RAECHELLE BANNO ‘MY DIF­FER­ENCES MAKE ME UNIQUE’

New Idea - - Official Magazine - By Ali Cro­marty Photos: Ja­son Ier­ace NI

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lo­quent and thought­ful, Raechelle ex­plains how her re­la­tion­ship with her body has changed over time.

‘It’s ac­tu­ally com­ing full cir­cle – and will likely ebb and flow as the years go on. When you’re very young, you aren’t aware of your body as much, which is beau­ti­ful,’ Raechelle ex­plains.

‘As you get older, you start to be­come more con­scious of how your body works and looks, which can be both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive. I’m get­ting to a sweet bal­ance of be­ing aware of what my body needs to feel good, but not let­ting that get in be­tween me hav­ing a good time.

‘We all have days when we don’t feel our best and, there­fore, we don’t feel we look our best,’ she adds. ‘Feel­ing con­fi­dent, from the inside out, is my main fo­cus these days.’

Work­ing as an ac­tress, Raechelle de­scribes cer­tain pres­sures she faces and how she man­ages to com­bat them.

‘Whether we like it or not, how we look is a de­cid­ing fac­tor in whether we are hired for a job or not,’ the 24-year-old ad­mits. ‘How­ever, there are so many very dif­fer­ent types of peo­ple and sto­ries to tell, so it’s healthy to re­mem­ber my dif­fer­ences to oth­ers will also make me stand out and land me a job.’

For loyal view­ers of the show, Raechelle has a pow­er­ful mes­sage she wants to share.

‘I’d love for any women watch­ing our show to re­ceive a mes­sage that tells them they have a voice, their worth doesn’t rely on an­other per­son, and they can use that big brain and heart of theirs to go af­ter what­ever it is they’re seek­ing,’ she says.

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