INTERVIEW: VENUS LIBIDO
Illustrator, activist and all round boss bitch Venus Libido tells us all…
Tell us how you got into illustration?
I started illustrating at the beginning of 2017 after deciding to move out of London to focus on my mental health. It was a great way to articulate my emotions and better understand why I was feeling the way I was. Very quickly it became my form of therapy. When I started drawing I would draw personal scenarios in which I had found myself in the previous year. Scenarios including my alcohol addiction, overdosing and just generally not being happy with my physical and mental state. I wasn’t sure if I should share them online until my partner convinced me that what I was drawing was important and others might find it helpful.
Where do you turn to for inspiration?
My Inspiration comes from my everyday experiences as a woman, dealing with my mental health and my journey to self love. I try to be open and honest about the things I draw and I keep a long list of ideas in my phone. Every time I have an odd thought or experience an uncomfortable feeling or situation I document it so that I can come back to it.
Who or what has pushed you to keep going?
My followers. I know my work has helped a lot of people feel not alone with their personal problems. I get a lot of messages from girls explaining how I’ve helped them go through difficult situations because what I draw is honest and relatable.
What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago?
I have a few…
Be more selfish
Being alone is ok
You do not exist to please others
Your body is beautiful, continue to love it
Masturbation is not just for men
Talking is the key to recovery
Everything WILL BE OK!
Who has inspired you the most in your day to day life?
I would definitely say my mum. I have watched her bring up 3 children with no help while also caring for my dad who has a disability. The strength she has to keep going everyday despite the amount of obstacles that have got in her way is truly inspiring. She’s a bad ass woman!
What was it like doing a photo shop free photo shoot?
Absolutely amazing! Firstly I was made to feel so comfortable and the team just made the whole thing so fun and beautiful! For me it is important to embrace who you are and photoshopping is a big NO NO.
Tell us your plans for 2019 so far…
I have a few things lined up including hosting a huge event with my fave girls at Women of Power and Sister Magazine. ELEVATE will be a amazing and empowering day. Full of workshops, talks and brilliant like minded brands. Come join in at the Curtain hotel in Shoreditch for a day of exploring how to find balance as a creative in work & business.
I am also collaborating with a few of my favourite brands this year which I am super excited for. However my main goals are to do more traveling, more charity work, continue to work on my journey to self love and I also have some ideas that I want to film.
Oh and I would love to do another big animation!
Did you make any new year’s resolutions this year?
I made a list of goals and things I hope to achieve this year rather than things I want to change which include;
Move back out of my parents house
Go to LA
Make more animations
Watch more live comedy
Learn how to make the perfect Porn Star Martini
Are you more of a witch or a bitch?
I am definitely a REEK BITCH! I took me a while to find my confidence but now I feel in control and no one one is getting in my way.
Describe your favourite REEK perfume in 2 words…
Sweet yet Spicy.
What are your favourite smells and why?
Lavender oil because it relaxes me and coconut and papaya because it reminds me of being on holiday. I also love the smell of burning wood and pizza ovens.
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