, but still have cellulite, and that is OK!

What do you love most about your body now? 

I used to hate how tall I was always being shamed or bullied for it, but now I embrace being 6'2 and stand tall. I think it is beautiful having long legs and being tall. 

How was it shooting with no makeup ? 

I normally only wear makeup if I am going to an event, but must often do not wear makeup. It was amazing being able to shoot without makeup to enhance my normal and beautiful skin and be true to my beauty without makeup.

Was it empowering shooting naked and how did it feel? 

I was definitely nervous about some of the photos. How my body would look or if the photos would turn out good, but I was shocked and so happy to see the outcome, at how beautiful the photos turned out.

What message do you have for other women who struggle to appreciate and love their bodies? 

There is only one you in the whole world. Take the differences you have from everyone else and embrace them. you are beautiful and the "flaws" on your body are beautiful. I hope a young woman out there can see my photos or SundayMorningView in general and be inspired to love her own natural body.

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