Growing up, Heidi had a hard time accepting the idea of growing up.
“I didn’t really understand that growing up, we’re supposed to be able to grow up to be grandparents,” she says.
So she decided to learn more about how the human body works and how we can learn to love it more.
Heidi also got to witness her parents’ growth up close and personal.
“My parents were the biggest, most gorgeous parents in the world,” she explains.
“They were so, so gorgeous.”
When she was 12, she decided she wanted to be a model, and when she was 16, she wanted a wedding.
“It just felt like I had to take a leap of faith,” she admits.
She decided to pursue her dreams, but also to learn how to love herself, too.
“That’s where the whole thing comes from,” she continues.
“My parents are such amazing people and I love them for who they are.”
For her, growing up was a “moment of pure, unconditional love.”
“I can look back and say, ‘I never would have thought of that, I never would’ve done that,’ ” she says of the challenges of growing older.
“Growing up, I could not imagine anything like it, and I know now that I’m not the same person I was.
But I am so thankful that I got to experience it.”
Heidi is one of the lucky few that made it to a time when people are more accepting of her choices, like when she chose to grow her hair long.
“The last time I had my hair long, it was really difficult, and it was the first time I actually cried.
I felt like a complete failure,” she laughs.
“And that was the hardest thing for me because it was so hard, and then the next day, it’s like, ‘OK, I got it now.'”