BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:
Haus of voltaSouthern California
ABOUT THE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:We specialize in helping young women diagnosed with breast cancer live mindfully and love their bodies post diagnosis. We photograph survivors as pinups and send the calendars we make to survivors nationwide.
THE STORY:I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2012. Prior to treatment I hated the skin I was in; my body was never good enough. After cancer, I appreciated my body so much more and began loving it. After associating with other survivors, I saw a need for self love after treatment, and my husband and I went about photographing survivors. The change in them is incredible; they see themselves as whole and not broken. It's beautiful and rewarding to bring self love to people who may not have ever loved themselves.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:My proudest moments have been helping Stage 4 thrivers to feel beautiful and special in the last days of their lives. To go out on a high, and know I made them feel loved when others abandoned them, warms my heart. We have also facilitated modeling opportunities for people in national campaigns; people who have never felt beautiful are the faces of a brand. That feeling never leaves them.
ROADBLOCKS AND CHALLENGES:I am a mother and wife and my advocacy can sometimes feel like stealing to my family and I have to learn to make sure everyone feels loved.
We are still not generating enough income to completely be self sufficient and that can cause stress.
I try to push my followers to embrace all aspects of life and to fear less. In turn, I end up pushing myself and sometimes exposing myself in ways that are uncomfortable.
GLOBAL FOCUS:The struggle is to fight global body shaming and insecurity -- a problem upon which corporations thrive.
CONTACT INFORMATION:Stori Nagel
37149 floral creek circle