"Are there more people with Hashimoto here? A few months after my pregnancy I got diagnosed with postpartum thyroiditis, an underactive thyroid. After some more tests it turned out to be Hashimoto an auto-immune disease. Probably my pregnancy was a trigger to activate the antibodies. Often it remains undiagnosed because the symptoms are very vague like: fatigue and sluggishness, depression, memory lapses, muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness, modest weight gain, sensitivity to cold, excessive sleepiness, constipation, paledry skin and hair, etc. etc. Women are often told not to nag because they're just a rollercoaster full of hormones, breastfeeding, sleepless nights, fresh mom etc etc and it just belongs to the phase. Sometimes they are even told that they have a postpartum depression and they get very heavy medicines, while that doesn't have to be the case at all. I'm lucky (and Boy as well ha) that they found out relatively quickly with me. With thanks to the thyroid hormones I take and besides some residual symptoms I almost feel like the old me again. Because its so unknown to many people, including doctors, I thought it would be a good idea to make a topic out of it. A bit more awareness… " — photographer @berbertheunissen_#girlgaze
"I hope that one day, work will be based on pure talent and creativity, not gender. I think it’s important for brands and publications to not be afraid to use female photographers simply because they are women, and to work with who they think is best for the job based on their work. I know that’s an idyllic way to think, but I don't want my success to ever come at the expense of someone else's. I have always felt empowered by women and inspired by women; I think a woman's point of view and eye for detail is unparalleled!" — photographer @zoeygrossman.
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Photo featuring @zoeisabellakravitz for @rollingstone styled by @ajmukamal, hair by @nikkinelms, makeup by @ninapark, and nails by @caseynails#girlgaze
“... So I decided to put on the role being a straight woman and I thought to myself, maybe if I go on my mission, God will take away all these feelings and I’ll be 'normal.' I went on my mission and it was awful, I loved my mission, but being in a skirt every day and having to be called 'Sister' —it wasn’t good. When I was preparing to go home I was so depressed because that meant I was supposed to get married in the Temple to a man and start a family. It made me sick to think about it. I was trying so hard to be faithful and do what’s right and I was miserable. I fell into a very deep depression. It got so bad I tried to take my own life. It was my gay uncle who helped me heal. He called and talked to me every single day and told me to not do anything I was going to regret and that I have a life to live and I can be happy. I finally saw my bishop and came out to him as trans. He told me to spend the week dressing and presenting as I wanted to. So I dressed like a boy and didn’t wear make-up and that whole week I didn’t have suicidal thoughts. That week I felt myself be happy. He said, 'How you lead your life is between you and the Lord.'" — @emmettclaren shot by photographer @sorayatzaman for the @americanboysproject#queergaze#girlgaze
This week for #FilmmakerFriday, we’re excited to share @taniasafi’s series ❤️ Safi is traveling Lebanon with her partner and camera assist Rachelle Hair @fishguts to film people and places who are helping create change for those most in need — the project is called "Shway Shway", which means "Slowly Slowly" in Arabic. Safi believes every small good thing creates a bigger impact in the long run. This NGO #daysforgirls creates and distributes free, sustainable pads for refugee girls and women. They also provide sex and health education across refugee camps and unofficial schools.
TW Drug Addiction: “For the @NYTimes, writer Dan Levin and I spent time with Layla Kegg, a 17-year-old high school student in Portsmouth, Ohio, a city deeply affected by the opioid epidemic. Kegg navigates teenage life with normal concerns like good grades, the next softball game, and her upcoming prom, but as her mom Nikki Horr continues to fight back from addiction, Kegg constantly worries that her mother could relapse and overdose like so many others in Portsmouth." — photographer @alyssaschukar#girlgaze
“At first, I was fascinated by the skill — seeing these indigenous women flying through the air, reclaiming the clothing their community was forced to wear as servants for Spanish occupiers. But then I saw it went beyond the ring. They’re fighting for their rights, for recognition, for equality. They’re fighting to put a meal on the table for their kids. They’re fighting for their lives.” — photographer @luisadorr#girlgaze