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Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Alanna Wall

fff-Alanna-Wall Most young girls enjoy pampering themselves, and enjoy a little bit of glitter.

But today’s Fabulous Friday Female took her own love of everything sparkly and decided she wanted to share it with others.

At the age of 10 Alanna Wall decided that she wanted to use her love of art and nail polish to help others, so she started PolishedGirlz.org, a non-profit organisation that invites young girls to volunteer to polish the nails of girls with special needs or that are hospitalised.PolishedLogo

Three years later and there are over 125 volunteers offering nail polish services to cheer up girls in hospital or with special needs in a number of states.

Check out Alanna’s appearance on the Ellen show, which resulted in an amazing surprise for her…

Alanna is definitely a girl after my own heart, wanting to bring a bit of sparkle into other people’s lives and sharing her gifts to help others in her community.

So today I would like you to join me in celebrating Alanna and the work she is doing to both bring some sparkle to others and inspire other young women to do something to help others who could use a little glitter in their lives.

To find out more, to learn how to volunteer or to donate visit http://polishedgirlz.org/

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women and men who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female (or Fellow!), then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow? (Her / his name and location in the world)
  • Why is she / he a Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow to YOU? (How do you know her / him? What does she / he do? In what way is she / he inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her / him online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU. …and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Jade Beall

Fabulous Friday Female Jade BeallMany women are left with scars, stretch marks, and loose skin after giving birth. It’s a reality that women themselves often try to hide and the media never wants to show. But one photographer is on a mission to redefine the idea of the beautiful woman’s body.

One day early last year, Jade Beall – a new mother based in Tucson, Arizona – went into her studio with her five-week-old baby, stripped off, and took a series of photos.

It was a body she wasn’t really familiar with. There were bumps and lumps that she had never had before her pregnancy. And she didn’t much like what she saw.

But she decided to post the pictures on her photography blog – keen to share with others a side of motherhood that tends to be kept out of view.

The media is full of images of women’s bodies. But not these kinds of bodies.

“So many people tell me, ‘Oh, I’ve never seen a body like that,'” says Beall.

“I want people not to have to react as ‘You’re gross,’ but instead ‘Oh, that’s a woman who is incredibly human, or that’s a woman who has scars and lines with stories to tell.’

“My goal is to help these mothers feel worthy of being called beautiful.”

Soon after, Beall posted a photo on Facebook of the softly dimpled stomach of a friend of hers, with her two young children nestling up to her lovingly.

It went viral. Emails started flooding in, and hundreds of women wrote in to say they too wanted pictures taken of their post-pregnancy bodies.

Beall has now photographed more than 70 mothers who will appear in an forthcoming book, A Beautiful Body, due out in January. She uses no make-up artists, and there’s no touching up or airbrushing.

“When she sent me the first pictures via email after the shoot, I remember getting this cold, sweaty feeling,” says Nicole Meade, one of the women who volunteered to be photographed.

Most women who have taken part are deeply self-conscious about their bodies, and Nicole is no exception.

Ever since having her first child, she has tried to hide her stomach. A bikini on the beach would be out of the question.

Terrified, but determined to take up the challenge, Meade took her three sons to the photo shoot, and wanted them to be part of it too.

“I asked the boys, and they were like, ‘Um, well what’s the point of it?’ And I told them you would be doing this for all your female cousins, and the girls you might one day date or marry, and your own daughters – because there is nothing like this out there for us,” she says.

“I like the idea that my children will have a real sense of what their wives might look like when they are done having children.

“There should be nothing shocking or disturbing about a picture like that,” she says.

Jade says many of her clients don’t like the images at first, and focus on what they see as blemishes or problem areas – a roll of fat, a wrinkle, a stretch mark.

But she says the more they look, the more they start to see the beauty in the images.

Christina Berry, who took part in the book, says she has always struggled to embrace her body, but the shoot left her filled with a new confidence.

“It’s still a work in progress. I’m not going to say that every day I 100% feel the sexiest and the most confident,” she says.

“But I remember what I did and I go and look at my pictures and I say ‘Wow, I am beautiful!'”

Her husband Chris says men tend to have only the most superficial conversations among themselves about the way their partners’ bodies have, or might, change after pregnancy – and are largely unprepared for the reality.

“Seeing the pictures and then also seeing other women’s pictures, it led me to think, ‘Man, I’m kind of an ass for not recognising what the real, important things are when it comes to her physical appearance.’

