uring our trip to Arizona, we got to shoot with the beautiful Tasha James, and it was amazing!
"You only have one body, so Love it in ALL phases."
So Tasha, What is your ethnicity?
I am European/English/French
What is your age?
I am 25
How have you struggled in the past to appreciate or love your body and how have you overcome that struggle?
I hated the body I lived in for so long it caused me to go through eating disorders, self harm, and self deprecating behaviors. Things are different now. Being able to use my body to explore the world, exercise, express myself, and show love to others, is what changed everything. I still struggle on a day to day basis, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that it's a lifelong journey and ebb and flow is what makes life so cool.
"Go to therapy, cry, heal, and learn to love all the things that make you, YOU."
What do you love most about your body now?
Its capabilities. I get to be a crossfit athlete, ride my motorcycle, snowboard, rollerblade, dance, run, eat, love, and anything else I set my mind to.
How was it shooting with no makeup?
It felt natural for me. I barely wear makeup as it is and I prefer it that way.
" You are so much stronger and disciplined than you give yourself credit for."
Was it empowering implied and how did it feel?
Celebrating my body and my natural beauty is something that I have always wanted to do with a photoshoot and this shoot embodied that.
How does working out play a role in loving and appreciating your body?
It's everything! The more I'm capable of doing in the gym, the more I'm capable of doing in the world.
Let's talk about your booty.. Is that all genetics, hard work or a combination of all 3. Because girl, I would love to know?
Genetics definitely plays a role. My family started calling me "J-Lo Booty" when I was 7 or 8 (lol). But I've been working on building my glutes for 8 years now! So it's a combination, but I can thank my ancestors for the natural shape of my butt for SURE.
What got you into riding motorcycles?
Since I was a kid I loved seeing badass dudes riding Harley's and it always caught my eye, ESPECIALLY when I saw a badass female. In February 2021, I rode on the back of my friend's bike and that was the last straw, I wanted to be in control. So 3 weeks later I took a riders course, passed, and bought my motorcycle 2 weeks after passing. Best decision I ever made.
What message do you have for other women who struggle to appreciate and love their bodies?
You only have one. Love it in ALL phases but also understand you do have the power to improve your health, the power to improve your skills and abilities, and are so much stronger and disciplined than you give yourself credit for.
What are your future goals?
To continue to travel, work, love, spread joy, confidence, and positivity to anyone and everyone. All while improving myself as an individual.
"There is nothing that dims your light more than basing your existence on the perception someone else has of you."
3 inspiring books/films or shows we should get into?
12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson, Beyond Order by Jordan Peterson, and The Molecule of More by Lieberman and Long
Anything else you’d like to add about yourself?
I grew up without a father and often gauged my value through other people, and still do it sometimes today. There is nothing that dims your light more than basing your existence on the perception someone else has of you. Go to therapy, cry, heal, and learn to love all the things that make you, YOU. "You have the world in your hands and that responsibility is inescapable" - Mac Miller
To see more of Tasha please follow her on her IG @TashaMarieJames