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Jenna Kellen
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I am Kellen.
I am an artist, a model, a dancer, a crazy person, an indigo, an adventurer, and a work in progress.
I have been a model since June 2012, and an artist since I was born. I travel all the time and move a lot, but the East coast has always been my home.
My style varies depending on my mood, who I am collaborating with, current events, the weather, what the voices in my head are saying, etc. I tend to lean consistently more towards the darker side of things.
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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.

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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

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Heavy Stone by JennaKellen
Heavy Stone
"I was a heavy heart to carry
But he never let me down
When he had me in his arms
My feet never touched the ground"
-Florence and the Machine

Self portrait // Pompano Beach, FL // January 2016
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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.

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:iconmiss-alchemist:
miss-alchemist Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Professional 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 :)
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morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic portfolio throughout. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Holidays!
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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
Beautiful modelling gallery! :gallery: :clap:
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NigelBritern Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Student Photographer
I like You, Jenna
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Brizzolatto55 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! Used here:
After the War by Brizzolatto55
Thanks for sharing!!! :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) 
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Namco-NintendoFan-88 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jenna Kellen, dear artist 'n model gal! :hug:
Singing Singing Singing Singing Dance! Dance! Boogie! Boogie! Party Airborne

Good luck, and I hope you'll have a great birthday today!
Also wishing you keep up the good work on all awesome modeling work; I love 'it! ;) (Wink) Heart
Thumbs Up Pringles Have your cake and eat it too Yummy pie!

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"N.N.F.88"
11:40 P.M.
Los Angeles, CA ;) (Wink)

Since I wouldn't have been able to do some birthday muro drawings, I got you two extra drawing copies, so...
SURPRISE;
Believe it or not, three birthday muro drawing copies I made, of birthday feet, chibi Haruhi Suzumiya, and Mikuru Asahina wishing you one, so, wishes 'n' luck!
Click on them:
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CatkinSvedka Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday! :heart:
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FrankT Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Have an awesome birthday :)
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Hawksfan4848 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
:D (Big Grin) Hug :love: :blowkiss: :heart: :iconhappybirthdaysignplz: :iconhappybirthday2plz: Party Airborne Have your cake and eat it too
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