Photographer: Sylvio Testa.

Nastya Chaikovskaya by Dmitri Chapala

I rarely felt included. I thought it was because I lacked something, and that I didn’t understand the secret inclusion equation that everyone else understood and if I could get it right, be like they were, then I would feel included. No one told me to be myself and let that unfold, which is a message of love and acceptance. There is no easy way to that except living