“BIT LAZY, BIT DIRTY."
WE HAVE WORKED WITH LOLA ON MANY OCCASIONS NOW, WE DELVE A LITTLE INTO HER TROUBLES WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION AND ASK HOW SHE COPES.
So who is Lola??
Gypsy Air sign (triple threat) who’s away with her fairies.
Apart from modelling what are your interests and what would you love to forge a career in?
I've Gained a new hobby infusing oils and making vegan skincare, soaps and deodorants this year... learning a lot about plants and herbs that benefit our mind and bodies, but still finding my place in the world ...after years of blocking it out.
Whats your favourite tattoo and why?
Probably my most recent one on my chest. It’s a Latin phrase that reads ”amor fati” meaning love of ones fate.
How would you describe your style? I'd say there's a punk vibe would you agree? How has your style evolved over the years?
Bit lazy, bit dirty. It changes all the time
Are there any models, designers, photographers that you dream of working with in the future?
Tell us about your best shoot to date?
Hahaha... but I don’t want to miss anyone out???
How would you describe yourself in one word?
You've battled with alcohol and d**g dependancy over the years could you tell us about your triggers, how you deal with it and if you have any advise for people suffering the same battles.
I’m not so bad with triggers anymore but when I go through manic episodes and stress it can be challenging. Managing thoughts is a big one. A lot in recovery will understand how deceptive the brain can be in thinking one or two will be “okay”...But in reality we know it’s actually at these times we should be even more mindful of our thoughts. Which ones are true to us and which ones are not. That one has taken a good two years to grasp! Ways to help? Exercise exercise exercise... preferably something that pushes you further each time... Or taking the opposite approach with stillness. Meditation/journaling/painting. Also found that as soon as I shifted my perspective things got better. Life got easier when I started to challenge it and take everything as a lesson... “good or bad”. I remember at the start of my recovery journey an ex partner of mine blessed me with the quote “this too shall pass” ..I’ve been dancing with the freedom of impermanence ever since.
P.S My life’s deal was alotta trauma (rewarded with a lot of growth) and I’ve worked with a range of different ways of healing from plant medicines (which I still work with today) to virtual reality (working with the subconscious) and EMDR therapy (alottt of inner child work!!!) so i’m open to giving anyone any information (recommendations for therapists etc) if they need it.
Do you think that for you personally mental health is a consequence/side effect of d**g and alcohol abuse? Or would you say it's actually the opposite and led to drug and alcohol abuse?
I think they can both play a part in it. You can’t use or take from these tools and not expect them to take anything back, right? I mostly do think it stemmed from the latter though, personally. Childhood traumas can bite us in the ass and I was sick of getting bitten. Which led to escapism, which also lead to comfort and then later mental and physical addiction. The issue for myself was that I was carrying a lot of guilt and shame from events that had happened to me as a child, emotional and sex**l. But through therapy I learnt how to healthily process, understand and accept these events as experiences that can help me grow and learn. And to then apply the same knowledge learnt to help guide others going through the same situations. But it is hard work...otherwise everyone would be doing it.
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