Silvana who dared to dream big
She comes from a small German town to bring a (body) positive change to this world, whether she stands in front of or behind the camera. Her name is Silvana Denker, a plus size model and photographer who brought her „BodyLove” campaign to Italy and I had the chance to conduct an exclusive interview with her in Milan. We hugged each other like old friends though it was the first time ever meeting this beautiful woman. Despite the fact that we haven’t met before, we have been known each other for a long time since we both promote body positivity. I was curious to find out that beside her sweet smile, her friendly attitude and determination what PLUS she has within.
Susie: Can you please tell a few words about yourself!
Silvana Denker: My name is Silvana Denker, I’m 31 and come from a small village called Niederhövels in Germany. It’s around 100 kilometers away from Cologne. I am a professional plus size model and photographer specialised in plus size, too.
S: Which is that one word to describe yourself?
S: Have you ever had problems accepting yourself?
S.D.: I hated my body for gaining weight, I hated myself for being me. I have stretchmarks and scars which additionally made it hard for me to accept myself.
S: How could you overcome that hate relationship?
S.D.: It was a long process. It took several years and only when I became a plus size model and I got to know so many other gorgeous and confident plus size models, bloggers, women in general helped to open my eyes. It showed me nobody has to have the perfect body the media always show us to be beautiful and a wonderful person.
S: How do you take care about your self-esteem and boost your self-confidence?
S.D.: I am and always have been a very sporty girl. I love to go to the gym or to ride the bicycle. I don’t do it to lose weight, I do it for myself, for my health. A main thing in my process was to select my friends. I seperated myself from people who weren’t good for me and I now only surround myself with people who see me not only my body.
S: Please describe the last occasion you truly felt beautiful!
S.D.: Today I felt beautiful. I wore my red lipstick, just my black pants and a beautiful shirt I got from a friend from Vienna. I went to a meeting with the company that sponsors my BodyLove project and we discussed how to go on with the campaign. I received great news. The sun was shining, the air smelled like spring. It was just a perfect day.
S: Please, finish the sentence: If I was 16 years old again, I would tell myself…
S.D.: If I was 16 yrs old again, I would tell myself… Stop hating yourself and don’t worry about gaining weight, it will make you a better person, it will give you so many opportunities. You will get to know great people and it will give you the chance to move something in the world. You are more than only your shell. Not everything that at first seems bad is bad at the end. Believe me, your life will become wonderful, never give up.
S.: What is that PLUS that makes a woman beautiful?
S.D.: I think the main thing is charisma. Every woman who loves herself radiates her inner beauty.
She is determined, full of energy and enthusiasm and she was just as nervous and thorough as if it was her first photoshooting. She had a few kind words to each of us and the most important for her was to make sure we have fun. Behind her sunglasses her eyes got filled with tears of joy and we could hear a break in her voice when she expressed how grateful she was to be there, in the middle of Milan with us. She definitely fulfilled her dreams to bring that positive change in the world, 8 of us were definitely touched by her project and it will be a remarkable moment to always remember. Soon I will tell you more about the photoshooting and finally reveal you the pictures, too!
Find Silvana on Facebook too: HERE