Transformation

pregnancy body
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How Pregnancy Has Helped This Yoga and Barre Teacher Listen to Her Body More

Who I am: Larkin Silverman What I do: I co-founded and teach at Lumos Yoga & Barre in Fairmount. *** “Pregnancy was a scary thing […]

trans fitness instructor
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How Strength Training Helped One Trans Fitness Instructor Come to Terms With Their Body

When I was 25 years old, I lost my dream job. The small queer and trans youth center where I worked was moved under the […]

lesbian transformation
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When This Philly Instagram Influencer Came Out as a Lesbian, Her Mom Kicked Her Out of the House

Who I am: Kate Austin (@kateaustinn), a blogger and influencer who focuses mostly on gay and lesbian issues. *** “The only thing I really ever […]

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This Pennsylvania Woman Was “Almost Grateful” That She Needed a Heart Transplant

Name: Alin Gragossian Role: Emergency medicine resident at UPMC Pinnacle in Harrisburg ***  Philly mag: Why did you want to be in emergency medicine in […]

taylor swift soulcycle
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For One Week, There Was a Taylor Swift Takeover of the Local SoulCycle Studios

“I’ve been known to be obsessed with Taylor. That’s no secret whatsoever. For me, it plays into why I’m also obsessed with SoulCycle, why I’m […]

lifestyle blogger
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How a Philly Lifestyle Blogger Went From Apologizing for Her Body to Loving it

This story has been updated to the specific brand where Emily Tharp worked. Who I am: Emily Tharp (@herphilly) Where I live: Rittenhouse What I do: […]

chronic pain
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After This Archaeologist Got Injured in a Car Accident, Chronic Pain Nearly Ruined Her Life

Who I am: Noel Davis (@parisfitphilly) Where I live: Northeast Philly What I do: I’m an archaeologist and personal trainer. *** I found out what […]

body positive photographer
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When She Was Growing Up, This Local Boudoir Photographer Hated Her Body

Who I am: Cheyenne Gil (@cheyennegil) What I do: I’m a body positive boudoir photographer specializing in confidence-inspiring, natural sessions. *** “I was never diagnosed, […]

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This Local Spin Instructor Almost Quit the Fitness Industry When Her Sister Passed Away

“Last year, my sister passed away suddenly. I have a really cheerful disposition — a ton of energy — and I’ve been that way, I […]

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How Barre Classes Helped This West Chester Woman’s Eating Disorder Recovery

Who I am: Jenna Somerville (@j_somz), 23 What I do: This fall, I will be attending West Chester University as a full-time graduate student to […]

sober fitness
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At Almost 40 Years Old, This South Philly Man Decided to Trade Boozing for Baking

Who I am: Louis Remolde (@louisr4ever, @thesinglebaker) What I do: I’m a full-time fitness instructor at Fitness Works and a part-time baker. Where I live: South […]

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This PA Native Was Addicted to Heroin and Pills. Now He’s Running His Own Yoga Studio.

Who I am: David Hem (@thehealingfieldsphilly), 37 What I do: I run the Healing Fields Philly, a new yoga studio in Northern Liberties. *** I was […]

chef health
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This Philly Chef Thought Her Lupus Diagnosis Meant She’d Never Work in the Culinary Industry Again

Who I am: Karen Nicolas What I do: I work as the culinary director at Main & Vine Bistro in Villanova. *** “Two and a […]

death of a loved one
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What Do You Do When You Lose the Person You Love?

Who I am: Krissie Pannullo (@phillynerdgirl) Where I live: Collegeville What I do: I’m a bioanalytical chemist. *** “Dan and I met through online dating. […]

cancer hair loss
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Stage IV Ovarian Cancer Took This Philly-Area Photographer’s Hair. But It Couldn’t Crush Her Spirit.

Tara Lessard’s hair was long and black before the cancer took it. Or rather, before the chemotherapy that was treating the Bucks County resident’s fourth-stage […]