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Sadie Newman of Inner Piece    

Sadie Newman of Inner Piece

Sadie Newman’s modeling career began in London when she was just 15 years old. By 16, she’d moved to New York City. Today, Newman is signed with the prestigious Elite modeling agency, and her portfolio includes work with top brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Burberry, Lacoste, and Gap.

Working in an industry focused on projecting outward perfection, Newman realized that appearances can be deceiving. As someone who has had anxiety, Newman discovered that she wasn’t the only one dealing with issues below the surface. 

In 2018, that led Newman to create Inner Piece, a place where friends and people she was interested in could share personal stories about things they have faced. To date, Newman, whose interest in mental health led her to take a course in psychology at UCLA this summer, has compiled more than 50 of these intimate moments, each accompanied by a Polaroid (an Inner Piece design signature).

This is just the beginning. Newman hopes to one day include mentoring and events under the Inner Piece umbrella and expand her range of subjects to include individuals from all walks of life.

We’re thrilled that Newman is going to begin sharing Inner Piece interviews and stories with The Local Optimist. And we could think of no better person to start with than Newman herself.

Why did you start Inner Piece? 

I’ve been a model for 11 years, and I’ve had a passion for people and what makes us who we are forever. I started Inner Piece to create an opportunity for friends, family and strangers to speak about what’s important to them and to give them a judgement-free space to do it. It’s been beautiful to discover that no matter what we do or who we are, we all have feelings, thoughts and fears that unify us. It’s important to communicate and express ourselves to improve our mental health and to help us have a better understanding of each other. 

In a time where it is easier to be connected than ever before why do you think it’s increasingly harder to understand each other? 

I think that we’ve substituted actual human connection and understanding with the illusion of that through social media. Of course social media can bring us together, but I think that the downfall is thinking that just because we can see everyone’s curated selves that doesn’t mean we know what’s going on beneath the surface. 

What is one of life's smallest but greatest pleasures for you? 

As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that life is made up of small and great pleasures. To me, it’s coffee in the morning sitting outside before your day has begun. The best. 

What keeps you up at night? 

My anxiety is at a high at night. Anything and everything I’ve ever done decides to flood its way into my thoughts as I lay down to sleep and it can become panic inducing. I really have to focus on calming myself down and practice meditating as I get into bed. 

What are you trying to improve within yourself for your mental health and overall happiness? 

I’m trying to change how I speak to myself. I can be so negative with my inner monologue, I would never speak to another person this way so why would I to myself? 

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