FAULT Magazine Premiere Music Video for Polina’s ‘Little Babylon’



Today we’re very proud to premiere a brand new music video for Polina’s ‘Little Babylon’. The Grammy award winning musician has been taking the world by storm, featuring Eminem’s “Legacy” and Felix Jaehn’s “Book Of Love”

The smooth vocal atop a gentle pop/folk guitar riff and brass in the chorus makes ‘Little Babylon’ perfect for any summer or festival playlist. 

Reflecting on the track, Polina tells FAULT that  ‘Little Babylon represents a happy and safe place. When I wrote this song, it was a sense of nostalgia for those care-free times, with notes of young summer romanticism. I hope you enjoy the official video, which re-creates some of those timeless memories for me…’

 Anyway, less talk more music! Do enjoy the music video below from one of the most exciting artists of 2016!





Actress Charlotte Spencer gives us an insight into her new BBC1 series ‘THE LIVING AND THE DEAD’

Charlotte Spencer, Screen International’s Star of Tomorrow 2015, is heading back to yesteryear in new BBC One drama The Living and The Dead, set in Somerset at the end of the 19th century. She stars as Charlotte alongside Colin Morgan as her husband, Nathan Appleby – a young couple, whose new life in the isolated English countryside is threatened by strange, unsettling, and dangerous supernatural forces. FAULT sat down with Charlotte to talk corsets, elephants and spooky on-set happenings ahead of the new six-part drama, airing on BBC 1 this June.

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White Shirt – Di Liborio / Black jacket – Di Liborio

What was it that drew you to the role of Charlotte Appleby?

Well, since I was a child, I’ve always wanted to do a period drama; my parents would always ask “Why are you putting on Lark Rise to Candleford? Why do you like this?” and I just was like, “I love it! I want to be in it!” So it’s a dream being fulfilled, really. Also the character, Charlotte, is so cool – she’s quite a modern woman for her time, and that’s what drew me to her.

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Top & Shoes – Topshop / Pink long floral skirt – Michaela Frankova

What sort of research and preparation is involved in getting ready to star in a period drama?

Colin and I had a lot of rehearsals before shooting, and we would go through things like the way we stood, little etiquette things, like you had to make sure you didn’t slouch or anything – it’s very hard to slouch in a corset anyway, believe me! And you want it to be realistic so, as much as they’re quite a modern couple for their time, they still have very Victorian values. Even though we wanted to stay true to our characters, we had to remember that they are living in Victorian times.

Are supernatural or horror shows something that you enjoy watching?

Yeah, I love anything that’s a bit out there and original, and I’m pretty into supernatural stuff – I’ve been watching American Horror Story and things like that for a while now. I’m watching a lot of documentaries at the minute, like Life and Death Row, which is really interesting and kind of insane.

I love all the dramas that are out as well, I think TV is in a really good place right now; Peaky Blinders is great and I’ve really loved Undercover, it’s amazing. Basically, the BBC is smashing it at the minute!

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Black & white Polka Dot Mesh dress – Jayne Pierson

After wanting it for so long, what was it like to be part of a costume drama at last?

I’ve loved every minute of it, I really have! Learning how to be in a corset on set was the hardest thing, but everything else I’ve absolutely loved. The costumes were amazing, so beautifully made and really well put together, they were just fantastic. Our designer also made sure that, because Charlotte Appleby is quite a practical woman, all my costumes were practical – but the beauty of them was well maintained. Our characters are living on a farm, so all of the costumes had to be farm-ready.

So, now that you’ve fulfilled one dream, what’s the next thing you’d like to check off?

For me, the main thing that attracts me to a project is good characters. I’d love to do a Western, or something with swords or gun slinging; a cowgirl kind of thing, that’s what I’d like.

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You’ve previously starred in the West End, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Stephen Ward, is that something you’d like to do again?

Definitely, I love it all – musical theatre, theatre, film, TV, all of the genres. Musical theatre is where I started so I hope that, if the right part came up, they would have me back!

Outside of acting, is there anything on your bucket list to do?

I love animals, so some way of helping animals would be on the list – I love elephants, and I really, really want to go and help at an elephant sanctuary. But, at the same time, you have to make sure you’re around for work opportunities that might come up, so we’ll have to see.

