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Aussie Model Koujayn on Finding Courage And Facing Fear Head-on
By Kara Byers | Oct 19, 2021
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For 22-year-old model Koujayn, the most important thing in life is finding your courage. Here, the new face of Aussie label Husk talks about endorphin hits, bravery and why the thing you’re most afraid of doing is often what you need to do the most.
Mental Health Comes First
“In an industry like modelling, maintaining your mental health is really important. With the ever-changing schedules, being away from family and friends, and the stigma around body image, it’s so important not to compare yourself to others or try to fit into certain beauty standards.”
Embrace Your Heritage
“My South Sudanese heritage means the world to me but growing up in Australia as a first-generation immigrant had its ups and downs. I faced bullying due to my skin colour, which made me hate the way I looked. But I realised my skin is my culture, my ancestry and a connection to those who came before me – it’s Divine.”
Black Lives Still Matter
“As the months have passed from the height of the movement’s presence in Australia, we’re seeing it less across social media, but the message remains: Black Lives Matter.”
Inclusivity is Everything
“When I was growing up it wasn’t every day I’d see someone who looked like me walking down the runway. Although there’s a way to go, modelling is making itself a place for everyone. I’ve loved being a role model, so boys and girls can see someone who looks like them in this industry.”
Wellness is a Daily Practice
“It’s the little things that help me stay grounded, from making my bed to putting my phone down to take a moment. But my favourite form of self-care is getting a daily endorphin hit through Pilates or skipping.”
Tackle the Hard Stuff First
“I find that whatever I’m afraid to do at first is what I need to do most. My future self deserves to be realised. There’s nothing that fills me with more fear than not reaching my potential. I know who I want to be and the only way I can get there is if I put in the work. Bravery to me is about taking risks and going after what you want, no matter what obstacles you face.”
By Kara Byers
Kara Byers is Women's Health Executive Editor, former roller skater/derby player and F45 tragic. Before WH, she worked at body+soul, Edge Agency Nova, Cleo and Dolly. She's also training to be a meditation teacher.
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