“If I can prevent only one person from developing and suffering from an eating disorder then I have not suffered in vain.” – Robyn, Board Member
I have a love/hate your guts relationship with you female musicians. On the left coast I love your insanely beautiful creativity. Your ability to make me laugh, cry and look deeper at life all in one album is worth sitting in L.A. traffic for 2 hours and paying for a $80 parking ticket. Zoning…ugh…[I have a blog commin’ for you too Antonio Villaraigosa. It’s called: “Save LA! Build a Subway dammit!”] Sorry for the profanity squeakers…anyway, what I don’t fancy about you female musicians is how you forfeit your creativity when it comes to music videos. I have plans to get all Inspector Gadget and sneak into Jive Records and see the ACTUAL rule book that states, “All female musicians under age 35 must make soft porn music video using 2 gallons of baby oil.” Okay, I’ll give them some slack, they’re beautifully filmed. Stellar videography. Cute kids, hot boys, sexy girls and impressive sexual inuendos that result in actually doing 'it.' P.S. It's not inuendo if you do 'it.' But peeps, I hate to break it to ya, but it’s gettin’ old along with the STD epidemic. Is it too much to ask that everyone hit pause, grab non-fat latte, get some creative and crazy minds together and ‘think-tank’ us somethin’ a little more original with a little less baby oil and bronzer? (By the way I get off of my day job at 1pm Pacific Standard time, just in case you need me.)
In case you’re still not convinced this will actually make the 7 figures that soft porn makes, you might want to check out exhibit a - Caitlin Crosby. Homegirl is a phenomenal musician AND human being. Caitlin is using her celebrity to ask people to love their flaws. She is also the founder of www.loveyourflawz.com Check out her music video below. It looks like the kiddo’s like her too. Who knew kids would dig kindness and creativity? Shocker! My favorite is the dude with the sign that says, “I wasn’t aware I had any flaws.” Hottie! Yes, I just said ‘Hottie’. We as in ‘I’ have declared today national “Party like it’s 1999 Day.” Dope, I know.
Good morning BEAUTIFUL! It's a good thing I'm a "Sunrise" kinda girl! Cause there's no better time to put up Rewrite Beautiful Street Art up for the public to see. In between tying art in the tree in front of the Gypsy Den and clarifying with the waiters there that "technically" (proud lawyer friends?) the tree is not on Gypsy Den property therefore they don't have to regulate on my revolutionary self.... I met Jerry.
Jerry's opener was, “Hey I like your art”
I said, “Oh... thank you! What do you think when you see it?”
He said, “I think of strong women.”
I then asked, “Do you think strong equals beautiful?”
And he said, “No, I think sometimes women use their strength to hurt men and that's not beautiful. But, I have this friend she may not be beautiful on the outside, but she is the most beautiful person I have ever met.”
After hearing Jerry's opinions I asked him if it was okay if I videoed him for our blog. He agreed and here it is. I think Jerry has some very insightful and truthful perspectives on the beauty of women. It's always interesting to hear others perspectives of beauty. *Just a little FYI: There is some stuff that Jerry says like“she wasn't physically beautiful” For the record Rewrite Beautiful doesn't believe beauty is in the physical. These are Jerry's opinions and we think he's on to something!
Enjoy the conversation....and be sure to leave your comments and your opinions in the comment section below...now... “What makes a woman BEAUTIFUL?” Without further ado Jerry, from the Santa Ana Artist’s Village.
Day 4 of our series "Beautiful is Creativity". Today CREATIVITY is ROCKIN' CHOREOGRAPHY! I think of dancers alot like teachers, totally vital to the growth of the exploration of the world and deserving of a whole lot more cha-ching $$$. I mean dancers bring vibrant messages of peace, equality, pain, struggle, triumph and joy to life by quite literally giving it tangible arms, feet and heart.
Of course those messages would never come to life had a choreographer not scripted and pounded away the hours to get the arm's sharp and the plies right! Choreographers have the BEAUTIFUL job of not only giving a voice to the message behind the dancing, but they give the dancers an opportunity to use their creative BEAUTY in a collaborative and fulfilling ways.
One of my favorite choreographers is the BEAUTIFUL, Shawn Vitale. Shawn and I were cheerleaders together in high school. While she went back and forth with our coach busting out some seriously edgy dance moves, I preferred to hang out in "Gallery Irvina".... AKA, " in my head" sketching artsy and way too elaborate posters for football games.... meaning Shawn ended up with the job of re-teaching me all the dance moves I got in trouble for not paying attention to or memorizing. Low and behold, today I'm an Art Teacher and Shawn is a Professional Dancer and Choreographer. Shawn is actually in Detroit right now filming Harold and Kumar 3. She is a dancer in the movie. When she's not filming movies, Shawn is still helping teenage girls learn some killer moves and see themselves as BEAUTIFUL by discovering how BEAUTIFUL the traits of HARD WORK, PERSERVERANCE and COMMITMENT are.
