"Let's face the truth: it took me 6 years (not talking about the other 20 years from the day I was actually born) to fight and win over #scoliosis. This year for the first time the #fashion industry stepped in to voice those affected by this condition. Thanks to @straightforwardfoundation and its angels @marthahunt and @lindsellingson, I can finally overcome my insecurities. Because "I wouldn't be the woman I am today without such a challenge early in my life". #scoliosisawareness #scoliosissurgery #titaniumstrong #IAmStraightForward"
"The #IAmStraightForward movement captures the essence of my journey with scoliosis. My story demonstrates my self-confidence, fearlessness, and perseverance. When I was 12 years old, I decided to have surgery to correct my curve. Since the surgery, I have pushed myself both physically and mentally with the support of my family, friends, doctors, trainers, and therapists. Over time, I changed the narrative from “I can’t do that because I have scoliosis...” to “I can do this. I’m stronger than I think.” I continue to teach children at school and summer camps, exercise, and travel around the world. When people see my scar, I know it shows an inner strength that is only growing stronger."
"I am 40 years old and was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 12. I have always been so embarrassed by my deformed body. Especially that classic "hump" formed over my left hip and what I would describe as extra skin folded somewhere around my left shoulder. It's hard being different. I have been following SFF for some time now on Instagram. Your gallery images bring tears to my eyes. Here you not only display the true reality of scoliosis, you present it as art, as something beautiful. By featuring the visual impacts of scoliosis, you provide an insight to our lives, as well as our bodies. Because of these images, for the first time in my life I am accepting of my body. Thank you for that."