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Hey Beautiful people!
In case you're out of the loop, Rewrite Beautiful just visited Cal State Fullerton and did an awesome Street Art Workshop with the WoMen's Center on campus. Rewrite Beautiful was stoked to be there since 95% of the women who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.5 (See source here.) The college newspaper, The Daily Titan featured a story on us! Check it out here...
Students use chalk to draw awareness to eating disorders
Daily Titan Assistant News Editor
Published: September 21, 2011
The street art project was based on a mind mapping diagram. She started with two central words on the floor of the Quad, “beauty” and “pain,” and participants branched off the writing with what those words mean to them. The words that came off the central theme also had words or phrases branching off them.
The central words were surrounded by a set of footprints that were in the shape of a heart.
One passerby, Brandon George, 23, saw the project and decided to take part. He wrote “nonexistent,” branching off the word “flaws.”
*To see the rest of this article please visit the following link: http://www.dailytitan.com/2011/09/21/students-use-chalk-to-draw-awareness-to-eating-disorders/
I have the honor and privilege of writing for Lifestyle + Charity Magazine. The mission of the magazine is to make giving apart of your lifestyle. How BEAUTIFUL is that?! They provide everything your favorite magazines provides: dining, fashion, entertainment, politics, news, trends…EXCEPT everything has a charity twist! Every article you read and product you see either is giving money directly to a charity or raising awareness for them!
I write the TRUE BEAUTY column for the magazine and this month I wrote on Discovering your TRUE BEAUTY. Check out the article below:
Discover Your True Beauty
By: Irvina Kanarek of Lifstyle + Charity
I was just thinking, it’s pretty bizarre that I write a TRUE BEAUTY column. The name of the column itself indicates that the world is so saturated with FALSE BEAUTY that we need to designate a place where the truth can be found – weird, right? I think so.
This week I read an article that said, “Girls with eating disorders and low self-esteem spend more time watching television than girls who are secure and have a healthy confidence.” I imagine there are two ways of looking at this statistic. On one hand, you could argue that it’s the amount of media a girl consumes leads to her poor self-esteem and fuels her eating disorder. On the other hand, you could argue that her eating disorder encourages her to isolate which leads to TV watching. I can’t see which side has more points on the score board, they both seem to be losing teams. What I do know is whether or not you struggle with an eating disorder, the world is lacking TRUE BEAUTY and desperately needs your TRUE BEAUTY in it! But, here’s the catch: your TRUE BEAUTY can’t be shared if you can’t recognize it. So, what is your TRUE BEAUTY? Not sure? No sweat – I didn’t know for awhile either. TRUE BEAUTY is what you’re passionate about, it’s what gets you excited, smiling and your heart pumping. Some call it: “the desires of your heart.”
*To read the rest of this article please visit the following link: http://www.lifestyleandcharity.com/2011/09/discover-true-beauty/
Hey Beautiful friends!
Lots of workshops in the month of September! We’re stoked to also announce that Rewrite Beautiful is partnering with the California State University, Fullerton's WoMen's Center! Yeah! Rewrite Beautiful will be leading a Street Art Workshop on Tuesday, September 20th from 12pm to 1:30pm. We will be discussing our message that," Beautiful actually has nothing to do with the way you LOOK; it has to do with the way you ACT. Beauty is found in your actions of Creativity, Kindness and Strength displayed in your community. You can either go along with what everyone else thinks is beautiful, or you can be revolutionary and Rewrite Beautiful." The Street Art will be made with this theme in mind.
Everyone (man/boy/woman/girl/child and seeing eye dog) is welcomed to come and learn about Rewrite Beautiful, Street Art and eating disorders. *The Street Art will be displayed in the CSUF Quad at 1:15pm. To RSVP to the Street Art Workshop please see the Facebook invite HERE.
And If you’d like to help us promote the Street Art Workshop at CSUF and want one of our AWESOME T-Shirts for FREE be sure to email: Irvina@rewritebeautiful.org for details on how to get one!
