Leah V

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About Leah V


My name is Leah V (@Lvernon2000) and I'm a body positive activist, Muslim feminist, and blogger from Detroit, MI. I started blogging in the early 2000's and failed about three times. HA! No fail, no gain. Right?   

In 2013, I joined Instagram then started the body-positive blog, Beauty and the Muse. Why? There were no girls, women who who looked like me who were deemed 'beautiful' or worthy. I had a fucked up android phone and some wacky outfits, but mostly, I had no clue what I was doing. What I did know was that girls from all over the world were sending me messages of feeling worthless, ugly, and unimportant because of the number on the scale but when they saw my photos and read my words, that they were given the inspiration to also live their lives unapologetically.

My goal, by creating content, is to show the world that every BODY is a good body. That you don't have to fit into a nice box, that you can BE whoever the fuck you want to be in this life without restriction. That you can live your best life at any size, color, culture, religion, or sexual orientation. We need more of these kinds of affirmations.  

Unfortuntely, I've wanted to quit many times over the years because of the stress of the unknown, mostly financial. I'm never sure how I will pay my rent, satisfy the many bill collectors that call my phone, or how my next project will be funded.

For some reason, people believe that I make a lot of money from blogging. The truth is, I make ZERO dollars from my blog. In an attempt to keep my blog 'organic' and not sell readers Flat Tummy Tea, bundles of weave, waist trainers, and teeth whitening kits, I turn down projects, and in turn, turn away income.

Am I dumb? Maybe. Or maybe I care more about the art, the expression, my readers and want to make my blog community a safe place where you aren't bombarded by capitalist brands only wanting to make a big buck. Maybe, I trust that my community will lift me as I have lifted them over the years.  

I'm finally on Patreon, truthfully, because I've maxed out both credit cards and cannot create and maintain myself any longer. Most of you know when I got divorced, my financial and mental status took a fall. It's been a year now, and although I'm doing better, I need help. 

When I write, it takes time, hours. When I create visual art, it takes time and money. Same with social media and blogging and marketing. My entire day is filled with time consuming projects that I create for the world to enjoy. 

Let's make all the internet trolls that constantly fat-shame me more angry by supporting me on my journey. I'd loooove for you to say 'I do' and be my patron so that I can continue to make waves of inclusion through visual arts and content creation.  

Patrons will receive exclusive shit: 
$1 will get you a 'New Blog Post' email alert  
$5 will get you a 'Photo' before it's released to the public  
$10 will get you a 'Photo' and inspirational quote to match  
$20 will get you access to a top-secret monthly 'Group Chat' to check-in on my current projects  
$50 will get you a monthly 10 min video chat (1 on 1 with Leah V)  
$100 will get you a monthly 25 min video chat (1 on 1 with Leah V) 
$200 will get you a monthly 25 min video chat + Instagram tag on a current project
$190 of $1,000 per month
My first goal is to reach $1000 per month so I can pay rent (can't be a homeless creator!), create at least '3' blogs, and shoot two body-positive and inclusive photo sets. 
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