I stumbled upon her one day through google and I knew I was on a fantastic blog. Kate's witty yet sensible way of writing hooked me to her blog. I was in complete awe of her, her blog and her writings on other sites. I commented on her blog and she was generous enough to respond to it.
I became a regular reader of her blog and I was sure one day I wanted to interview this lady. Finally, I started this series and the first lady from overseas to feature here had to be her.
I mailed her a series of questions and she has answered them graciously, taking time off her Virgin Island vacation. Thanks Kate! :)
So guys, this is Kate Fridkis whom I adore as a body image writer and as a blogger. She blogs at Eat the Damn Cake. She also writes for PT and The Huffington Post. Though she writes about body image, this is how she says she looks, most of the times.
Get to know her better.
Q. Kate, first accept my compliments on your amazing blog. Tell me about yourself – Kate Fridkis, the person.
Thank you! What do you want to know? I have a hard time describing myself. I'm half outgoing, half shy. I have a buzz cut and I mostly wear dresses. I love food and I'm constantly thinking about what I'm going to eat next. I write all the time.
Q. You often mention about your family on your blog. Your mom-dad, Bear. Tell us a bit about them.
My mom: really opinionated and loving
My dad: emotional and confident
Bear: the coolest guy ever. A total contradiction of things: sweet and wickedly cynical
Q. How did you get onto blogging? Who are your inspirations in the blogging world?
My friend suggested I start a blog. She was a food blogger. I wanted to write, so I did it. Hmm...Autumn at The Beheld and Virginia Sole-Smith are big inspirations. Penelope Trunk mentored me for a while.
Q. You have been homeschooled. This is not a very common phenomenon in my country. So, can you tell me a bit about home schooling. How was your experience?
It's still not incredibly common in my country either! But I know, much less other places. I loved my childhood. I was always working on my own projects. I felt fulfilled. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Q. When did you first start pondering over your body image? What was your first about your body or the way you look?
As a kid, I just assumed I was pretty. I think college was when I started feeling insecure about my appearance. I started to compare myself to other girls.
Q. If I ask you to define beauty or good looks in simple words in your way, how would you define it?
Hmm...Honestly, I don't know! Beauty is so incredibly variable. I actually don't like it when people define it too closely. I want it to be open, and based on all the people I find beautiful, I think it is!
Q. Where do you see your blog 5 years down the line?
I have no idea!! I'm just gonna keep on writing and see what happens!
Q. We women, and particularly in this part of the world, are obsessed with beauty. What would you like to tell these women who keep worrying about the way they look. (I am including myself also to this group).
Enjoy yourself! You're this intricate, totally unique creation. Look in the mirror and name the things that you love. They are there. Sometimes we build our self-images out of all of the things we don't like. We forget about the things we like. So make a point of recognizing them. And if you're still having a bad day, feeling like you will never look good enough, enjoy something else about yourself. Make something beautiful. When I feel bad, I write something beautiful. I create something and put it out into the world. I show myself what I'm worth. It's a lot bigger than whatever's in the mirror.
Q. I would be glad if you could say a few words about Womanatics.
I look forward to reading more of it! I love the bold range of topics. Keep it up!
Here are some of my favorite writings from her blog. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do.
The guys behind me on the train
You big softy
Thanks a lot again Kate.