Keepin’ it Beautiful!
Some of Rewrite Beautiful's dearest friend's are ever/after, a premium lifestyle clothing brand that donates 25% of the cost of your item to the cause of your choice. Choose a cause. Change the Story. Currently ever/after is devoted to using 25% of their profits to changing children's lives through three charities and their kindness has paid off because they are now being carried by Barneys New York ! Such a milestone for both companies! We love how ever/after uses Creativity, Kindness and Strength in all aspects of their business and we love that Barney's New York recognizes what a outstanding brand ever/after is and will be sharing them with all of their patrons!
Happy Friday Beautiful people! It is my pleasure to tell you about one beautiful and ‘sick’ chick, her name is Mary Sick! Mary is only 20 years old, but embodies so much creativity, kindness and strength that crowns her this weeks, Rewrite Beautiful, Beautiful Girl of the Week!
Mary has some serious creative flare. First of all, she’s hilarious and sassy, bringing the party with her wherever she goes. Though she may be fun, when she works, she works… when she’s not working her paycheck job as Mickey Mouse at DisneyLand (it's alot harder than it looks people) she is interning with Krochet Kids International. Krochet Kids is a micro-enterprise that employs people in Northern Uganda and Peru to make hats and garments that are sold here in the U.S. They are holistic in that they teach the people in Uganda how to save their money, invest it and restore their own communities. Mary is their Events and Accounting intern. Using her charm and creativity Mary, talked half of the people in her Bible Study to ditch group and attend the Krochet Kids Gala. Love it when a sassy girl uses her creativity for a good cause!
Mary’s passion for Uganda is not only seen state side, but she also donates her time in Uganda. This summer she’ll be going to Uganda with a group of people who will be holding Medical Clinics in remote villages, visiting prisoners, patients in hospitals, putting on a Vacation Bible School at Gulu Bible Community Church and much more. On this trip in particular Mary has been asked to take care of 3 young girls who are the daughters of the leaders of this trip. I think those 3 girls are going to be pretty freakin’ stoked to hang out with such a creative, kind and strong girl who embodies what BEAUTIFUL really is. Who knows maybe Mary will even do some Rewrite Beautiful Street Art with them!
Thanks for being our Beautiful Girl of the Week Mary! You blow us away with all that you do and the person you are! You're BEAUTIFUL!
P.S. If you would like to follow Mary’s trip to Uganda. Please check out this link: http://rockharboruganda.blogspot.com/
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!
Lot’s of girls love fashion and Christy is one of them. But, does loving fashion mean you have to compromise your family and your values? According to Christy you don’t, which is why this brave girl is Beautiful Girl of the Week!
Christy has worked in the corporate world of some high flyin’ fashion dynasty’s like Abercrombie & Fitch and James Perse. However prestige and a fat bank account doesn’t compete with the love that she has for her faith and her family. Being the smart chick that she is, Christy and her husband Gary dreamed up a way to combine all of their passions into one exciting creative vision. That vision turned out to be the beachy-hipster-esque-family clothing line named, ever/after (after their daughter Ever. Who actually also inspired the Rewrite Beautiful vision! Check out that story here)
The cool thing about creativity is it has no limits! Christy and Gary decided to invite others into ever/after by CHANGING THE STORY. With each garment sold there is a “Change the Story Card”. You get to choose a cause in either Africa, Mexico or Santa Ana and change the story of a childs life! For more info visit this link at ever/after. If only EVERY clothing line got on the kindness bandwagon ever/after is leading!
I see so much strength in Christy. She humbly tells people that Gary is the risk taker of the two and from time to time she says she gets scared of all the ups and downs that go into starting your own business. In my friendship with her I have seen her walk through fears, pick up all of her courage to pursue her dreams and not back down from talking about the faith that is taking ever/after to 40 stores come April! I am so privileged to know this beautiful girl, I hope ya’ll are as inspired by her as I have been.
Keepin’ it Beautiful,