Sophie Tweed-Simmons Exclusive: “Can’t Retouch This” Ft. Roxxy Montana
We’re so STOKED to present the collaboration between Sophie Tweed-Simmons and Galore Mag. This editorial is one of the most important that we’ve ever presented at Galore. In the current climate of retouching/photoshop mania, Sophie wanted to create a shoot that used neither, as well as no make-up. So she invited her friends, the awesome girl group Roxxy Montana, over for a slumber party and the results are epic. She chatted with us about self esteem, body image and what inspired her to create this wonderful shoot. Check out all the pix below shot by Steven Meiers.
Interview by Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson
Skull Cashmere- Clothing
Gretchen Lanham- Stylist
Why was it important for you to do a shoot with no Photoshop/Make-up etc?
I think we send out a lot of lies to young girls. Models even admit to not looking like their photos. There is already so much you can do to alter your appearance, make-up, extensions, spanks all the little things we think make us look attractive. Here is my stance on it: make-up, hair and clothing and your body should be a reflection of who you are on the inside, not who you are trying to emulate. If you wake up every morning and just feel like “that isn’t the nose, or legs or stomach that you should have been born with,” then change it. But only if it makes you happy! Realize that a majority of those feelings come from looking at photoshopped images and comparing yourself. Its unrealistic. So me and the lovely ladies of the girl group, Roxxy Monatana had an au natural sleepover inspired shoot. Because if there is anywhere I feel safe without make-up or photoshop it’s with my friends at a sleepover.
How did Roxxy Montana get involved with the shoot?
I met Roxxy Montana in Miami when I went to X Factor Boot Camp in 2012. They are a group of girls who know who they are and will not compromise that for anyone, or any record label. I feel like they promote a lot of the same things that I try to. They also will not take shit from anyone, that’s the quality I like best.
I asked them to be involved in this no make-up/no Photoshop shoot with me because I think they are confident enough to do so. And we all really did honor the no-make up policy. We came in, we washed our faces, and besides some Chapstick. We were make up free.
Working with models I definitely feel more conscious of my weight. Do you think apps like IG are detrimental to young girls self esteem and self confidence?
I think instagram and twitter bring models and actors down to a more relatable everyday level. What girls have to understand is, it is this persons job to be what you want to emulate. Half the battle is genetic and the other half is work. They put in absurd hours at the gym, watch what they eat constantly and most do it in a not so healthy way. We are regular women, working and going to school. Its not realistic for the other 99% of the population. So take your instagram with a grain of salt. Admire whoever you like but realize we are all individual and that is not a mold you have to stick to.
How do you think this shoot can inspire young women to be self-confident in their own bodies?
My hope here is that girls see me and my friends having fun and being confident without any help. I get a lot of flack, as I’m sure all actors and models do about photoshopping, but its not our choice mostly.I have a birthmark on my face that I’m proud of and I’m a size 8, not exactly model material. But I don’t see why I can’t be whatever I want. So add model to my resumé.
I don’t really follow celebrities because they either intentionally/unintentionally instill a feeling of desire that is unobtainable and frustrating for the viewer- what do you think of this?
Totally right! We love and desire these people one because they are who they are, and two because of the way they look. By the way, don’t bash people for being pretty or being thin or large or tall or whatever. They are just people too and the more everyone starts to realize that the more the pressure comes off. Like, would I love to look like Kate Moss, but I realize she is not me and we we’ll never be the same person. But you know what? I get my Moss fix via instagram and thats enough for me. I don’t need to look like anyone but me.
How have you struggled with body issues?
My whole life. My mom was a model and actress with an insane body. My whole family is tall and slim and ALL the girls are 6 foot plus and blonde. I’m 5’9” and brunette with lets say a curvier body, and it wasn’t always in the right places. I felt pressure not only to look like the celebrities I love but to fit into my family. I struggle with weight constantly, but I found a place where my body is healthy, and I’m happy with that.
How has your mothers career and endeavors (i.e. playboy, erotic cinema) has influenced you?
I wouldn’t say she did erotic cinema, I would say it was edgy for the time. Now it would be PG13.
But she did show me that women’s bodies are not something to be objectified or scrutinized. They are individual, naked or clothed they are our bodies and we have to take care of them. She really blazed a trail for actresses to pose in playboy. She was ahead of her time and I thank her for making the way for me.
…and how has you father?
It wasn’t so much his music as it was his work ethic. There are no vacations, or days off. We work Monday through Sunday and I will always answer my phone. He does not tolerate laziness and I’m thankful for that. As for body image, he always adored women like Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe.
Is having two famous parents been stressful in terms of how you look and what you’re suppose to achieve?
There is definitely a pressure to be an overachiever. I was always that girl in school that finished my homework for the week on Monday. Even now, I am doing so many different things, when people ask me what I do for a living I don’t know how to answer.
I am reped by CAA for acting, by LA Talent for modeling, Universal Music Canada for music, L&B Talent for Commercials. I am also launching my lifestyle website where I will have collaborations and capsule collections with designers. It will also touch on body image since it is a personal passion of mine as well has have information on how to donate my my charity. I have a center for abused children in Surrey, BC called Sophies Place; we work with kids who have been physically and sexually abused, and help them through the legal, therapeutic and rehab processes. I am also writing a book on body image for young girls I hope will be out next year. And I have written articles for WorldLifestyle.com and worked with Cosmopolitan.com on the subject. So you see, I don’t know how to slow down or just do one thing. The only things I will NEVER do are drink and smoke.
What is it you would like to achieve and ultimately be working as?
Ultimately I want to help people with my charity and my book. But my passion is acting so, it would be nice to do both. As for being a “celeb” or “famous” I don’t need that.