When Neda Kellogg was a little girl, it seemed like she had a perfect life with the perfect parents. Then her parents divorced when she was seven. When her mom had a nervous breakdown (and was later diagnosed with catatonic schizophrenia), Neda moved in with her dad and stepmom, which she describes as “a living hell.” She only talked with her mom twice during her middle school years and not at all in high school.
Neda was lonely and confused, “like a functioning addict,” with no close friends, despite her involvement in many clubs to escape her rocky life at home. What struck her most at that time, though, was that although she had a huge extended family, no one checked in on her or her brother. She was hurting so deeply, yet no one ever acknowledged what was going on in her life. As an adult, she wanted to do all she could to prevent girls from feeling like she did. And so Project DIVA was born. Read More »