Rush: ”My body has been to hell and back”
Hockey player turned photographer Rush Zimmerman loves her body through everything – and despite whatever she puts it through, it still loves her back.
Two days before leaving for the Olympics, Rush Zimmerman injured her knee and was forced to give up a life-long dream.
”The injury forced me to think about a life after hockey. For the first time in my life I was like ‘holy shit, I am not going to make a living out of this!’”.
Rush turned to her other passion in life: photography. After starting her career at Getty, then moving on to fashion photography, she is now working on her own project, telling empowering stories about female athletes.
”I’ve merged the two things I love the most; hockey and photography,” she says.
But for H&M Magazine, Rush Zimmerman gets in front of the camera for once. As we invited a team of awesome women to model our favourite swimwear for summer, Rush was a natural choice – her unique personality, relentless drive and cool look is truly inspiring to be around.
I want my bikinis to fit well and make me feel I could do anything in them.
WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST BEAUTIFUL?
”When I am grounded. When I know exactly who I am and what I want. When I am living out my purpose and when I understand what my purpose it, that’s when I feel the most beautiful.”
WERE YOU DISAPPOINTED WITH YOUR BODY WHEN YOU WERE FORCED TO GIVE UP YOUR HOCKEY CAREER?
”No! It keeps going and going and going. I’ve taken it to hell and back – imagine being my body for 33 years. It has been through everything with me, even though I haven’t treated it the way I should have. It’s mine, you know, and it’s still with me.”
HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN BODY POSITIVE?
”I would say yes, but in retrospect, I was crazy. When you’re an athlete, you have this mentality when you work out eight hours a day. I was trying to keep that up after I stopped playing, and if I missed a day of working out I would feel gross, disgusting. It becomes an obsession. I had to use all that mental toughness I had learnt as a player to shut it off.”
WHAT KIND OF SWIMWEAR DO YOU LIKE?
”I want my bikinis to fit well and make me feel I could do anything in them. I’ve been really simple with swimwear, but just recently I’ve started looking at cuts. I used to be a creature of habit, buying the same ones in different colours. But it’s just like with clothes, [swimwear] is an expression of yourself. Now I totally get why people have all these crazy bikinis.”
TELL US YOUR FAVOURITE SUMMER MEMORY.
”My favourite summer memories are from Northern Michigan, back with my family. We used to have this old station wagon, and my sister and I would take it out and tie a tow rope on the back of the car and I would put on my rollerblades and go flying down the street. It was not safe! (laughs.) We’d go so fast my rollerblades would spark.”
Click here to see the full swimwear editorial – our cutest swimwear for summer and how to style it on and off the beach.
WHAT: Photographer. Currently working on a project documenting female athletes, which she hopes results in a feature-length documentary.