Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
About Professional Artist Core Member Jenna KellenFemale/United States Recent Activity
Deviant for 3 Years
5 Month Core Membership
Statistics 267 Deviations 508 Comments 94,593 Pageviews

Newest Deviations

Favourites

Groups

deviantID

JennaKellen's Profile Picture
JennaKellen
Jenna Kellen
Artist | Professional
United States
. student of mortuary science .
. body positive .
. death positive .
. artist .
. adventurer .

. professional art model June 2012 - June 2016 .
Interests

Donate

JennaKellen has started a donation pool!
10,700 / 50,000
Like my work? Want to show your support? Frivolous with your money? Donate some points, or check out my wishlist www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wis… Thanks for stopping by <3

You must be logged in to donate.
  • :iconprimalfuryan:
    primalfuryan
    Donated Jun 12, 2015, 2:46:24 PM
    5
  • :iconmlolya:
    mlolya
    Donated Mar 5, 2015, 6:38:40 PM
    200
  • :icondouxpixart:
    Douxpixart
    Donated Mar 1, 2015, 8:26:47 AM
    350
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Deviant
    Donated Dec 7, 2014, 4:35:37 PM
    1,000
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Deviant
    Donated Dec 7, 2014, 4:33:37 PM
    3,500
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Deviant
    Donated Dec 7, 2014, 4:30:50 PM
    3,500
  • :iconkamau123:
    kamau123
    Donated Jul 30, 2014, 3:15:06 AM
    25
  • :iconsecretinside33:
    secretinside33
    Donated Jun 21, 2014, 9:52:29 AM
    40
  • :iconkevinroberts:
    kevinroberts
    Donated Jun 6, 2014, 9:19:45 AM
    50
  • :iconlexxii:
    lexxii
    Donated Sep 15, 2013, 9:17:45 AM
    5
As a very thin model who publishes a lot of photos publicly, there's a topic I feel the need to address. A lot of people seem to think that images of skinny models are bad and dangerous because they are going to cause people to develop eating disorders. This is a total misconception.

First, let me tell you a little about my past. A lot of you already know this, but bear with me. I have this thing called sensory processing disorder, which basically means that I don't feel things the same way as most people. One way this affects me is that food is usually not enjoyable; in fact, it's quite often difficult or painful for me to eat. Because of this, my weight at one point dropped to a dangerous low, and my team of doctors insisted that I go to an inpatient eating disorder hospital so my weight could be restored safely. While I was there, I bonded deeply with many of the other patients. We had group therapy sessions together, and I learned all about the deep dark ugly secret side of eating disorders, how they work, and why they come into peoples' lives. A desire to be thin is usually part of the disorder, but 100% of the time, that's just the shallow, surface-level manifestation of some much deeper psychological problem. It's different for everyone, but zero people with eating disorders simply want to be skinny, and that's all there is to it. There's always something else going on inside.

If images of thin models cause eating disorders, why doesn't every single person who has ever seen a picture of someone skinny have an eating disorder right now? That's because the problem isn't the images, the problem is the disordered individual's psyche. Sure, we all might look at a picture of someone attractive and from time to time feel a bit inadequate by comparison, I think that's normal. That's not a disorder, or a medical condition. For that feeling to escalate into something diagnosable, one must already have the genetic and psychological/emotional setup in place. Pictures of skinny people can't cause eating disorders jut like pictures of disorganized objects can't cause OCD.

I recognize that looking at photos of emaciated people can be extremely damaging to people struggling with, or in recovery from, eating disorders. I, personally, would feel very sad to learn that a picture of myself had upset one of my friends from treatment! But it's their job to choose to protect themselves from (or expose themselves to) their triggers in the world, not mine. Fun fact: I struggle with self harm. I don't ask my friends to hide all the kitchen knives when I come over for dinner. Recovering alcoholics can choose to walk into a bar and have a soda with their friends, or pass by because the drinks are too tempting, but (I'd hope) they wouldn't try to burn the place down!

Please consider this before you go supporting that new law that bans underweight runway models, or make a mean comment about a model's weight online. I think the most damage being done in this whole situation is to the models who have to take cruel criticisms about a supposed evil they're committing, when all we're really doing is trying to earn a living and expressing ourselves artistically.

