Our “guest vlog” series continues and we excitedly introduce you to Beauty & Wellness expert, Dawn Gallagher. Her versatility in kindness is spread wide and in areas that include: Author, Humanitarian, Model, Mentor, and QVC Host to name a few. Dawn discusses the relevance of self esteem, empowerment, and always believing in yourself. These core values are ever present in her diverse and daily routine all while making a positive influence for others around her. We share her story……
Beauty Is Our Kindness
Passion is the engagement of our soul with something beyond us, something that helps us put up with or fight against insurmountable odds, even at high risks, because it is all worth it. ~Janet O. Hagberg
I love this quote because to change outdated ideologies and stereotypes is not easy and can take a long time. There’s a new paradigm shift happening. It’s called changing the mindset of a culture in the West that has always been youth obsessed. In this culture we tend to base our assessment of the rights and abilities of others on their age. It hasn’t been easy to shift the mindset of our culture… but we are slowly starting to change this thinking.
When I was a young model, around the age of 25, I was told to throw in the towel and look for another job as I was “too old” for the fashion industry. I remember feeling very upset by the fact that the overall message was that you are only as good as your youth and beauty.
I decided to go to India around that time and volunteer for Mother Teresa (who recently became a saint) to see what life was like beyond the superficial world of modeling. It was such an eye opening experience and it changed me forever. My belief is that beauty is our life experiences, how kind we are to each other, our spirituality and our wisdom. That’s what makes us beautiful. We are so much more than our physicality.
Thankfully that attitude has changed and I just signed with one of the biggest modeling agencies in New York City called Iconic Focus Models http://www.iconicfocus.com/dawn-gallagher/. Iconic Focus models are over 40 years old and they see the beauty of women at all ages and understand that their is no expiration date on beauty. They even have an 85 year old model named Carmen Dell Orefice that still rocks the runway! http://www.vogue.com/13442875/model-carmen-dell-orefice-from-the-archives/
What is your definition of beauty? What makes you feel beautiful?
I love the teachings of Brene Brown and a passage in her book says it all to me .
“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known.” ~ Brene Brown
Which says that daring greatly means the courage to be vulnerable. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but are never weaknesses.
With love and beauty,
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