“Scars from being teased and starving myself in high school will always remain, or at least I thought until you started your organization. What you're doing is not only changing the lives of young women, but it's healing the lives of adults as well, like myself.” – Christine, Supporter
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Thank you to everyone who came out to support Rewrite Beautiful's 1st Annual Art Show : TELEIOS . For those who missed it, here is a little recap of the BEAUTY of the night....
Everyone was welcomed to CHANGE how they see beauty in themselves and others through viewing the art that was created with the Rewrite Beautiful Vision in mind: "Girls and women are beautiful for their ACTIONS of Creativity, Kindness and Strength."
People were asked to go through the gallery and ask themselves 4 Questions:
1.) Pick an element of the art work that you like most and draw it on your square
2.) Think of a woman that has qualities that are beautiful write down those qualities on your square
3.) If you could choose one quality that the media would consider beautiful what would it be?
4.) What quality makes you beautiful?
Check out how many people responded to the artwork from TELEIOS!
We love reading their answers...
So many BEAUTIFUL artists from Orange County, California participated in creating art work for the show. Thank you!
The artwork by Sunny Siu was a crowd talker....
Jessica Burkhart always impresses too....
Emily Cobett did some LIVE Art for us on a Surfboard!
Felicidad De Lucas, a Spanish artist brought a surreal aspect to women's beauty....
Tom Cutter impressed with his silhouettes....
Elana Grace shared some amazing shadow boxes....
The poetry by Jeannette Encinias blew everyone away...
Welcome to the PARTY at FIND Art Magazine & Gallery....
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AND ...thank you Rich Lander of CHARD Photographer for donating your BEAUTIFUL photography skills! You're BEAUTIFUL!
Thank you to everyone who came out to see the show, volunteer and show your support!
See you next year for the 2nd Annual Rewrite Beautiful Art Show!
Good Night Beautiful!
Rewrite Beautiful is taking our Street Art from the Women’s Pride workshop and going to the Santa Ana Artists Village tomorrow! Saturday, June 4th 2011.
125 North Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
1pm to 4:00pm
We’ll be out in front of the Gypsy Den off of Broadway. Come and say hi and Rewrite Beautiful yourself with this interactive Street Art! Stick around for the Art Walk that starts at 7pm, it’s awesome! Don’t forget to bring your friends, your family, your dogs and your frenemy’s! Frenemy’s need Street Art too! Hasta manana!
Keepin’ it Beautiful,
Partnering with the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival has been pretty friggin’ awesome. Not only have I had the opportunity to see some amazing films based around women’s issues, but I have also had the opportunity to learn more about the film makers behind the films. All are passionate, bold and courageous women, one particular that I find extraordinarily beautiful is Jennifer Sieble Newsom; the writer and director of Miss Representation.
Miss Representation is a documentary about why there are so few women in political and business leadership positions and the role our media plays in contributing to this. The role is dramatic, the impact is huge with the domino effect of eating disorders, rapes, violence and the absence of women in leadership roles. The film is put together with statistics, first hand accounts from women and a solution is presented. Amen for a solution!
The thing I love about Jennifer and Miss Representation is how Jennifer opens the film up by authentically speaking as one woman who is afraid to introduce her daughter to this place we call our world. I love that Jennifer is a former actress who was appalled at the demeaning roles she was offered to play. Instead of just sucking it up and taking the roles, she checked in with herself and realized, “There is something wrong with the way women are being portrayed here. What can I do to change this? ” I love that Jennifer is using the love for her child, her passion for cinema and the connections of being married to Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom to help bring the topic of how women are portrayed in the media to main stream theatres. Jennifer exudes exactly what we believe makes a woman beautiful; a woman who uses the gifts and talents she was given and tries to make the world a healthier, safer place for others. Jennifer thank you for being BEAUTIFUL!
Keepin’ it Beautiful,
P.S. Follow Miss Representation on Facebook here and find the next film festival it will be showing at near you!