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Off-shoulder pearl dress – Zuria Dor

What was it like behind the scenes of a show that’s so full of spooky goings-on?

It was great, genuinely! There were odd things that happened in the house now and then, because we were actually filming in a very old house; we’d hear noises and footsteps, and sometimes you thought someone was behind you, but they weren’t.

At one point the sound department decided to keep recording equipment in the kitchen overnight, and when we listened to it back you could hear these vibrations, and what sounded really strongly like someone clapping. When I was listening to it I thought someone was standing behind me and clapping, so I turned around but there was nobody there, it was all on the recording. But we never felt scared. We would scare each other more than anything else!

What is it that makes this show different to other supernatural dramas that have come before?

I think probably that it’s not trying to scare you – well, okay, I suppose it is – but it’s character driven, primarily. The hope is that viewers will love the characters, that you’ll care about them and what happens to them, more than all of the supernatural things that are going on.

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Hat – Mini Tran / Off-shoulder pearl dress – Zuria Dor

Judging by comments across social media, people are very excited about the show – without giving too much away, what can they expect?

Yeah, Colin has a lot of fans and they are all very sweet. I hope people like it and watch it. It’s different, but I think that’s good – you’re going to be shocked! There are some very good cliffhangers after every episode. I think that you’ll get really into it and start to understand the characters and, even by the end of the first episode, people are going to be like, “Oh my god, WHAT?!”

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Hat – Mini Tran / Off-shoulder pearl dress – Zuria Dor

Charlotte, what is your fault?

Oh wow, I have loads, I’m full of them! I suppose I’m quite loud. I sometimes think that everyone is on the same level of loudness as me but, no, they’re not. I can get a bit carried away with things, like I’ll be on a night out and dancing really enthusiastically and my friends are like “Charlotte, nobody else is dancing, just you.” So, I’m not always very aware…

The Living and The Dead is available now on BBC iPlayer, and will air every Tuesday beginning next week, 28th June, on BBC One at 9pm. You can follow Charlotte on Twitter and Instagram.

Words Jenny Parkes

Photography Jack Alexander

Styling Kate Sutton

Make-Up Natalie Viner

Hair Jonathon Eagland using John Frieda

Special thanks Wheatsheaf Tooting Bec




Dress – Topshop / Bra – Joanna Lark / Waist harness – Fleet Iliya / Choker – Joanna Lark

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Dress – Topshop / Bra – Joanna Lark / Waist harness – Fleet Iliya / Choker – Joanna Lark / Cuffs Fleet Iliya


Body – Elf Zhou / Choker – The Model Traitor / Lead & cuffs – Fleet Iliya


Body – PLT / Harness, Choker and Whip – Joanna Lark


Pant – Kim West / Harness – Fleet Iliya / Handcuffs – Fleet Iliya / Waistcoat – ASOS


Choker – New Look


Vest – Woolford / Pants – Kim West latex / Choker – Stylist’s own / Arm Harness – Joanna Lark / Leg Harness – Fleet Iliya


Body – Wolford / Bra – Fleet Iliya / Choker – New Look


Body and harness – Coco De Mar / Cuffs – The Model Traitor / Chain – Fleet Iliya

Photography Vincent Dolman

Styling Zoe Kozlik

Make-Up: Cassie Steward using MAC Cosmetics and Paul Mitchell

Meet the American country star that’s about to make a splash in the UK: Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett, who took home Top Country Song at last week’s Billboard Music Awards for his tear-jerking ballad “Die A Happy Man,” is the the first artist to launch in the UK via Taylor Swift’s label, Big Machine Records.

In March, during his first ever visit to England, he performed at London’s O2 Arena for the Country to Country music festival. I got to chat with Thomas about his BMA win, playing country music in Britain, and collaborating with other superstars.


Outfit: Artist’s own

FAULT: Country is probably one of the most misunderstood genres in music. For the person who hasn’t really been exposed to country music, or maybe someone who only hears the country songs that become super-popular, what’s the best reason for why he or she should become a hardcore country fan? Or what was it that first attracted you to the genre?