“It’s what she’s done, and why she has those scars. I don’t have to bear any of that – and she does.

“I think these women are powerful. I think my wife is incredible, and I think that was something that I needed to see and needed to understand. And I hope the pictures continue to do that for other men.”

Jade was delighted when she googled “beautiful body” the other day and she saw what popped up.

“My black and white images are sprawled through all these airbrushed photographs.

“And I took such delight. It was like, ‘Oh gosh, it’s happening!'”

Check out A Beautiful Body Project here:

So today I would like you to join me in honouring and celebrating Jade and the powerful work she is doing for herself and other women around the world, helping them to see the beauty in their bodies…to see that the airbrushed images we are force-fed in the media are as fictional as Santa Claus…and that a real woman in all her glory is more beautiful by far.

Original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23276432

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women and men who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female (or Fellow!), then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow? (Her / his name and location in the world)
  • Why is she / he a Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow to YOU? (How do you know her / him? What does she / he do? In what way is she / he inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her / him online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU. …and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Malala Yousafzai

Fabulous Friday Female Malala YousafzaiThere are people in this world who believe that women are an inferior gender, and do not deserve an education.

There are people in this world who will threaten, maim and even kill to protect and perpetuate this belief.

There are areas in the world where girls have been banned from attending school.

…but there is a strong, determined voice speaking out against them.

Malala Yousafzai was adamant about her right to an education.  She didn’t care if she had to sit on the floor all she wanted was to be able to learn.

She spoke out, she continued to attend school and she even shared through the BBC her beliefs about the Taliban’s rule and the right of every person to an education.

The louder her voice echoed around the world, the stronger the threats against her became.

Most people when faced with intimidation from a frightening group of people blatantly and explicitly threatening their life would at the very least question their ongoing course of action.  Many I’m sure would turn down the volume on their protests or even become silent, at least for a period of time.

But Malala was undeterred, remaining true to her firm belief that every person had a right to be educated, herself included.

Then in October 2012, when Malala was only 12 years old, the threats became a reality.

Fabulous Friday Female Mahala YousafzaiMalala was on the way home from school when Taliban gunmen stopped the bus she was on, and opened fire.  She was shot at point blank range in the head.

Following several days where she was unconscious and her condition critical, she improved enough to be air lifted to the UK where her recovery was nothing short of miraculous.

Incredibly even though she had been inches from death, Malala’s indomitable spirit was not shaken.

She was as determined as ever to continue on her mission to ensure that every child on the planet receives an education….no mean feat given that there are currently 61 million around the world who currently do not.

Today is Malala’s 16th birthday, and how is she celebrating?  A music concert? A dinner out with her friends? A sweet sixteen party? No.

malala_yousufzai_aphotoToday Malala Yousafzai is celebrating by addressing the UN in New York, urging the world to give every child an education.  She will be presenting them with a petition that over 3 million people have signed supporting her cause.

…this week alone over 500,000 people have added their names to a new petition raising their voices in support of this courageous girl and the message she is determined to share with the world.  To add your name to the petition, simply visit: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/every_child_in_school_global/?dLLxTbb

Already named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize and the recipient of Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize, today has now been marked as Malala Day in her honour.

Please take the time to watch these short videos telling Malala’s story:

So today I would like you to join me in honouring and celebrating Malala, her courage, her spirit, her inspiration to so many around the world, showing the power of a single voice sharing a powerful truth against incredible odds.  This cause is not Malala’s, it is the responsibility of all of us, to ensure that every child has the opportunity to an education.  I hope Malala has inspired you as much as she has inspired me.

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women and men who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female (or Fellow!), then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow? (Her / his name and location in the world)
  • Why is she / he a Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow to YOU? (How do you know her / him? What does she / he do? In what way is she / he inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her / him online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU. …and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

Today’s Fabulous Friday Fellow is Kute Blackson

FFF Kute BlacksonToday is only the second time ever that we’ve featured a Fabulous Friday Fellow…but when I read the open letter to all women that Kute Blackson shared earlier this year, I wanted to make sure that every woman I know (and even those I don’t) had the opportunity to read it too.

I normally share the reasons why someone is featured as a Fabulous Friday Female or Fellow…but this week I don’t need to.

No, I just need to share Kute’s words…and you’ll soon understand why…

So here it is…Kute Blackson’s message to women everywhere.  Read his words, allow yourself to receive them, allow yourself to absorb them, allow yourself to feel them with every fiber of your being:

My Dear,

You are priceless.

