Jaclyn Leskiw

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What is it that empowers you most?
Probably when I take a chance on my business. It’s been a real investment in myself and right now it’s this constant wave of emotion as I figure things out. What is it that you love most about yourself? I love that I have the ability to make people feel comfortable around me.

What makes you feel most beautiful?
When I drink enough water. My skin feels better and my energy levels are so much better when I’m hydrated. It’s the first thing my dad says to me when I say that I’m feeling kind of blah.

Who is your biggest role model and why?
Definitely my mama. I realized sometime after high school that I’ve had the wonderful advantage of having a mother who I could look up to not only as a kind and protective mom, but who had a life that didn’t revolve around me. There’s something incredible about watching your mother handle the outside world with such a grace and strength.

Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
Ashley Graham and Iskra Lawrence (the models / body-positivity activists) are amazing. I find their sense of normalcy in the way they talk about women’s bodies to be kind of revolutionary. There’s been so much talk about obesity and healthy diets in western media that I think sometimes it’s easy to forget that our bodies all respond differently to lifestyle and stress. It’s worth it to take time to listen to your body and learn what will make you feel good in your skin. (Can you tell I’ve recently gotten into yoga?)

If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
I think it would be Blake Lively’s character from Age of Adeline (my current movie on repeat). It would be so interesting to feel the immensity of living forever. I also think I would be completely fine being Blake Lively for a day.

Hard work pays off, but you need to go a little easier on yourself. Your life is going to be great.

What is your biggest life goal?
I have so many goals for my life and most of them are constantly changing and very fluid. But what I really want out of my life is to give as many people as I can a moment or two of self-confidence when they look at photographs of themselves. Very few people get the chance to see themselves at what I think is their most beautiful – when their guard is down and they’re in the presence of the people they love most. It’s the best feeling when I get an email or text from a client telling me they’re in love with their photographs. Seriously, the best.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment has been getting a handle on my tendency to worry about things that I know are beyond my control. My dad has been the biggest part of that for me, coaching me through it. Even now sometimes the right words from him can make all the difference. It’s like he knows exactly what I’m working though.

What is your favourite quote?
If all girls were taught
how to love each other fiercely
instead of
how to compete with each other
and hate their bodies
what a different
and beautiful world
we would like in

- Nikita Gill, poet in London, England

If you could tell your 12-year-old self one thing what would it be?
Hard work pays off, but you need to go a little easier on yourself. Your life is going to be great.

What does feminism mean to you?
Self-confidence. In your abilities, in your value as an employee and a thinker … and in your looks. It’s such a difficult place for most women to get to. Something we have to work on reaching everyday.


Jaclyn is a Photographer in Winnipeg, Canada