See more from Erika on mental health, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Insomnia and much more in her blog 'The We In Me' and on twitter

Erika says:

About me:

Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder can create distortions of how I view my body. Over the years I have looked in the mirror and not recognized myself, but body image as a whole is something that the fashion and lifestyle industry really lacks knowledge on. I take that back… They know what sells and insecurities far and wide seem to be how they gain, which is a seemingly unfortunate truth. With this, many struggle with their self-worth and image.

Now that I’m aware of my diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder-DID, a fact I was unaware of until recent years. All I knew previously was that I had “black outs”, couldn’t recall things people told me I had done or said and in more extreme instances how I had gotten from point A to B. I know far more about my life and the things my parts have been up to over the years, through therapy.

 

Erika wears large hooped earrings from Trinkets Jewellery
 


About the campaign for representation in fashion:

When Fiona shared her #EveryBodyInAds campaign with me on twitter, I was beyond thrilled to have a hand in this wonderful idea. My parts have worked several of their own little projects over the years in regards to body image. One in particular had worked as a model and I, myself, have worked as a photographer up until a few years ago when I was restricted from working due to my health diminishing to such a point that I had to adhere.

The idea of placing every body in ads is a brilliant concept. People of all ages, races, and sexes can now be represented and that is a powerful thing.

 

Erika wears Oval turquoise ring from Trinkets Jewellery