Name: Laura Hesp
Location: Toronto, Ontario
1. What inspired you to get into this industry?
I'm not entirely a model, I mostly use modelling as a catalyst for growth, and to get eyes on my brand and community projects
2. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?
I was never comfortable in my own skin, I always picked out flaws and covered undesirable places with tattoos. I grew up thinking my body was owed to the world, and in that sense I kept it covered. When I started to heal, to own my body and to become confident, I was no longer obliged to stay covered up and now always feel immense pride in the body I live in
3. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?
How much we compare our beautiful, raw, naked selves to edited photos in ideal circumstances
4. Tell us something random about yourself.
I have a huge hate-on for bananas
5. What are you most proud of?
My resilience and ability to bring people up with me when I don't even have a leg to stand on, and my fierce sense of humour despite many reasons to not have one.
6. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?
Someone who has a huge heart, who always puts themselves on the line for others. Someone who opened themselves up to the world in order to bring us all together
7. Anything else you'd love us to know?
I run a grassroots organization called Inclusive Love. We partner local businesses with charities, fundraise for the community, inspire positive change, and join local rallies to demonstrate peaceful protest. Our 'Toronto Loves Everybody' shirts provide meals and donations while also promoting a more inclusive message within our city.