</endrant>

Activity


Good Morning by JennaKellen
Good Morning

Be brave, be kind, be honest, take chances, fall in love with life and yourself and everyone around you. It's never too late to change, it's never too late to start fresh.

Self portrait // Pompano, FL // January 2016

Loading...
As a very thin model who publishes a lot of photos publicly, there's a topic I feel the need to address. A lot of people seem to think that images of skinny models are bad and dangerous because they are going to cause people to develop eating disorders. This is a total misconception.

First, let me tell you a little about my past. A lot of you already know this, but bear with me. I have this thing called sensory processing disorder, which basically means that I don't feel things the same way as most people. One way this affects me is that food is usually not enjoyable; in fact, it's quite often difficult or painful for me to eat. Because of this, my weight at one point dropped to a dangerous low, and my team of doctors insisted that I go to an inpatient eating disorder hospital so my weight could be restored safely. While I was there, I bonded deeply with many of the other patients. We had group therapy sessions together, and I learned all about the deep dark ugly secret side of eating disorders, how they work, and why they come into peoples' lives. A desire to be thin is usually part of the disorder, but 100% of the time, that's just the shallow, surface-level manifestation of some much deeper psychological problem. It's different for everyone, but zero people with eating disorders simply want to be skinny, and that's all there is to it. There's always something else going on inside.

If images of thin models cause eating disorders, why doesn't every single person who has ever seen a picture of someone skinny have an eating disorder right now? That's because the problem isn't the images, the problem is the disordered individual's psyche. Sure, we all might look at a picture of someone attractive and from time to time feel a bit inadequate by comparison, I think that's normal. That's not a disorder, or a medical condition. For that feeling to escalate into something diagnosable, one must already have the genetic and psychological/emotional setup in place. Pictures of skinny people can't cause eating disorders jut like pictures of disorganized objects can't cause OCD.

I recognize that looking at photos of emaciated people can be extremely damaging to people struggling with, or in recovery from, eating disorders. I, personally, would feel very sad to learn that a picture of myself had upset one of my friends from treatment! But it's their job to choose to protect themselves from (or expose themselves to) their triggers in the world, not mine. Fun fact: I struggle with self harm. I don't ask my friends to hide all the kitchen knives when I come over for dinner. Recovering alcoholics can choose to walk into a bar and have a soda with their friends, or pass by because the drinks are too tempting, but (I'd hope) they wouldn't try to burn the place down!

Please consider this before you go supporting that new law that bans underweight runway models, or make a mean comment about a model's weight online. I think the most damage being done in this whole situation is to the models who have to take cruel criticisms about a supposed evil they're committing, when all we're really doing is trying to earn a living and expressing ourselves artistically.

</endrant>
Noise by JennaKellen
Noise
May everything that has been reduced to noise in you become music again

Jenna Kellen by @blvckringanalog // Frederick, MD // November 2015
Loading...

Comments


Add a Comment:
 
:iconslichoart:
SlichoArt Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
hi, used one of your photo's here, at least part of it, thank you so much for modeling 

Mature Content

The Crow by SlichoArt
Reply
:icondemarcobg:
DeMarcoBg Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
So fragile, but the main impression is energy... Terrific photography Jenna!
Reply
:iconnmwoodcarver:
NMWoodcarver Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Jenna
Sorry, each picture stands on its own. So many pictures represent your form/body in a most interesting way. They pull me into each, did not place importance on you as a person as I looked. Should Have
Reply
:iconjohnstevensartist:
johnstevensartist Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
You have a stunning gallery set....I have sent you a note regarding my traditional figurative artwork, seeking permission to refer to your images, best regards
John Stevens 
Reply
:iconianwh:
ianwh Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I used you here

Mature Content

Take Me Up by ianwh
from one of mjranum's stock
Reply
:iconjennakellen:
JennaKellen Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Professional
Awesome, thank you! 
Reply
:iconianwh:
ianwh Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
thank you!
Reply
:iconmiss-alchemist:
miss-alchemist Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so amazing. I can't stop looking at your pictures. Are you on some strict died or is this just your nature? You are very talented model :)
Reply
:iconmorbiusx33:
morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic portfolio throughout. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Holidays!
Reply
:iconthe-darkwolf:
The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
Beautiful modelling gallery! :gallery: :clap:
Reply
Add a Comment: