Today's Woman Wednesday is the beautiful Avalon. Ava is a published plus-size model, pole dancer, and passionate advocate. She uses all of her platforms to normalize plus-size bodies; encouraging shameless and unapologetic self-love.
Ava is passionate about advocacy work and loves to use her platform to make a difference. She works tirelessly on her craft as a full-time model and content creator, spending 70 hours a week working on all of her different platforms.
In her words- "I would much rather influence giving back to communities than just influencing what large company you should purchase your clothes from" and we can't agree more! When she's not working, she's pole dancing, snowboarding, gaming, painting, and trail biking with her dog.
You can follow her work on @avaxlonx and on TikTok at AVAXLON
Here's our chat with her
1. Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in Toronto. Lived in Whistler for 6 years and am back in Toronto.
2. What is your definition of strength?
I think strength is the ability to be vulnerable and open. Being honest and sincere about your feelings without having others carry the weight and responsibility of them. It takes a lot of strength to have that balance.
3. What is something that’s important to you now that never used to be?
Self-preservation. I never used to care much about myself or my well-being and I always put others' thoughts and feelings first. I never used to be very important to myself.
4. How would you describe your style?
Fat chic with conviction to no aesthetic
5. Favourite plant-based food to cook at home?
Asparagus cooked in lemon, garlic and topped with roasted cashews
6. What’re 3 books on your bookshelf?
Vulnerability by Pierre Fleury. Whore Carnival by Shannon Bell. Enita Blake by Larell K Hamilton.
7. What’s something you want to accomplish in the next year?
Trying to work with more size-inclusive clothing companies. I am currently working with a polewear company that chose to expand their sizing and I hope myself and other body-positive advocates inspire more of this change.
8. Tell us something people would find surprising about you
Oh, I always find this question so difficult! I am sure lots of people make wild assumptions about women who look and act like me. I suppose that I don't date and haven't in years.
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10. How do you want people to remember you?
What people think of me is none of my business. I just hope that some people remember how I made them feel safe, loved, and cared for.