Photo take at Hedonism II in Jamaica, 2004
I've experienced jealousy for most of my life, including in high school. In once instance, I remember that I girl on my geography bowl team became jealous because I got ten points higher than her on a test. I could see how the look on her face changed the minute that she saw my score, and she actually became so angry that she literally walked away from me in the middle of a conversation. Still, although there were definitely pockets of intense jealousy, including one instance from a close friend, who tried to turn my other friends against me, I experienced mostly good will until I began doing adult work, and sort of "blossomed" in a sense. I came from a conservative background, and had always dressed very conservatively, for the most part, until I began doing adult modeling and film. I noticed that women would get very nervous when I talked to their boyfriends at parties and social gatherings, and would pull their boyfriends away from me, sometimes in the middle of a sentence, even though I had experienced no attraction to these guys at all, and my intentions were entirely platonic. Ironically, it doesn't seem to matter how I'm dressed, or whether I'm entirely covered up or wearing a mini skirt, to show off my long, nicely toned legs, I still seem to elicit the same response, and I'm realizing, it's because of my intelligence. I think that being both attractive AND smart (not to mention athletic) is too much for other women. If a woman is smart but unattractive, other women can tell themselves that the rival may have some good qualities, but she's deficient in some way, so that they can still feel good about themselves. And of course, if you're already in a relationship with a powerful male, that doesn't stop the jealousy. The reason is, that sexual jealousy comes from insecurity on the part of the jealous person, and is often wrapped up with envy of the other person's talents, connections, or social position.
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Photo of me in my Thai Kwon Do ghee at 19 y.o.
One thing that I've learned in my life is to roll with the punches, protect yourself at all times, but wait for the right time to retaliate. I've always been the ultimate survivor, independent from an early age, determined, and self aware. It can be really hard when women are extremely hateful to you behind-your-back-in-front-of-your-face, but having had years of validation regarding my looks and talents, and the fact that I am both self and other-aware, has helped me to understand that the acts against me have nothing to do with who I am, but with who they are. In most cases, the harassment that I have received comes from women who have no idea who I am, and who have never had a conversation with me. I had to overcome some very difficult things in my life, including dealing with a dysfunctional family, a mood disorder, and some accidents, including one which caused me to be transported in an ambulance to the hospital, which left me with some nasty sequelae from a hematoma to the back of the head (partial anosmia.) I think that the fact that none of the attacks seem to phase me just incites the others more.
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