As part of our Future Issue portraits section, we asked Ísold Halldórudóttir to discuss the importance of using your voice.
What do you use your voice for? I use my voice to raise awareness of my size. My body has always been a topic of discussion to everyone else but me, especially when it comes to how I should treat it or better yet, change it. With my voice, I hope to remove the negativity that lingers behind the word fat. I choose to call myself fat because it is an honest description of what I look like, but that doesn’t mean I’m ugly or any less worthy of your respect.
Why is it so important to have a voice? Without a voice, we’re unable to stand up for what we believe in. Your voice can so easily be taken away from you if you’re not using it, which is how we got in this mess in the first place. If you want to change something or be apart of the change then you need to speak up, and you need to do it now.
How do you make a change? By educating yourself, talk to strangers, the people you know and have an open discussion without any intent to be right or wrong in the end. Stay open-minded to what scares you and encourage kindness to the ones around you. Just do it.
What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
I would like to build a platform where everyone feels included, even though the idea that there needs to be one in the first place is absurd. Society always has a way to seclude everyone and divide us into categories, which is something I personally find very degrading. I want women to feel empowered. I want men to feel comfortable, comfortable enough to know the difference between consent and sexual assault. Comfortable enough to know that their masculinity should not be their top priority. I hope in the future that we have learned to communicate better and that we understand that we can all have different beliefs and yet respect each other just the same.