Rewrite Beautiful is stoked to announce that we are a partner charity of the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival! We have joined forces with the directors of some amazing documentaries and films that will be shown at the festival, all centered around girls and women’s issues. The amazing line-up is:
Get Real! Wise Women Speak! Get Real! Wise Women Speak features extraordinary women including, Jane Fonda, Nikki Giovanni, Della Reese, Marianne Williamson, Susan L. Taylor, Jody Williams, indigenous elders and others who speak about their journey to the wise woman years and the inner fire that propels them to make the most of their wisdom and experience as they glean from age a greater sense of their own meaning, worth, beauty and connection to the larger world.
Miss Representation - Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, -i-Miss Representation-/i- uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. It’s clear the mainstream media objectifies women, but what most people don’t realize is the magnitude of that phenomenon and the way objectification gets internalized—a symbolic annihilation of self-worth—and impedes girls and women from realizing their full potential. While women have made strides in leadership over the past few decades, trivializing and damaging images continue to proliferate.
We will be speaking to the audiences before the films roll about ways they can get involved with their local non-profit Rewrite Beautiful and change the lives of women right here inOrangeCounty. We will be telling everyone about our upcoming Street Art Workshops and the Art Show we’re hosting the end of July at FIND Magazine and Art Gallery!
We are so honored to join forces for good with the Newport Beach Film Festival! You can too! Don’t miss out! Get your tickets to these shows by clicking the links below the images and come say “Hey Beautiful!”
Keepin’ it Beautiful,
No Beautiful Girl of The Week this week! Sorry, but we're busy preppin' for our Street Art Workshop tomorrow with Women's Pride in Newport Beach, CA. Hopefully this cutie from ever/after will hold ya over! See ya next week!
Keepin' it Beautiful,
Marie is Beautiful because she is: Creative. Marie creates friendships that are deep and meaningful. Whether it be her friends, family, daughter or husband people know that they are loved when Marie is in their life. Marie is KIND, she doesn’t hesitate to speak up and do the right thing. Even when the right thing is really stinkin’ sucky! She is STRONG. She is a hard working mom, wife, sister and aunt. When her family or friends need her she steps it up and makes time to be strong and supportive of the people she loves. Marie could definitely afford to step it back a couple notches and she would STILL be incredibly Beautiful. Thanks Marie for rewriting beautiful in all of your actions. Xoxo Nini Spice
Hey you! Happy Friday! If you would like to tell a girl that she is beautiful please email a picture of the person and why they are beautiful to Irvina@RewriteBeautiful.org
Have a great weekend! See you Monday with some Street Art! Bahahahahahahah!
For inspiration some artist visit gallery’s, museums, lectures, listen to live music… some even purchase little plastic baggies full of herbs and fungus on the corner of 5th and Martin Luther King Blvd…. Yes, all you ear-cutting Van Goghs out there buying drugs will quickly inspire your art work and will escalate you into “Starving Artist” Status real fast… HUGS! NOT DRUGS! HUGS!
For inspiration this D.A.R.E. graduate likes to go running. I was once on a morning run in San Francisco and was totally blown away by the variety of trees up North. Down here in So Cal we have two types of trees “Palm trees” and “Trees” ;) But, up North there is a variety that is represented quite similar to the variety of culture the city of San Francisco offers. From Chinese, Mexican, WASP, European, Atheist, Muslim and Christian… all walks of life are represented. While on my run I got an idea to write a children’s book about tree’s in different parts of the world. I wanted to also feature a person from that part of the world. I wanted to teach children about the beauty in diversity that comes in different packages (and trees.)
That was about 5 years ago. I haven’t gotten around to writing that little book, but besides the possibility of being a New York Times Best Selling Children’s Book Author, I have always valued that run in San Fran. I think because it was a pivotal time in my life. At that time I was starting to feel quite confident in myself as an artist and taking steps to honor the gifts I'd been given. I believe that being an artist is a privilege one doesn’t take lightly and when you are given visions to create something you can either use them for “good” or for “bad.” I haven’t written the “little tree book” eventually I will, but “WRITE” now I got Rewrite Beautiful on the books… and a couple of weeks ago we took a little bit of that vision and welcomed a Tree into our Rewrite Beautiful Street Art Gallery.
