Meet Our Models
I am a wife, a mom to two boys, and a little baby girl. I'm a hairdresser of 14 years and an online hair care sharer! When I was young, I tried to hide myself and my body features. I thought I was too tall, too busty, too big, and didn't want to stand out. As I matured and grew into my body, I started to seek out what I loved about my body and soul instead of picking myself apart. Confidence slowly grew as I was acknowledged for my athletic ability it led me to receive a college volleyball scholarship.
As life went on, sports ended, I started my career and met my husband later on. I also found out it would be very difficult for me to have children due to the polycystic ovarian syndrome that I had been officially diagnosed with. For five years my husband and I battled infertility. I was on several meds and shots and treatments, I had my hopes crushed month after month. I felt so broken physically and spiritually because my body that I had learned to love over the years was now failing me. I desperately tried to seek out everything I could do to change to make my body do what it was supposed to do. I struggled to love myself again. One day my dear sweet husband said..."Honey, we will have kids, I don't know when and I don't know how..but we will. But first, you have to stop picking yourself apart and punishing yourself! You have to quit trying to find the reasons God hasn't given you a baby... Maybe it has nothing to do with you and it's just not the right time."
After he said that, I felt a burden lifted. For the first time I thought..it's not my body's fault. I started speaking kindly to myself and my body, and that confidence slowly came back and stress was relieved. Before I knew it, I was pregnant with my son Lawson. Since then we have been blessed with another fertility treatment baby and one spontaneous pregnancy. Ironically after having babies, I have never loved my body more than I do now! I know it truly is a gift from my Heavenly Father and he has entrusted me to care for it and love it. I am so grateful and proud of myself, and the days of picking myself apart are over. I will stand proud and let my kids see it too.
Growing up I was always the biggest, on my soccer/softball team, in my friend group, in my family, and I always heard everyone talking negatively about their bodies and what they wished they could do to change them. In my head I thought if they think they are big or need to be changed, then I must need to change lots about my body.
Ok everyone, it’s time to get to know Kristie, one of our amazing co-owners for June Loop, and we are just thrilled! She is an amazing mom, daughter, wife, sister, and friend! She is also so creative and capable with everything she touches, but her love for the why behind this company is what is so inspirational. She is so passionate about helping empower women and young girls to love who they are and feel confident. She says it best, so let’s hear her story!
My passion with this business stems from a personal struggle I've dealt with for years. In high school I was an athlete and honestly did not stress about what my body looked like because I was proud of what I could accomplish. It wasn't until my first year of college where my battle with my body began. I started to overly obsess over how my body looked and developed an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise. I became so consumed with how I looked that I never felt like I was ENOUGH!!! I struggled in silence because I was ashamed that my focus in life was so vain. I was in a dark place mentally, and I feared that this would continue to consume my entire life.
The real turning point for me came many years later when I wanted to start a family. I struggled with infertility and was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). We struggled for 3 years with infertility and during that time I also endured three knee surgeries. I felt broken and that my body was punishing me for all the years I didn't take care of it properly. I compared my life to my friends, sisters, and was so overcome with feelings of despair. I remember hitting a really low point and I had the thought come into my mind, "Kristie you can make the choice to be BITTER or BETTER." Finally something clicked and I started a slow and steady journey towards self-healing and acceptance.
Many years later after having my first son I started June Loop. I was simply determined to make a swimsuit that I felt comfortable and confident in with my new mom body. After many failed attempts, and no sewing background, I finally made a suit I LOVED and wore it to the local water park. It was never a conscious plan to make this a business. My why and passion behind all that I do with June Loop is focused on helping women. I want you to be able to see your body, to love it, accept it, take care of it, and not let your outer appearance keep you from your true purpose. I have so much empathy towards any of you who may be struggling in any way, and I want you to know you are not alone. I want to create a community of women in this social media world that are here to encourage and and uplift each other. Thank you for being here and supporting my dream. We all rise when we help each other in life, business, and especially now more than ever we are all in this crazy, messy, beautiful life together.
