“I used to think it was just my industry that was brutal, but now because of social media and filters, it’s everywhere,” she says in regards to the pressures to look, act, or really feel a sure approach. “It’s really sickening.”
For Greene, instructing her daughter the best way to construct self-worth comes all the way down to being a job mannequin herself.
“This comes down to me too—understanding my worth, what I bring to the table, what inner beauty is, and that social media is not real and you can’t live up to it.,” she says. “It’s not to say I don’t have good days and bad days, but with bringing a baby girl into this world, it becomes a lot more important to have self acceptance.”
Ultimately, Greene notes, she knows she’s her daughter’s first and most enduring influence: “Your child looks at you and they absorb everything,” she says. “And so I want my child to be able to look at me and say, ‘Mommy loves herself and thinks she’s beautiful. And Mommy looks at me and thinks I’m beautiful.’”
I can’t consider something extra worthwhile.
“As she grows up, I want to be able to give her the tools that I never had. I want to educate her so it’s ingrained in her DNA, so she doesn’t necessarily have to grow up with the same obstacles that I did. She can grow up understanding that you have control over your body and you have control over your mind,” she says. “And I think if you can find some sort of relationship with yourself and your mind, that’s such a positive, beautiful, powerful thing.”