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!”