Here is one of Shawn's BEAUTIFUL and AWESOME pieces of choreography called Freak Show that she taught to a group of her teenage students for a dance competition. I absolutely just LOVE this amazingly rockin' and BEAUTIFUL choreography! *Now I have to tell all you "Parental Units" out there that the word "Sexy" is in this video below (cue GASP!) Yes Sexy, Sexy, Sexy, Sexy! If you have a problem with seeing teenage girls dance to music with the word "Sexy" in it, I totally understand. I'm a Teacher and I'm way protective of my students and want to make sure they are learning things at an age appropriate time where they can process it. However, as a teacher I also know that today we live in a society where 12 year old girls want to be "Sexy". So instead of pointing blame at whose fault that is I ask that you take ownership of that fact and CHANGE how your daughter sees the word "Sexy". Is "Sexy" about wearing provocative clothes and flirting with boys? Or is "Sexy" about having confidence, sticking up for yourself and your friends, finding your own dress code and deciding what makes you BEAUTIFUL without asking for anyone's permission? Pretty deep thoughts for the opening of a dance performance eh? Think about it.. TALK about it and enjoy the show...
Day 3 of Beautiful is CREATIVITY! I'm so glad I get to pick these posts cause my favorite form of Beautiful CREATIVITY is LAUGHTER! Laughter as an art form isn't easy. Almost anyone can make someone laugh at the expense of someone elses feelings...that ain't the kinda creative laughter I'm talking about. The laughter I am referencing to is people who whole heartily just have joy to share, can laugh at themselves and their circumstances and end up making you laugh in the process.
Danielle is one of those people. Here we were having a very deep conversation about marriage. Cause you know that's what 20 Something's and 5 years old's tend to talk about when they hang out. Her response just made me laugh. Danielle is BEAUTIFUL because of her LAUGHTER!
Hello there BEAUTIFUL! Happy Wednesday! This weeks Rewrite Beautiful has asked “What is BEAUTIFUL” the answer? Creativity! What makes Rewrite Beautiful different is that we don't believe in cookie cutter molds that claim to be BEAUTIFUL. We believe in creating your own mold! Why? Cause we're artsy-kids who like push the envelope and obnoxiously practice our pirouettes in Art Museums just cause we can!
So this week were focusing on all elements of artistic creativity as beauty. Lucky you cause you get to see some of our BEAUTIFUL friends in action! Today, BEAUTIFUL is SINGING. Now if you asked me what my beautiful attributes are vocally I would have to tell you they are #1. Screaming in public just to make my friends laugh and also just in case anyone didn't get their cardio for the day and need some blood pumped to their heart # 2. Talking; cause I love to talk about all of my BEAUTIUL friends and how much they inspire me! But, singing...singing ain't my BEAUTIFUL gig! But, that's okay cause I have other stuff that makes me BEAUTIFUL. But, dude do I appreciate some lungs on a lady! I think singing is such a BEAUTIFUL attribute in a girl because #1.) It shows hard work to memorize the words to a song, learn the tune and beat #2.) The dudette has to have some serious courage to stand up in front of a group of people and entertain!
So let me introduce you to a BEAUTIFUL friend of mine named MacKenzie. MacKenzie is one of my amazing art students and in only 9 years of life has already shared so much beauty with others through her singing. MacKenzie will be performing the song Lean on Me. I know... seriously... if the scenario were any cuter she'd be a cupcake! I love that she is singing this song cause it's just the ooey gooey goodness of what Rewrite Beautiful is about! Enjoy her BEAUTIFULness and please leave your applauding comments below in the comment section.....
Sometimes I listen to live music that is so stinkin' BEAUTIFUL that it literally feels like my brain is getting a massage....
Sometimes I go to see my friends perform dance routines that are so BEAUTIFULLY choreographed that my neck gets stiff, from being so mesmerized by the performance.....
Sometimes my Art students have so much BEAUTIFUL humor, laughter and joy to share that my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard....
So I beg the question.... If beautiful can't be found in the size of your jeans where do you think it's found? Wanna hint? It starts with a "C". It's found in your creativity. The most BEAUTIFUL girls I know spread their beauty with creativity: dancing, singing, laughing, leading, designing, baking, cooking, writing, volunteering and many more things that end with "ing"....
This week I'm gonna show you a couple of BEAUTIFUL girls I love; I'll show you how they make the world a more BEAUTIFUL place with their creativity. The first is Nancy.Nancy is the daughter of Suresh Kumar, the Pastor and Founder of Harvest India. I met Nancy on a Mission trip to India last December. Though she is only 3 years old and could only speak a few words of English she left a lasting impression on my friends and I. Her BEAUTY is magnetic she constantly makes people laugh with her sass, humor and creative dancing. Check out some of her BEAUTIFUL and edgy moves here...
REWRITE BEAUTIFUL LOVES this! Little girls aren't born believing their awesome and "Can do anything" they are taught it. Obviously someone has taken the time to show Jessica what matters and what doesn't. What if Jessica continues to love herself through her teenage and adult years? How different will her choices be? How different will her life be? How different will her impact on society be? What if she lived her whole life believing in herself and never questioned if she should look like someone else? This gets us so amped to teach REWRITE BEAUTIFUL in schools to girls who haven't had the opportunity to hear "You're Awesome! Just the way you are!" Thank you sweet Rebecca one of our favorite REWRITE BEAUTIFUL supporters from
Sleepy Dreamer Designs who emailed me this video!