Thomas: I grew up a country music fan because, first of all, my dad was country music singer in the ‘90s. So it was the first genre I was exposed to at young age. Obviously, I was exposed to a lot of different genres as a kid, but I think country music stuck because of the emotion of the songs and the way that the singers told stories. If you listen to country music, going back from the ‘40s to now, one of the biggest things that they’ll have in common is great storytelling. I think that’s the reason why I fell in love with it, and I think that’s the reason why people are still in love with it to this day.


FAULT: Your songs also include elements from several other genres besides country. Where did those influences come from?

Thomas: A lot of those came from my dad, man. Like drivin’ to school in the mornings, he would play songs for me and my sister—ranging from Led Zeppelin to Frank Sinatra to Aretha Franklin to Billy Idol. It was all over the map; it was hip hop, jazz, classical, rock and roll. So when your dad is a big fan of all of these different kinds of music, then I think you kinda follow along in his footsteps. And growin’ up in the 90’s, I think I was just introduced to a lot of music that still stays with me today.

When I sit down to write or song, or make a record like Tangled Up, I think all those influences sorta seep outta my brain when I’m writin’ songs and makin’ a record.


Jacket, Shirt & Trousers – John Varvatos / Trainers – Common Projects

FAULT: What has winning a Billboard Music Award meant to you?

Thomas: It was pretty cool, man. I’d never been to the Billboards before; I’ve always just gone to awards shows that were strictly country music. To be with that many massive superstars from so many different types of genres was crazy. You know, getting to win Top Country Song in front of those kinds of people was a really cool moment. And because “Die A Happy Man” was so special and personal to me, to win an award like that was something that I’ll never forget.


Shirt & Trousers – Libertine Libertine / Trainers – Common Projects

FAULT: How do you feel about your experience entering the British market and being in the UK so far?

Thomas: I came over here for the first time in March to play the Country to Country festival. We played in London, Dublin, and Glasgow. Honestly, the biggest thing I was shocked of was how many people knew not only my two singles that had been released in the UK, but also the songs from my first and second albums. I think that would be one of the biggest differences between UK fans and American fans. It’s not that my fans in America don’t know the records well, but it seems like the fans I’ve gotten since I came over here have really studied the albums. When they become fans, they become really, really die-hard fans, which has been really, really cool for me.


FAULT: What was the process that led to you being signed by Taylor Swift’s label?

Thomas: When I was 19 years old, I was still in college, and I wasn’t really that awesome at school. I switched my major several times because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. But by the grace of God, there was guy a that signed me to a publishing deal. I was starting to get cuts on other artists in country music—the likes of Jason Aldean and Lee Brice and Florida Georgia Line. And there kinda came a point for me when I wanted to feel what it would be like to have my own voice on songs I was writing and put them out on the radio. So I went through about a year of playin’ nothin’ but showcases for record labels and really tryin’ to get a record deal. And Scott Borchetta of Big Machine, who was also the guy who signed Taylor Swift, had me into his office. I played him a few songs, and I guess the songs impressed him because he offered me a record deal that day. It’s been almost four years since I signed that deal, and I couldn’t ask for anything better.


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FAULT: What’s it like working with Tori Kelly and Nick Jonas?

Thomas: I’ve only met Tori one time, and it was in L.A. It was when I played “Die A Happy Man” at this summit I was doin’. She came up to Scott [Borchetta] and said, “I don’t know how, but I would love to be a part of that song.” So she recorded a vocal, and we did a remix of the song. I have nothin’ but awesome things to say about Tori; her work is amazing, and she’s also a very, very sweet person.

And Nick is great, man. I’ve gotten to know him pretty well over the past couple months just running into him at various country music awards shows. And we also just did the CMT Crossroads event together. I think the way we grew up was kinda the same. We both grew up with dads that loved playin’ music, and I think we’re both fans of great-written songs. I think when we got on stage together and started singing each other’s songs—yes he’s a pop singer and I’m a country singer—but our worlds collided in a really cool way. It was actually a very organic pairing, me and Nick workin’ together. We had a good time.


