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“Introducing” is an ongoing series in which we ask bloggers, activists, allies, entrepreneurs and assorted Bostonians about their inspirations, motivations, super powers and experiences with street harassment. If you know someone you think we should feature here, please drop us a line!
Kendall caught our eye with the headline on her yoga and nutrition site: “Everyone should feel strong, confident, and energized.” The mantra seemed so in-line with our mission that we had to learn more. You can also find Kendall on twitter and facebook.
Tell us about yourself – what are you into? I’m into helping women feel great through nutrition and yoga! It’s truly a passion of mine to be healthy, feel great and help others do the same. I’m also into my squishy french bulldog, spending as much time in the sun as I can, and I’m a huge TV fan.
Define your style: Most days I’m in yoga and fitness clothing but when I have a place to go, I love classic pieces with a twist. I’m obsessed with my black Rebecca Minkoff morning after bag. The leather details and hardware make it unique. Brands that I’m obsessed with: Givenchy, Alexander Wang and Chloe. Brands that in my everyday life: Madewell, ActivewearUSA, boutiques on newbury like Crush and my all time favorite dress shop, L’elite. I like to pick one part of my wardrobe to accentuate and I stay pretty simple with jewelry. Diamonds or bust. Sometimes a few bracelets or a fun necklace. Since I’m downward-dogging most of the time, keeping it simple is practical.
Favorite Boston fact: This one is tough! I love all of the musicians who are from Boston!
Your favorite place in Boston? Charlestown Navy Yard, along the Charles in the Back Bay and Newbury Street.
Have you experienced/witnessed street harassment in Boston? What stood out most in your memory? Oh yes! At my last job I had a lot of harassment in the financial district. I remember one time one of the men pushing a lunch cart down the street started to talk to me in an uncomfortable way and I just yelled back at him “I’m working!” I was more upset than usual because I was just trying to run and grab lunch on my break. I was doing my job and trying to go about daily tasks. It’s very unfair. Another time, I was running over the bridge from Charlestown to the North End and I had a homeless guy totally embarrass me. I forget what I responded with or if I kept running. I just remember thinking “It’s 7am and I’m trying to do something healthy for myself, can I get a break?”
What’s your signature response to street harassment – your go-to Hollaback? I usually talk back or give a disgusted face. If someone says you look beautiful or pretty, I smile and say thank you. I feel like that is an appropriate way of complimenting someone and not harassing them.
Your superpower is… Honesty. I’m not sure if this is a superpower or puts me at a disadvantage.
What inspires you? Yoga, true kindness and other female entrepreneurs.
If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be? With a lot of my nutrition clients and my own health journey, I have noticed how self-image and self-love affect our eating habits and outlook on life. My advice would be: life is too short to not like yourself. Drop the idea of perfect and have fun!
Thanks so much, Kendall!
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