LEORE HAYON

I've always felt confident in who I am. I'm passionate and open hearted. My heart drives me but sometimes my ego does get bruised and I have to find a way to pick myself back up. I stumble a lot but that is always how I learn and grow. I'm braver than I often give myself credit for. Yoga is part of my daily life. Without it I wouldn't be where I am today. Allowing myself an hour or two to get completely lost in my body, mind and soul is my escape and how I recharge. Everything is about perspective and we all have a different one. Sometimes talking to family and friends can also really take me out of myself. 

 

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I've always embraced the camera. It's my friend. Photography and film are poetic to me. It's almost like you are on a date and the camera is the one getting to know you. It can only discover as much as you are willing to show. Therefore you have to be willing to completely let go and get lost in the vision. If I'm not comfortable, the photos will show it. A big part of feeling comfortable is trusting the photographer. Like anything, trust is key. I communicate with my eyes more than words a lot of the time so I love my eyes in photos. I think legs are very sexy and feminine so I like to accentuate those as well. 

 

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The first editorial shoot I ever did was the epitome of bohemian which I gravitate to the most in fashion. I was sown into my clothes. They were embellished and flowing. The jewelry was worth over a hundred thousand. I felt like a life size doll. I'm the most comfortable though in something simple. I think most women feel most like themselves in jeans and t-shirt. I like to feel a bit undone and be able to move. No makeup and hair down. Just the camera and me and the energy of the landscape. 

 

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I gravitated towards art and writing as a young girl. It's how I expressed the romanticism I feel for life. I grew up as a competitive figure skater which created a lot of discipline in my life. Skating taught me persistence and work ethic. I learned how your mindset could mean the difference between a good day and a bad day on the ice. I take that into my work today and use whatever I am going through. I've found happiness to be the most important and I'm most happy when I'm doing something creative. I'm proud of what I've accomplished thus far but it's only the beginning. I'm lucky to be in a position where I have so many opportunities. I've definitely taken a different path then I planned and I learned you can't plan life. 

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work, but one that I'm grateful for is: Me. I get in my own way sometimes. I think we all do. I have demons that creep in and tell me "I'm not good enough" or "it's too late" or "I've made too many mistakes." I become stronger every time I overcome this so I am grateful. I practice gratitude every day. A major fault I have is my perfectionism which I constantly battle. I've gone through some shit, just like everybody else, that has taught me who I am and who I'm not and learning to accept my imperfections. My work is full of rejection so I have to constantly pick myself back up and remind myself that everything happens in perfect timing. 

 

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I mean, I have to be [optimistic] or what's the point... I had an existential moment last year, something very foreign to me, but has brought me to where I am today. Everything we do, everything we make, creates an energy that I believe is everlasting. Art transcends. It is the "light" in the darkness so to speak. I started modeling purely for the experience. I discovered acting in the process which led me to my love of film. Film is as much of an escape as it is therapy for me. I went to college for journalism because I loved to write. Acting reminded me to write again. I want to write, direct, and produce films from the point of view of a young female which is still not very prominent in this business. I'm also working on "The Girl Habit" as a future label. The name has been something very close to me since I started it on Tumblr in 2007. Last but not least, I look forward to falling in love one day. Did I tell you I was a romantic?

 

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The end of civilzation will be caused by: Darkness. Which will bring the light. Some call the light the Messiah (a spiritual force that pulls us from this world to the spiritual world). I like to read books on Kabbalah so I've thought about this before.

 






















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JUNNNKTANK is an online zine which has existed in one form or another since 2006.
For over a decade, the focus has been on highlighting the efforts of inspiring individuals and artists from around the world.

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