“Irvina and the whole rewrite crew make me proud to be a woman, proud of my past - the darkness and all of the light that shines in its contrast.” – Katie, Volunteer
Gibson Dunn and Crutcher
I about choked on my scalding hot latte from Kean when my friend said to me, “Why should I care about those girls with Eating Disorders? That’s not my problem. That’s their parents problem. I adore you Irvina and I will always support everything you do, but I could care less. Don't get me wrong, I think what you're doing is cool, but it’s just not relevant to me.”
I rebutted, (and sort of shrieked) “But, how can you say that?!?! You have a wife and a mom and a sister?”
He said, “Yeah, but their healthy. This doesn’t effect them or me.”
I sighed and out of the corner of my eye I saw my friends beautiful wife in the distance a confident, beautiful woman that knows she has value in all the many facets that make her “beautiful”. And then I sat up in my barstool and said,
“And THAT is exactly why you should care.”
With a smirk he said, “You have the floor my friend.”
I explained, “Imagine if your beautiful wife didn’t think she was so beautiful? What if she was constantly talking about how much she needs to lose weight, asking you to confirm her beauty and was so insecure about her physical appearance that she feared food? What if she wouldn’t eat out at restaurant with all of our friends? What if instead of spending her day rehabilitating people to health she instead obsessed about her waist line and bra size? How would that affect YOUR marriage? How would that affect YOUR life? What if your mom avoided you by constantly making excuses that she had to go to the gym and never shared some chocolate chip cookies with you? How would that affect YOU? And what if growing up one of your sisters refused to eat her breakfast, lunch and dinner? How would that have affected YOUR childhood?”
I have had a handful of people ask if REWRITE BEAUTIFUL is a religious organization I say, “Well, yes and no.” We did not file as a church or religious organization because we want to first and foremost be inclusive not exclusive. We know that Eating Disorders are universal and we want the ability to REWRITE BEAUTIFUL to be pen to everyone and anyone. But, the yes comes in where we believe that every human being is a unique creation. Every woman on this earth is someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, someone’s mommy, someone’s aunt and someone’s friend and REWRITE BEAUTIFUL knows that a girl with an Eating Disorder can’t be the unique girl she was created to be while she has a gnarly diseases taking her down.
So if you wonder, “Why should I care about THOSE GIRLS?” I ask that you think about a girl you absolutely adore...A girl who makes you smile....whose laugh is contagious... and imagine that girl present in body, but dead in spirit and I think you’ll have your answer. This is the girl I think about...
Her name is Ever. Ever played a huge part in establishing REWRITE BEAUTIFUL in that she helped the vision for it to actually take place...I used to rock her to bed when she was a newborn baby. I would look at her, this tiny person who was happy, serene and playing with my hair (when she was supposed to be falling asleep) and I just knew that I didn't want her to ever believe that she was anything less than beautiful. It's because of Ever, that I care about THOSE GIRLS? How about you? Who do you want to REWRITE BEAUTIFUL for? I look forward to hearing...
Kiss, Paint, Create!
Yes, the rumors are true! My favorite attorney in the whole wide State of California World Mr.Andreas Meyer of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher has confirmed that REWRITE BEAUTIFUL is "By the power vested in the State of California" an official 501(c)3 Non-Profit! Heck yes! We are official! Our Non Profit Tax ID # is: 27-2688578. We are jumping for joy here at the REWRITE BEAUTIFUL headquarters! We can now bring in donations, grants and sponsors that are tax-deductible and most importantly CHANGE how girls see beauty in themselves. Check out some of our supporters jumping for joy up top! We can't wait to do Street Art with you girls and see how you choose to change the world yourselves!
xoxo, Rewrite Beautiful Woman
Yes! It's in the mail! REWRITE BEAUTIFUL has filed our 501(c)3 documents! Thank you Gibson Dunn and Crutcher for all of your awesome legal pro-bono help! We will be official soon. It's crazy to think the vision for REWRITE BEAUTIFUL happened last summer and almost a year later we are becoming official. Starting a non-profit is a slow journey. The key is to enjoy the conversations, passion and inspiration you gain along the way. As they say, "It's all about the journey, not the destination." That's alot easier said than done. Trust us, we want to be out there doing street art and CHANGING THE WAY WOMAN SEE THEMSELVES, but we realize that if we take our time to cultivate a strong, healthy and honest organization we will be more successful in the long run. Thank you all of you supporters who have been so patient with the process and so encouraging along the way.
xoxo- REWRITE BEAUTIFUL Woman
We're not sure how serious, male, lawyers take being called "BEAUTIFUL" but all of us here at the REWRITE BEAUTIFUL headquarters think they are Earth Shatteringly BEAUTIFUL ! To be specific the headliner BEAUTYS are from Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP ; Jim Moloney, Andreas Meyer and Rick Zakhar are the hard working attorney's helping REWRITE BEAUTIFUL file all of the necessary 501(c)3 documents to become a "legit" non-profit. All of the attorney's we have worked with thus far have been professional, thorough and sharp, we couldn't have asked for a better team to work with! On top of their professionalism all of the work being done for REWRITE BEAUTIFUL is pro-bono! Thank you again Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher you are a BEAUTIFUL firm!