Coat – Brookes Brothers / Tee – Rascals / Jeans – G-Star / Trainers – Common Projects

FAULT: What is your FAULT?

Thomas: Probably losing everything I touch—whether it’s my cell phone, my wallet, my keys. I’m a very, very forgetful person, so if I could be more responsible and remember certain things, I think that would definitely make me a better human being.   


You can find Thomas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Words Cody Fitzpatrick

Photography Jack Alexander

Styling Rhys Marcus Jay

Grooming Lauren Griffin using MAC Cosmetics

Special thanks Hagen & Hyde

Preview: Caity Lotz Exclusive Photoshoot and Interview for FAULT 23


Caity Lotz has worn many hats in her career as an entertainer. Starting out as a dancer she toured with Avril Lavigne, Lady Gaga and appeared in a whole host of music videos for some of the biggest names in the industry. Caity then joined girl-group Soccx who enjoyed two top ten hit singles in Germany. Despite all of Caity’s success as a dancer and musician, it was her acting performances as Sara Lance on the hit TV shows Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow which finally saw Caity step out of the shadows and into the limelight.

We caught up with Caity to find out about her journey as a performer and just what it takes to play a hardened assassin on screen.



When did you first realize that acting was the dream?

I didn’t start acting until I was 21. Before that I was a dancer and in a singing group. I never pictured myself as an actor or even having a career as a performer. No one I knew had a job like that so I didn’t know that was an option. But I just followed the excitement and worked hard and I ended up being really fucking lucky because now I get paid to pretend to be an assassin.


Comic book fans aren’t the friendliest. They hate any interpretation of characters from comics that don’t exactly match what we think should happen. Is that a conscious pressure for you?

I feel very grateful to be embraced by the community even though my whole character is pretty much nothing like the comics. There was no Sara Lance, there was no “Canary” only “Black Canary”, and the “White Canary” in the comics is totally different. Though Sara Lance does really capture the essence of badassery that is at the heart of these comic book characters, so hopefully that counts for something.

What have your interactions with fans been? 

Amazing, touching, and sometimes weird. I’m super lucky to be able to travel all over the world and meet fans, it blows my mind how universal shows like Arrow and LOT are. Stories people tell me about how they’ve been inspired or empowered by my character melt my heart. A lot of LGBT fans really appreciate Sara representing a bisexual character and I love that I get to be a part of that. Fan interactions can be kind of weird as well. Like when people stare at you or take sly pictures but don’t actually come up to you. It makes me paranoid.


People write about you all the time. Bloggers, twitterers, and reviewers. It must be hard not to lose a sense of yourself when everyone has an opinion of you. How do you remain grounded?

I have a very good crew around me. We’ve all been best friends for over 10 years and they don’t let me forget who I am. I think I’m actually pretty good about not taking it personally. I’ve done a lot of work (and am still working) to raise my self-esteem and that’s like a bulletproof vest. How do you raise your self-esteem? Accept and embrace who you are and how you look. Which is easier said than done I know, but it’s possible and the only person standing in your way is you.






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Check out Luke Pasqualino in his exclusive shoot and interview for Fault Online

Luke Pasqualino rose to fame in 2009 for playing teen skaterboy Freddie McClair on Skins. Now, he portrays d’Artagnan, a 17th century French swordsman, on the BBC drama The Musketeers.

In his interview, he discusses resiliency, justice, and what it was like to play a silent assassin who spoke only by pointing at his many tattoos.


FAULT: How did you get your start in acting?

Luke: I got into acting when I was like nine years old. I joined a local drama workshop that was maybe an hour and a half every Monday night after school. I tried everything as a kid—football, ice hockey, tennis—and I got bored of those things very quickly. But the drama workshop was the one thing I never really got bored with, so I knew I was kind of onto something with that. And I really started to enjoy it as I got better at it. Then I left school at 16 and I worked for a couple of years—as a pizza chef in my cousin’s restaurant, and sweeping floors at my dad’s hair salon. And then, at 18, I got an agent and my first acting job, Skins.


Shirt – Levi’s / Jacket – Levi’s / Trousers – Outerknown / Shoes – Timberland

FAULT: But the first time you auditioned for Skins, you actually didn’t get the part, is that right?

