This past weekend, I had the absolute pleasure of shooting with The Turn It Around Project. Model I am not, but when I discovered this initiative, I knew I had to get involved.
Created in 2015 by Abbe Dembowitz and a team of fantastic minds from Pace University in New York City, The Turn It Around Project encourages taking personal insecurities and fears and spinning them into positive affirmations. It emphasizes loving yourself for who you are, and finding good in your flaws. People of all ages have participated in the project, serving as the best reminder that even in all of our negativity, we are truly never alone.
I’ve been after a chance to shoot with Turn It Around since their launch, and the experience was more than I could have ever hoped for. Normally, walking into a room full of people I don’t really know would encourage me to hang back until I warmed up a little, but that was not the case. The energy in the room was unmatched. It radiated positivity. Everyone was so comfortable talking about things that made them uncomfortable, and everyone was so welcoming. We collaborated on what statement I wanted to make with my photo, talking it over until it was perfect. The Turn It Around team is so invested in each individual that you feel like part of the community just standing in the room.
Working with Turn It Around is truly a NYC experience not to be missed. You can find more of The Turn It Around Project below, including dates for upcoming events:
GoFundMe (so The Turn It Around Project can go global!): gofundme.com/uzfpmn2c
I am so honored to be even a small part of this project. All my love and support for what you’re doing, Turn It Around. Keep changing the world one photo at a time!