We were hosting “Urban Arts Week” at the Irvine Fine Arts Center and one of my fellow teachers, Miss. Ivy had a great idea… she suggested we bring Rewrite Beautiful to the Arts Center and have the kids tell each other and their families what makes them BEAUTIFUL and STRONG on a piece of paper and then hang that piece of paper from a tree. We took old Trader Joe’s bags (Go Green!), cut them into 3 x 9 rectangles, hole punched them and strung them with yarn and voila… Rewrite Beautiful hits a tree in Irvine, California!
I got the privilege of a front row seat to see the surprised smiles on the faces of the kids when they read what the other kids and teachers wrote about them. I don’t wanna get all emo on you (but I will….cause I can) but it was really bittersweet. Bitter, because I’m an adult ( Yes, it’s true… I was informed the other day by my mentee, a 13 year old that I am in fact an ADULT) and as an “adult” I have had a variety of 20 something plus years of life experience.
I have learned that from small to tall everyone wants to be (you think I’m gonna say “LOVED” huh…. You’re wrong! But, you’re still cool! Everyone wants to be…) ACCEPTED… not loved. Because we all know that LOVE comes from a few people who know us deeply and truly. But, ACCEPTANCE… why is it so hard to accept the little boy who dresses funny and has buck teeth? And why is it hard to be patient with the little girl who is overweight with frizzy hair and Autism? Exactly how do buck teeth get in the way of playing soccer? And exactly why can’t you be patient at the age of 8 with a little girl who stutters her words? Where exactly are you in a rush to go? Can’t you Tivo Miley? And why as ADULTS is it so hard to ACCEPT ourselves… buck teeth…stuttering… Autism and all? It’s funny how we let other people give us our worth isn’t it? Even as ADULTS… we’re supposed to know better, we’re supposed to act better, but we fall into those same ugly traps. We have bad goggles that need replacing.
But, then there is the “sweet side” of the “bitter side” … the sweet side always blows me away… You know this if you have ever bathed a sandy, dirty, sweaty gross kid… you’re removing sand from under their arm pits and you’re like, “Dude, Storm Trooper! Where was I during the sand avalanche?” And then half a bottle of Johnson & Johnson later your kid is back. It’s amazing what pure water and soap can do… It can wash away all the sand, dirt and sweat and beneath all of the grime and gunk is your kid… that kid is the same kid that went into the tub: a GOOD kid, just minus the mess. When I see kids Rewrite Beautiful I see them taking a bath (in a totally non-creepy way… I have been finger printed…. You can request copies on the contact page) Rewrite Beautiful cleans up these kids minds of what BEAUTIFUL and STRONG really are. They step away different. I can see it in their eyes, in their smiles and in their posture.
I think Rewrite Beautiful and the tree did a great deal of washing and cleaning during Urban Art Week and I must say… on the sweet side of things… things are lookin’ GOOD people…things are lookin’ really GOOD!
We all know that we are created EQUAL; i.e. head, arms, legs, blood, heart, brain.
But, are we all created BEAUTIFUL?
I have always found it interesting the people I choose to sip roasted coffee beans with… they are always interesting, creative and know how to push my latte buttons. Which usually turns into some great blogs; so for that sake I think I’ll keep them around ;)
So the other day a friend says to me, “Ya know Irvina, some people just aren’t beautiful. They aren’t physically beautiful or even internally beautiful. There are people who are simply cruel and ugly. What are you going to do when you go into a school and ask the kids to Rewrite Beautiful for the girl who bullies everyone and constantly causes chaos and pain?”
I think this is a great question. I think the answer comes down to where we teach kids BEAUTY comes from… as in WHO created beauty?
Our very first value here at Rewrite Beautiful is: ARTISTRY: We believe every girl is a priceless piece of artwork created for a purpose. (not just the pretty ones who volunteer, not the cute ones who are sassy and funny, but also the ones who are angry, vulgar and have gnarly eating disorders that they are active in.)
Now, that may sound good on paper, but I won’t lie sometimes people are rude, hurtful, inconsiderate and I personally would rather not deal with them. When I get frustrated and emotional I have to go back to what I believe is true: That EVERY girl is priceless piece of art and created for a purpose. (Thank God for the frontal lobe!)
