Today we have a very special guest on the blog today. I’m talking with Emma Mercury, the creator of the well established blog and magazine The Messy Heads. It’s all about self-love, female empowerment, veganism, sustainability, and so much more.
Q: How old are you and where are you from?
I am 20 and I’m unsure where I am from. Munich/Boston/Vegas
Q: So you started this magazine The Messy Heads. Can you tell us a little bit about what TMH entails and how you thought of the idea?
Yeah! I had the blog, The Messy Heads, for about two years now, and we just released our first print issue which is so exciting. My only goal with starting this blog was to be a voice for younger girls telling them they are worth more than their appearance. I had this realization that all of these beautiful girls around me were plagued with self hatred and didn’t value themselves beyond their physical form. I wanted to be the difference, the person that might change a young girls mind to feel that their value lies with their inner worth. The blog focuses on inner beauty the most which is what I love about it. We are not our shell: we are our mind and soul and it’s easy to forget that with all of the current media and publications out there.
Q: What was the driving push that caused you to finally go forward with your idea?
Making the mag was kind of a hail mary. I was at University of Washington studying philosophy but so so depressed. I was working on my mag until 2 or 3 in the morning and then would wake up at 8 to go to class and only be half there. I ultimately chose the wrong school for myself and was withering away in this environment. I dropped all my classes one day and was like ok let’s see if we can make this mag thing work. I put everything that I had into it because I had to- I didn’t have anything else and I had to work my ass off to prove to myself and to others that I made the right decision in dropping out of UW.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your journey to self love
I think that a lot of my inner light and self love comes from my mom. She was extremely anorexic, and didn’t think she would ever be able to even have kids. She always made a point to me that my inner beauty was the most important thing. I remember her telling me over and over as a kid that I will never be perfect, and that really set me free to not be so hard on myself and just experience and explore what I had to offer the world without worrying about living up to an unrealistic standard. I’m very grateful that she raised me conscious of body image issues and self worth issues that so many girls struggle with. Because of those deep roots of believing in myself I feel like I can help other girls love themselves in a world that tells them otherwise.
Q: I love that you and other girls on Instagram are always posting about girl power and female empowerment. What does feminism mean to you?
Feminism to me is strength in female energy and female traits. It is extremely strong to be vulnerable, emotional, sympathetic, creative. All of these feminine traits that have negative connotations in our society. Feminism is a movement for all genders to embrace that side of themselves and realize that dominant male energy falls short a lot of the time and doesn’t enable you to be a whole person. It’s fighting for our right to be fully human.
Q: How long have you been vegan for and what made you decide to go vegan?
I have been vegan for almost two years now! It’s so amazing. As a child I was conscious that what I was eating was an animal and used to start crying if I found a vein in my meat. It got to the point where my parents were concerned I wasn’t getting “protein” because I didn’t eat meat. Then you kind of get brainwashed by the whole ‘meat is a part of a balanced diet’ trope, which has absolutely no truth and actually so many studies show that meat and milk are the most carcinogenic substances. I was actually rereading journal entries as a 12 year old where I was complaining about how gross cheese and meat are and how I didn’t understand how everyone ate them. As soon as I realized that I wasn’t crazy and heard about veganism, I switched. Like, yes, it’s an actual thing that people do! I was stoked! Then I stumbled on this community of people and I realized that veganism is one of the most selfless things you can do. You are helping the animals, planet, minority workers and communities, and your body. I feel like sometimes I look at the world and get so overwhelmed because there is so much I want to change, but veganism is my way to make 3 changes a day with my choice of food. I think that’s fucking powerful.
Q: How do you think ideologies from The Messy Heads can be incorporated into people’s everyday lives?
I want people to follow THEIR path and THEIR inner voice. That’s how you can incorporate it into your everyday life: keep questioning your thoughts and actions. Is this me? Or is this my parents, my peers, celebrities I follow? Connecting more with inner purpose and inner path. We are all so different and beautiful but yet all want to fit a certain mold. The messy heads breaks that I think.
Q: What are three foods you can’t live without?
frozen mangos, dates with peanut butter, and THAI FOOD!!
Q: Celebrity crush?
I literally have crushes on all my girlfriends. I really don’t idolize celebrities, they are all just people man.
Q: If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Byron Bay is where my heart is
Q: If you could choose a major in life, what would it be? (ex. painting, skating, swimming, writing, etc)
Q: Favourite quote?
What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Now go out and do it.
Q: What’s the most important thing to your soul?
Being around people who are rooted in the now and don’t really care about fame is so so important to my soul and to keep me grounded. A lot of my friends are in the industry or have big followings and I know that is where I want to go to to get my message out to people, but they all remind me of my purpose instead of a number by my name. So important to stay true to yourself regardless of praise or backlash. My soul thrives when I let it shine!!!!
Emma Mercury // Editor in Chief