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    Hello, 2016! Here’s my latest.

    Maybe it’s age, maybe it’s the weather (El Nino, what’s up?), but I find that I don’t tackle the beginnings of the year anymore as much as I just ease into them. And helping me do that in 2016 are my latest segments for Young Hollywood and byline for espnW, the latter of which I had a candid conversation with three-time WSL¬†World Champion Carissa Moore.

    The 23-year-old revealed to me her struggle with binge-eating and how she never makes it onto those “hottest surfer girl lists” — but doesn’t care. I’ve had the privilege of covering ¬†professional female surfers a few times now, and with each story and interview, my passion for the women’s contest only grows, not just because these young women live a lifestyle that a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the world’s population gets to (jetsetting to surf the world’s best waves in the most beautiful locations on the planet), but because the sport itself requires a lot of body confidence to participate in. When your uniform is a skintight jersey or bikini briefs, your body issues can be, for lack of a better word, laid bare. How these young women carry themselves in and out of the water is something I hope all young women — surfers or not — can look to and be inspired by.

    2015 World Surf League Women’s World Champion, Carissa Moore.

    Below, I also got to talk to some of the people behind my fondest pop culture memories from elementary school through college, including Jermaine Dupri, Nas and Kel Mitchell (Nickelodeon’s “All That”) for Young Hollywood. Happy new year, everyone!

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