This quote sums it all up for me:
“As she was swimming in the ocean of wisdom that dwells in her heart, she understood deeply that all was a part of her, that no one was separate from her. She whispered lightly with newfound peace, " I am everything." that was when she realized that her greatest power is, and always was, her ability to love herself."
– Yung Pueblo
We are so excited to introduce you to Shelby, one of our amazing models and friends. She is so much fun! We can learn so much from her strength and the knowledge she has gained through the experiences she has had in life. Let’s get to know Shelby a bit more!
After years of sexual abuse in my childhood and teenage years I developed a real hate for myself and my body. The anger and self loathing was so real. I learned something so valuable as I grew up though. It doesn’t serve anyone when you sit around thinking you’re a piece of crap. I was so busy hating my life/body I didn’t realize I was missing amazing opportunities. ‘Hell looks like meeting the version of yourself you could have become.’ GIRL. When I heard that quote I stomped my foot down and yelled ‘Not today Satan!’ My power had been taken away once, but somewhere in all that I decided to give it away. I couldn’t live that way anymore. I wanted to love myself. It started with me empowering others until I had no choice but to stop and empower myself too.
Loving myself came from realizing when and where I was giving my power away and taking it back firmly and boldly. Claiming my body, claiming my space, claiming my energy, and being completely unapologetic. Sure those hell minions come around, but I just have to remind myself that ‘I am Shelby Jensen, a 10/10 twerker, top notch baker, green thumb queen, and there is simply no one in the world like me, and that is my power.’ Guess what, friend? There is NO ONE just like you, and that’s your power too.
I am a wife, new mom to an incredibly busy 8 month old boy, business owner among so many other things. Summer has absolutely always been my favorite season because growing up I always felt way to self-conscious about my body to wear comfortable swim attire at the pool. It was always shorts and a t-shirt for me. When I became pregnant and had a due date in the middle of the summer I dreaded the thought of going to the pool with a big belly just to get some relief from the heat.
When Kristie asked me to do a photo shoot I was so excited for the possibility of finally having a swim suit that I not only felt comfortable in but also beautiful in! Especially at 9 months pregnant! June Loop’s swim suits did not disappoint! There were so many options that I was able to try on and feel confident, sexy and finally myself in. Since having my son last summer I have been able to continue wearing my June Loop suit postpartum and have still felt beautiful and confident. Finding June Loop was a game changer for me and for my journey of loving my body in whatever amazing phase of life its in.
We are so excited to introduce you to one of our models and dear friend, Jerica! She is absolutely beautiful inside and out, and we just love the confidence that she radiates. We can't wait for you to get to know her and to grow your confidence in yourself as you get inspired by her story. Here it is:
“As someone who used to care what other people thought of her, I decided that enough was enough and I have been able to change this over the last three years. In 2016, I lost over 100 pounds and began to put myself 1st, for the first time in a long time. I have since kept it off and am finding fun, new ways to stay active and live a new, healthier lifestyle. I know I needed to change my bad habits and set a good example for my daughters. I don’t need to be any specific number on the scale or care about the size tag on my jeans. It is more about being healthy on the inside, and more importantly-having a healthy (mental) relationship with myself.
“When Kristie asked me to do a photo shoot for her, I immediately said, “YES!” I didn’t even hesitate at the thought that thousands of strangers would see me be so vulnerable. I take an anticoagulant which causes me to have bruising on my body; that day I showed up to the photo shoot, bruises and all, on my legs, and still had all of the confidence that I needed. That opportunity gave me the ability to “practice what I preach.” I loved every minute of it! It was so fun to be part of a brand who celebrates women and our individual uniqueness.
“I hope I can inspire others to love themselves and to take care of the bodies that we are given- we only get one! Remember, we are only limiting ourselves when we care about the opinions of others. Embrace the skin you’re in!”