Lori Harvey made her way into the spotlight at 20 after making her modeling debut for Dolce and Gabbana in 2017. In the five years since, Steve Harvey’s stepdaughter has worked to blaze her own trail in Hollywood, as she built a resume and social media presence through her modeling work. But the pressure was certainly heavy to manage.
“When I was younger, I really cared about what people thought of me and what people thought my body looked like,” she said. PopSugar, reflecting on the insecurity she faced early in her public career. “When I started modeling, I felt like I had to get super skinny because I wasn’t tall. I’m naturally rounder, so I put a lot of pressure on myself to be a certain height and looking a certain way weighed on me so much mentally.”
While Harvey looks fit for the incredible level of stardom she has, the young woman told the publication that being in the spotlight wasn’t always her plan. In fact, she was training to be a competitive equestrian before suffering a back injury at age 18, which forced her to give up the sport.
“It was an overwhelming moment for me,” Harvey said. “I had this plan in my head for so long that this is going to be my life, this is going to be my career. I felt a little lost trying to figure out, ‘OK, what am I going to do now?’ “
She went to college, but soon realized she “felt a bit out of place”. Even when she pivoted to becoming an influencer and model, Harvey wasn’t sure what her ultimate career aspirations would be.
“There’s the feeling, ‘I have to be successful because my dad is a successful giant,’ and of course, wanting to impress your parents and make them proud,” she explained. “Then there are the societal pressures of social media: everything has to be perfect. There are times when I’m not sure of myself or you start comparing yourself to others. You see what they’re doing on the social media, and you’re like, ‘Oh my god, I’m not doing enough.'”
Even today, social media and public life can be overwhelming for the 25-year-old. “It can be a breeding ground for negativity — it can get very toxic and damage people’s mental health,” Harvey said. “I had to start prioritizing my mental health as I got older with things that affected me negatively.”
Fortunately, a budding relationship with the actor Michael B. Jordan provided Harvey with a distraction from negativity.
“Mike doesn’t know much about skincare – everything he learned he learned when we got together. He used to wash his face with a warm cloth and go out , and it made me cringe,” she joked. of her boyfriend.
But even more impressive than the upgrade to Jordan’s skincare routine was the model’s launch of her own skincare line called SKN by LH. It even gave Harvey some clarity on the real impact she can have.
“There aren’t many big skincare brands that are run or were founded by black people or, more specifically, black women, so I wanted to add to that list,” Harvey said. “When the next generation comes along and there’s this little brunette girl who wants to get into skincare or start her own business, she can see me and say, ‘I can do this too.'”
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