When I was 16, I posted my first video on YouTube.
When I was 17, I did my first radio interview.
When I was 20, I gave my first speech.
When I was 22, I was in my first magazine.
As I have grow older, I have gotten more comfortable with putting myself in the public eye, sharing my true emotion and personality, not masking how I felt for anyone, for fear of being judged.
I have found that being 100% honest with people has made me even more relatable and loved; rather than constantly being that “happy” and “put-together” girl.
Recently, I have been given the up-most compliment of being a role model for young girls. The thought of being a role model is so touching and flattering, yet overwhelming, and in a way, scary. At first, I felt like I had to be always be put-together. Always smiling. Always doing something to better myself. Pushing myself to be a better Devon with every choice or action I make.
To be honest, I tried to be this Devon for a long time. I wouldn’t admit to my flaws, for fear of letting people down. I thought a role model had to be a picture perfect person, with a 4.0 GPA, a plant-based diet, and an aesthetically pleasing Instagram (kidding, but you get the point).
However, the moment I truly became me, THAT is when I became a role-model. I can truly tell girls to LOVE who they are, and I actually feel it. I can preach self-love and confidence, without wondering how to carry through with the words. I have become what I preached and I couldn’t be more happy.
My advice to all role-models – just be you. Be 100% unapologetically you. Be flawed. Be human. Be real. For when you are you – you set the best example of all.