“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

The following is an excerpt from an article, “Confidence Beyond Borders,” I wrote for POSE Magazine’s New Year 2014 issue:

“No one had seen me in a bathing suit in public since age 16. But almost a decade later, there I stood, staring at my mother, aunt and two cousins as they soaked in hot sulfur springs. Shaded by the tropical flora overhead, I debated whether I should step into the sunlight and join in or stay clothed in my insecurities…

Dominica’s mountains are covered in rainforest. At higher altitudes, I would breathe in big gulps of air to savour its richness. It had been 18 years since I had left at the age of 7 as an island native, and I had returned as a foreigner. But being a foreigner can be a lot of fun.”