Name: Jennifer Schupp
Identify as: Asian American, Korean American, Korean, Adopted, etc.
Have you always felt comfortable in your skin?: No, but I don’t know many who have. I assume my experience is similar to other non-white adoptees who grew up in small-ish towns peopled mostly by Caucasians with small-town mentalities. In short, I stood out when I didn’t always want to.
In addition, I don’t have the lean-hipped, birdlike frame and diminutive stature of many Korean women, so I felt I didn’t fit that mold either. I remember being in Korea when I was a teenager and towering over women and men alike. It will be as close as I’ll ever come to feeling like a WNBA player, but at the time it made me feel out of place. Fortunately, I learned to embrace my size and have been proud of being a “tall Asian” for a long time now.
Experience and aging have definitely helped, too. The older I get, the more I’ve come to terms with who I am, physically, emotionally, and otherwise.
I see self-acceptance and comfort in one’s skin as a journey, so I still struggle with the same insecurities as a lot of people – losing that “last 5-10 pounds,” toning up this or that area, or just improving oneself overall.
However, I do what I can and am working at being grateful for the body I have and for all that I can do with it. I’ve been especially happy to find that being active makes me look and feel better. That’s one of the main reasons I chose to be included in these photos: even though I’m not in the best shape of my life, it’s liberating to be photographed just as I am and (hopefully!) be satisfied with how the photos turn out.
Fun fact: I’m adopted. Haha, Let’s see…I have a first degree black belt in Soo Bahk Do (f.k.a. Tang Soo Do) karate. Sorry, I can’t think of anything else “fun” about myself right now.
Favorite hobby: Changes with the season. I love anything where I can be active and learn. Over the past year, it’s included snowboarding, yoga, barre, boxing, running, rock climbing, and golf. I also LOVE to read and eat!