Photography by Ainsley Rose
I’m an extrovert with an adventurous spirit. Family is very important to me. My mom is my best friend and has championed me throughout my entire life. I am a HUGE fan of my dog and wish I could live life with the same reckless abandon and in the moment excitement. I’ve been perusing acting for about 10 years and have owned a tattoo studio for the last 12 years, although I am not a tattoo artist. I love a good challenge and am very competitive. Those who have played card games with me can attest to that!
Love it! Way better than any intro we could have given you. If you had to describe your RAW shoot in one word what would it be?
What surprised you most about the experience?
The voice inside my head kept telling me to, “AT LEAST use the lotion with a tint in it!” It’s been so long since I’ve done a photo shoot without make-up so I was a little scared. Intimidated even. That reaction surprised me since I like to identify as a “tom-boy” type girl. At some point in my life I lost the comfort of not needing make-up. This photo shoot was a kind reminder of how I used to be. Free to be me without make-up.
Everyone wants to use the tinted moisturizer! Beauty can be defined in so many ways. What is your definition of ‘beautiful’?
Beautiful to me is when something affects me so much I am speechless. A beautiful gesture, for example, or a sunset that leaves me breathless.
When do you feel most beautiful?
I feel most beautiful when I’m working out with my trainer. I love connecting with my body and feel like I’m giving back to it by strengthening it.
That is a really good feeling. What part of aging scares you the most?
Honestly, I’m scared of growing old and loosing the people I love. I’m scared of ending up alone.
What part of aging is the most exciting?
I look forward to finding out what kind of woman I become. I would love to have a conversation with my older self now. I’ve changed so much in the last 10 years I can’t imagine who I will be in another 30!
Have you ever struggled with confidence, body image or insecurities in your life?
I struggle with confidence everyday! There is a critic in my head that says negative stuff to me all the time. I realized that the voice might always be there. Some days the voice is louder then other days. I’ve chosen to follow my dreams in spite of that voice. It really is a strange paradigm… if I don’t get an acting part the voice says something like, “See, you are no good at this acting thing.” And on the opposite side if I receive some kind of accolade the voice says, “You know you don’t really deserve this… or are you sure you can live up to this?”
Something I’ve learned is, the more I love myself and listen to my heart… the quieter the voice gets. I made a choice to love myself and find joy and affirmation from within. Once I did that, ironically enough, love, joy and affirmation found me.
Let’s talk BEAUTY! On average how much do you spend each month on cosmetic items such as make-up, hair cuts/colouring, waxing, clothing, nails, tanning, creams etc.
Hmmm… that’s a tough one. Probably in the ball park of $150 – $500 depending on what’s needed.
Have you ever had cosmetic surgery or treatments?
My opinion about cosmetic surgery is this, If you get cosmetic surgery to please or impress other people it’s bound to disappoint! It’s like wearing a miniskirt, in this case a very permanent miniskirt, if it makes YOU happy then who cares what anyone else thinks!
Let’s talk Photoshop. What are your thoughts on this cultural phenomenon? Yay or nay? Or is there a place for it sometimes?
Good question! My girlfriend is a photographer and uses an editing program like photoshop called lightroom to tweak her images. I heard her speaking to someone the other day and she said she does minimum tweaks to her photo’s; that is unless it’s a magazine publication, then she would smooth out the face ect…
I suppose that’s because it’s expected? How cool would it be to have a no photoshop magazine? I would buy that out of sheer principle! Uhm… that’s proprietary!
But really, how did we get so lost in altering photos? I guess it’s the ‘one-up’ game. Everyone tries to ‘one-up’ the last person and before you know it the photoshop movement snowballed into the unrealistic glamour shots we have today.
I’m not a fan of photoshoping images to make the person in question a ‘better” version of themselves. My conclusion is use photoshop to cure someone of red-eye but don’t alter the person physically.
How do we ensure that the next generation of girls grows up with confidence and a strong sense of self when they receive so many messages telling them that they are not enough?
I think we can do our part by being as real and ‘RAW’ as we dare to be. Let’s take a page out of Keira Knightly’s book when she played an 18th century aristocrat in, The Duchess. She wouldn’t allow the studio to alter her bosom size in promotional shots for the movie.
It’s important for young girls to have role models, people they can identify with! If we present ourselves as flawless how can anyone, especially a young girl going through puberty, relate to us? They won’t! They will simply see themselves for what they are not and that doesn’t serve anyone.
You are an actress on the science fiction show Continuum. As an actress do you think there is more pressure on you than the average woman to maintain a certain look? Is it true that the camera adds 10lbs?
I think women feel pressure to look good no matter what profession they are in. That pressure is certainly amplified if you work in an industry that captures your image like acting, modeling, news anchor etc…
On one of the first days of shooting I remember I had to hold a 25 lbs. machine gun and point it at the lead, Rachel Nichols, for a long time. It was so heavy that I couldn’t hold it up for the entire scene and the gun slowly started falling. Ha! It was at that point that I figured I better hit the gym if I’m going to play a badass ex-military chick from the future! The thought of slimming down for my part on Continuum hasn’t really been a factor for me. It’s not to say it doesn’t happen in my industry, rather my ‘type’ doesn’t lend to the pressures of keeping 10 lbs under your normal weight. Not yet anyway… ask me again in 10 years and perhaps my answer will be different.
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