Luke: I didn’t. I auditioned for Nick Hoult’s part originally.


FAULT: How did you bounce back from that rejection?

Luke: I think in this industry, you take a lot of knock-backs, especially in the early stages of your career. You get more knock-backs than you do successes. So it really does test your stamina and perseverance—having to push past the failures. You kind of become immune to it; you become conditioned to bring yourself back up. You learn from not getting jobs. I think, in everything really, you have to push through and move forward.


Jacket – Parka / Shirt – Oliver Spencer Loungewear / Trousers – Levi’s


FAULT: In The Musketeers, what’s d’Artagnan’s motivation?

Luke: He’s a very hard worker; he grew up working on a farm, and he’s always had a talent for swordsmanship. But the thing that really drives him is his appetite for justice. He’s always wanting to make sure that people are treated well and have equal rights, and that no one gets what they don’t deserve. You know, he’s a real patriot of France, and he’s just a good man who doesn’t like to see bad things.


Jacket – Parka / Shirt – Oliver Spencer Loungewear

FAULT: What’s the weirdest or most interesting role you’ve ever played?

Luke: The one that really sticks out is from a movie I did called Snowpiercer. I played a character called Grey who was actually a silent assassin. He didn’t say one word in the entire movie. And he was totally tattooed, so he would communicate by pointing to different words on his body. I had to get tattoo makeup for three hours every morning. He was quite a beautiful character.

And I learned so much from Bong Joon-ho, who directed it, as well as my incredible peers from the cast—Chris Evans, Song Jang-ho, Tilda Swinton, and Octavia Spencer. Playing Grey also taught me a lot about myself, so it was a very interesting role, especially because I couldn’t say a word.


FAULT: Did the inability to speak make it difficult for you to communicate the character to the audience?

Luke: My character was very expressive in his movements. Grey was sort of the protector of John Hurt’s character, Gilliam. He was a fighter; he could become this absolute raging monster when Gilliam unleashed him, so a lot of great story could be told with his actions. The character was actually really good for helping me move into the realm of getting a message across without saying anything.


Jumper – John Smedley / Coat – J Lindberg / Trousers – Samson & Samsoe

FAULT: Is there anything you can tell us about what we’ll see in upcoming episodes of The Musketeers?

Luke: Well the whole series this year, there are more adversaries, both physical and emotional, which the musketeers will have to bring to closure in combat. Paris is a very different place at this point. Every character has a good journey, and there are some surprises.


FAULT: Apart from The Musketeers, what are you working on right now?

Luke: I just finished a movie earlier this year called Solar Eclips (spelled like that!). It deals with conspiracies about Gandhi’s life. That comes out next year. And I’m currently shooting a five-part drama for the BBC called Our Girl, which comes out later this year. So yeah, I’m getting around.


Jacket – Folk / Jumper – John Smedley

FAULT: What is your FAULT?

Luke: I’m quite impatient. Not all the time, but sometimes. You know, like I kind of get crazy when I get stuck in traffic, stuff like that. I get antsy because I like being on time, and I don’t like waiting for people very much.


You can catch Luke on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Musketeers continues on BBC1, Saturdays at 8.30pm.


Words Cody Fitzpatrick

Photography Jack Alexander

Styling Felicity Gray

Grooming Natalie Viner

Competition: FAULT Magazine X Zippo Festival Giveaway


If there’s one festival on everyone’s wish-list this year, it’s Download Festival! Ramms+Ein, Black Sabbath and the legendary Iron Maiden will all be taking to the stage this year and not to mention FAULT Magazine alumni Don Broco will be playing the Zippo Encore Stage on the Sunday.

To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with the good guys over at Zippo to give 2 lucky FAULT readers the chance to win the following prizes.

Whether you’re attending Download Festival this year (or just want to pretend to be one of the cool people that did) then get your hands on this limited edition 2016 Download Festival ZippoWindproof Lighter. It’s an awesome design from the iconic brand and if you are planning to attend this year, head down to the Zippo Encore Area to check out all the cool stuff they’ve got gone on, like air guitar competitions to win side of stage access, free merchandise and face painting!