This concept works for me because I too am a creator. I’m an artist, writer and founder. From the time I was a little girl I have loved to create things. I had some great parents who encouraged the unique things I made even if it meant taste testing a cake that had the consistency of a cookie, allowing me to freehand paint on the furniture or nearly having a heart attack when I created an “elevator” with a sheet and some rope and tried to lower my little sister from the second floor of our house to the ground floor. I was definitely scolded a lot as a kid, but not for my creativity. To this day there is a delight and a sense of pride that I can sense from my family over the things I create. (Even when I write articles about the matters of sex, love and God that make them sweat.) I would imagine as parents they might think, “She’s precious…a little crazy, but precious…. and I think she’s onto something here… lets see where it goes.”
I try to look at ALL people (even the mean ones) with the idea that “Someone (who I think is God) created this person for a purpose… in fact… a BEAUTIFUL purpose… knowing that I try to think, “Maybe God’s on to something here…let’s see where it goes.” I’ll tell you as an artist, I create things out of love. I want to share them. They may not always be pretty or even good, but it’s out of my love for my friends and family that I make them and choose to share them. I think if I apply this thought of creativity to people than yes, they can ALL be created BEAUTIFUL. Yes, they may be cruel at times, but are they being truly cruel or are they just being STRONG and protecting themselves from getting hurt? They may be dishonest and steal things; does that make them a “bad person” or are they maybe a person with DREAMS and aspirations that are perhaps stifled by their current situation. They may be cold, distant and angry, does that make them an “ugly person” or maybe just a SENSITIVE person who has been wounded deeply.
I think that if we went into a school and met a kid who maybe didn’t “act” beautiful or “appear” beautiful that we could find their beauty. We could point it out to them and I think it perhaps could help them see themselves as they were created: BEAUTFIUL.
What a far out concept huh? Even ugly, angry and evil people are beautiful! You think maybe I lost some brain cells with the accumulation of spray can fumes over the years? Nah! You want to know something even more far out? Tonight (or today) I was watching the meteor shower in my backyard. I’m a sucker for a shooting star! I was sitting in the dark, on the concrete in my robe waiting for something to happen…. Nothing…. Nothing… Nothing… Nothing…. I started to think about my friends and my foes. People I love and people who frustrate me (No, Obama didn’t make the list… sorry conservative peeps) I have been taught by a very wonderful and BEAUTIFUL woman I know named CT that when I am frustrated with someone I should pray for them. Pray for blessings on them of love, prosperity and peace. As I started to pray I saw a meteor shoot straight through the dark sky. It made me jump. I felt that feeling you get when you are told a really exciting secret. Kind of like when a guy tells you that he’s going to propose to your friend and he needs your help. In that very moment you accumulate all the struggle and pain your friend has been through their entire life and then see the amazing guy who is going to surprise her and make it all make sense.
I hope that as I work on Rewrite Beautiful and as you guys join in the ranks of the revolution that we see the darkness, but have the patience to see the miracles…aka the BEAUTY…. I have found in many confusing and cold circumstances that we truly are all BEAUTIFUL and created for a purpose…a purpose that is sometimes surprising!
Hey BEAUTIFUL! So this past Saturday we posted some Rewrite Beautiful Street Art in the Santa Ana Artists Village. The first Saturday of every month there is an Artist Walk there so we thought it would be a great opportunity for some exposure. The funny thing is is not only did we get some exposure, but we got some Rewrite Beautiful PARTICIPANTS! (AKA Freelance Artists ;) ) Check this out.... some Rewrite Beautiful fans (the BEAUTIFUL Anita and the BEAUTIFUL Elana) were at the Artist Walk and messaged me this picture:
This dude Jorge saw our Rewrite Beautiful Street Art and took it upon himself to Rewrite Beautiful for none other but "himself" and then added it to the rest of our Street Art on the tree. I must admit, it made my Saturday night when I saw this... it just reminded me that we have our own ideas of how Street Art, beauty, relationships and careers are going to go down. We plan, we prep, we produce and then the whole game plan changes... to something even better than the original plan. Beautiful is changing guys and I'm so honored to be apart of it. I hope Jorge inspired you to make some Rewrite Beautiful Street Art and share it with the world and us!
P.S. A very special thanks to the BEAUTIFUL Erin who came out volunteered her time in the wee hours of Saturday morning to shoot these pictures! We love you Erin!