Veronica Yoko

Lensed by Sara Lorusso

“Hi, I’m Veronica Yoko and I’m an athlete. The sport that made me compete in many world competitions and that brings me a lot of medals is absolutely my greatest passion, and above all it was my greatest support to win the biggest challenge, the one with myself! I was 15 when, on a day like so many, I was struck by fulminant meningitis. Six months in the hospital, without seeing anyone but my parents, where I slowly saw my body transformation. The most strange moment was when I left the hospital to return to real life … I thought, how will my friends look at me? But it was much easier than I thought: for my friends, for all the loved people, the most important thing was to see me again after a long time, not how much my body had changed! For a while at the beginning I thought :- Why did it happen to me?- But the words of my father were fundamental to make me understand- Sometimes fate tests the strongest people, because they are those able to overcome them!-

Thanks to the sport, the unconditional love of my parents, my friends and my willpower, I overcame all the insecurities, throwing myself headlong into this life full of beautiful things and now, a few years have passed, I feel totally comfy with myself and my body!

I have a very intense life, sport leads me to travel all over the world, I train constantly to get better results. I live in Bologna alone, where I study and go around with my beloved military green Defender car! I have a boyfriend that I love, and I’ll tell you, even in the past I’ve never had any problems with the guys, I’ve always shown myself for who I am from the first moment! I like to go out with friends, make up, and I don’t care if I can not put high heels, I like myself the same!”

FANTAGIRL I AM THE WOMAN I AM is a project by Fantabody in collaboration with Vogue Italia.

The photographic project made in collaboration with Giustina Guerrieri, a young communication specialist who had always an interest in voicing real stories whilst exploring the boundaries of femininity.

An ode to the female body, regardless of its shape and skin colour. A research that promotes diversity as a starting point for addressing topics such as disability or immigration, which are approached with an inclusive, curious and prejudice-free attitude. Portrayed in her seductive uniqueness, every photographed subject has the opportunity to tell her story and reveal her nature with pride. An all-female collaboration where the protagonists are shot by selected female photographers and interviewed in the form of an intimate exchange of anecdotes and experiences.

The project is published monthly on vogue.it.

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