But we’re not done there! We’re also giving away a Zippo Hand Warmer for those cold nights and a flex-neck lighter for those sunny barbecue lighting days.

To be in with a chance of winning these great prizes all you have to is head over to our twitter page, hit follow and tweet us using the hashtag #FAULTMagazine + #FestivalGiveAway

But we’re not done just yet! To double your chance of winning head over to our Instagram, hit follow and leave a comment using the hashtag #FestivalGiveAway

Entries will be closing on 9th June at 12:00pm GMT, may the odds be ever in your favour!


Alicia Keys Exclusive Covershoot and interview for FAULT Issue 23

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Editor: Miles Holder + Nancy Lu l Photographer: Zoltan Tombor @ SeenManagement l Stylist: Chaunielle Brown l Make-up: Dotti using SK-II @ Streeters l Hair: Tippi Shorter @Fr8me l Manicurist Michelle Matthews l Styling Assistants: Nyjerah Cunningham, Steven Lasalle, Sphinx Rowe, Catherine Mekondo


We’re happy to finally be able to reveal our FAULT Magazine Issue 23 Front Cover Star, Alicia Keys!

It has been fifteen years since the release of her debut album ‘Songs in A Minor’ which scored the singer/songwriter five Grammy Awards and the name Alicia Keys is still a well-respected household name. Playing the role as Skye Summers on the hit TV drama, ‘Empire’, fans were able to see Keys display her acting skills and this autumn Alicia will return to our television screens for her debut season as a judge on The Voice USA.

FAULT caught up with Alicia Keys to discuss the new music and find out just what it takes to carve a long-term career in the modern music industry.

FAULT: What is different between the Alicia Keys releasing ‘Songs in A Minor’ in 2000 compared to Alicia Keys of 2016 working on her “best music yet”?

Alicia: One thing I appreciate hearing from people who have known me for years, is when they tell me “Alicia, you’re still the same.” Of course I’m not, I’m a woman now and much wiser and I have more understanding of my life, music and art but I am still the same spirit. Fearlessness and becoming more comfortable in my own skin and caring less about what I would say or do, was always at the core of my original work – now with all the life I’ve live and all the things I’ve learnt, I am still the very same.

Being a proven singer and songwriter, did that give you more confidence and flexibility with this LP?

I always feel confident in my ability to explore my vulnerability and to do something that I’ve previously never done in hopes that it was going to take me somewhere. As opposed to being too controlled and forced to make it something that’s not. I definitely created this album with real purpose and intention to talk about things I’ve never talked about before.


FAULT: You’ve always fought for respect through your music with tracks like ‘Superwoman’ or “A Woman’s Worth’, are you also touching on these issues in the album?

I just feel women are the most magnificent species. We are the creators and closest to God. There’s so much to learn about what women go through and what women of colour go through and what womanhood just puts on you. There’s so much to face and learn, so much still to be respected and so much equality still being withheld. The desire to talk about it and discuss the inequality is there, and it’s definitely a theme for me and I have a desire to talk about it on this album and just go further. I just can’t wait for people to hear it.



FAULT: We recently lost Prince and who admired you enough to allow you to release a cover of his song and someone you inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame, did it come as a great shock?

It was definitely a great shock and I am still taken aback. I feel like the whole world feels the same. He was definitely an enigma and will always remain that way. He was so fiercely dedicated to the greatness and expanded the level of excellence and that’s what should always be maintained. He pushed himself and I’ll never be as good as Prince but in a positive way. No one can be Prince, he’s the only one but that’s the beauty of him. He set the bar so high that we all have something to strive for.


What is your FAULT?

I’m learning to try and let go of the word “perfection”. It’s not real and it’s a word that tears us down. There is no way to be perfect and no fun in being perfect. You can’t be happy unless you let yourself be vulnerable and make mistakes because we’re always evolving. No one knows it all and I damn sure don’t know it all! I force myself to look in the mirror and own who I am and to own MY beautiful. So what that I have breakouts or so what that my knees are pudgy, there simply is no perfect. Once I can teach myself that there is no perfect and that I am meant to have my FAULTS, that is when I become beautiful.

[We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.]





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