Real Beauty: Uncovered Showcased at the President’s Interfaith and Community Service

Really excited to announce that Real Beauty: Uncovered was showcased at the President’s Interfaith and Community Service last week!  We are making a difference one step at a time! Take a peek how we were showcased.

Refections of the Summer Program

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We had a blast with our students this summer!  Learning about each other and growing into a more authentic self for the upcoming Freshman year in High School.

Our students where all 8th graders making that transition into High School, which I think we all remember that summer when everything was a clean slate.  I remember looking forward to meeting new people but scared that I wasn’t going to fit in,

 

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My Best Friend and I in “that” summer between 8th and High School. 

This year we were honored to hear all about the stories and the fears of the new phase of their lives.  Knowing that we all have gone through the same thing, which I think is the key.  The knowledge that we all go through the same in some way shape or form makes transitions a bit easier.

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I know that with each week our students became stronger!

 

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I look forward to hearing from all of the students as they make their way through freshman year!

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Just Be You!

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Real Beauty: Uncovered at Eastside High School in Paterson, NJ

Yesterday was an emotional day for us.   We finished our 5 week workshop with the most amazing kids.  I really enjoyed spending time with the boys and girls learning and teaching them the importance of accepting our own uniqueness.   In the end I really felt the connection that made my heart leap for joy.  With the philosophy of Growing With The Seasons, I think or at least I hope we planted some seeds for the future.

XOXOXO

Radio Interview with Cristina Maria Rojas-Fernandez for Transforming Gifts!

I was so honored to be interviewed by Cristina for Transforming Gifts! She made me feel right at home and talking to her about how Real Beauty: Uncovered became what it is today.  For anyone who knows me this is not such an easy task because I do tend to get a bit shy when I talk about my personal things.  But I wanted to audience to really get to know me and the reason why this movement is so important!

Before we started she guided me and told me some of the questions she was going to be asking.  Even when we had a little hiccup she was right there cool and collective!  Such an amazing women who I have the privilege of getting to know!

Thank you again Christina for your light and your wisdom!

Take a listen!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/transforminggifts/2015/06/11/live-wdani-allen-co-creator-photographer-of-real-beauty-uncovered

Introducing Nicolette V.

And now, it’s a great honor to introduce Nicolette!

Her Story…

“When I was in high school, my older sister battled an eating disorder. However, the way it came about is a little different than what they preach about in the media. My sister didn’t start restricting because she was unhappy with herself. She was never overweight and was absolutely beautiful. Her stress and anxiety took control of her mind and body and caused her to become extremely underweight. Her organs started failing and she was slowly killing herself without a choice. Throughout the entire process, she knew how sick she looked. She wanted to gain the weight back, her body just wouldn’t let her.

Fast forward 4 years and now I’m in college surrounded by people who have no idea what my sister went through. You wouldn’t believe how many times “I’m gonna stop eating” or “sometimes I wish I was anorexic” gets thrown around in casual conversations each day. These statements would infuriate me because I knew that my sister did that, was there, and absolutely hated herself for it.

From watching my sister fight her battle, I didn’t learn to eat solid meals, I didn’t learn to you have to be a certain weight, and I sure didn’t learn you had to follow trends to be beautiful. I learned beauty is what you make of it. If you’re overweight and feel beautiful, then you are. If you have a six-pack and are proud of it, then you have a reason to be. To me, there is no definition of beautiful. If you feel beautiful, you are.”