"If you asked me a few years ago if I ever thought the internet could bring good to people, I would say no. Because I never thought that was capable, even for me. Over 2 years ago, I was scrolling through Instagram, I was following Hailey Devine when she did a collaboration with Be Bona Fide. I loved the quote and the message they were trying to pass around to everyone. “Numbers don’t define how insanely cool you are.” I was just barely starting to blog, so their message meant so much to me because I was getting upset when I watched people all around me getting more followers than me. I let that define me for the longest time, till that moment. Ever since then, I let the numbers go and focused on keeping my little space of this internet world, a positive place for people to go.
I started to follow Be Bona Fide after that collaboration. I loved what they were doing and was in awe that they were promoting a lifestyle of people being genuine and real. During this time, I was going through the darkest part of my life. I was dealing with ADD, was in pain from scoliosis, and had realized that sometimes you lose friends that you trusted the most. I wasn’t real or genuine, I didn’t love who I was, and I let my flaws define me. I didn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. I was scared and alone. There was one quote from Be Bona Fide that changed my life forever. The quote was, “It’s not meant to be perfect.” This quote touched my heart so much and made me realize that my life didn’t have to be perfect nor was it ever going to be perfect. Be Bona Fide changed my life and helped me learn to love who I am and the flaws that I have. Because of Be Bona Fide, I have been able to connect with people that I never thought that I would connect with, I have become friends with people from different walks of life, and I have been able to share my story with people that I never thought that would hear my story. Now, I get to say that I am interning for this amazing company. I am so happy and honored that I get this opportunity to help people share their stories and promote realness throughout the internet. My goals for this internship is to help more people be touched by this message, the way it touched my life. I want people to know life isn’t going to be perfect, it is going to have hard trials in it and sometimes they are going to hurt, but just know that there are people that will help love and care for you during these trials, so be yourself love who you are, and know you are so loved. You aren’t perfect, but you are worth it."
> Amanda's words are the reason why this movement is alive- we are forever grateful that this movement brought us together! We actually met Amanda at our first pop-up shop in Riverside, California, which funny enough was where Amanda was from! She came and met us at the store and hung out with us for a couple hours. We got to know her a little better and built our new friendship from there. It has now been two years since we first met and now Amanda is interning with us! We cannot wait to continue this relationship with her and grow even more together throughout the internship.