In our culture today, the real value of the feminine has been far undervalued and under-appreciated.

We tend to value things that we can touch, see, or understand with our logical mind.

But the real essence of who you are as woman is beyond form, dancing in the unseen, intangible realms.

The magic of the feminine is your mystery.

As a woman, one of your gifts is your profound intuition. You sense, see, and feel things beyond the physical. You know things way in advance. People may call you crazy, unreasonable, even unrealistic, but know that nothing revolutionary was created by dreaming small and buying into limitations.

We need your feminine gifts now on this planet more than ever in human history. We need your vision and your multidimensional sensitivity.

You as a woman have that magical ability to breathe life into something where there was nothing and give it form.

There is a reason that when you love, you light up a room.

There is a reason that when you give yourself to your man and support him with your heart’s devotion, his entire life transforms and even his income increases.

Your value is not in how you look, how much you weigh, how nice your skin is, whether you have no wrinkles or cellulite. Just you being an openhearted, radiant, blessing force of love…you are the gift in itself.

Just you allowing your soul-shine to smile upon all those you come in contact with is grace.

So, never sell your heart, body, or soul for love. The love you will get this way isn’t real.

Stay true to who you are and your inner knowing. This is one of the greatest gifts you can give us as men: Your authentic heart’s offering. If you aren’t you because you want us to love you, then we don’t really have YOU anyways.

You being fully self-expressed as the feminine is the gift.

There is nothing you need to DO and nothing you need to prove. I know we live in a culture where doing is worshiped, but know that just your presence is everything.

As a woman, you are a profound alchemical portal of transformation for us men. You are a Universe of infinite wonder where all of life exists.

Do you really know the power you have in the depth of your heart to move universes with simply the blink of an eye or a smile?

Do you really know the power you have to resurrect a life and give hope just with your compassion and care?

Do you really know the power you have to shape the future of humanity with the way you love a child?

Do you really know the power you have to inspire, so much so that a man built the Taj Mahal for his wife, who was dead!

Out of you, we are all birthed. For every human being alive, you were our first home for nine months. Out of you, we were literally formed and came into this world. Without you, we wouldn’t be.

And with you, we are more alive.

With you, I feel like I can touch the skies.

With you, there is nothing I cannot do.

I see you.

I honor you.

I love you.

Love.Now

Kute

(See here for the original post: http://www.positivelypositive.com/2013/04/27/a-letter-to-women/)

So today I would like you to join me in honouring and celebrating Kute and his words to women everywhere.  I hope that you allow the message he is sharing to resonate through every cell in your body, allow it to open your heart, and allow it to feed your soul.  Know that what he is saying is authentic, honest truth, and meant for you.

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women and men who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female (or Fellow!), then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow? (Her / his name and location in the world)
  • Why is she / he a Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow to YOU? (How do you know her / him? What does she / he do? In what way is she / he inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her / him online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU. …and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Balpreet Kaur

FFF - Balpreet KaurEarlier this week I saw a story that was truly inspirational, the story of Balpreet Kaur and her experience with a “Reddit” user.

A Reddit user going by the handle “european_douchebag” posted a surreptitious photo (seen below) of a Sikh woman with the caption “i’m not sure what to conclude from this.” The user’s apparent confusion stems from the fact that the woman—bound by her religion not to cut her hair or alter her body—has an abundance of dark, untrimmed facial hair. The mind of european_douchebag was SO INCREDIBLY BLOWN by the fact that women have hair on their bodies—and, yes, faces—and that some women are bold, self-assured, and pious enough not to cave to western beauty standards (and gender expectations), there was nothing for him to do but post her photo online and wait for the abuse to flood in.

But then something totally lovely and unexpected happened. The woman in the photo responded:

Balpreet Kaur

“Hey, guys. This is Balpreet Kaur, the girl from the picture. I actually didn’t know about this until one of my friends told on facebook. If the OP wanted a picture, they could have just asked and I could have smiled However, I’m not embarrased or even humiliated by the attention [negative and positve] that this picture is getting because, it’s who I am. Yes, I’m a baptized Sikh woman with facial hair. Yes, I realize that my gender is often confused and I look different than most women.

However, baptized Sikhs believe in the sacredness of this body – it is a gift that has been given to us by the Divine Being [which is genderless, actually] and, must keep it intact as a submission to the divine will. Just as a child doesn’t reject the gift of his/her parents, Sikhs do not reject the body that has been given to us. By crying ‘mine, mine’ and changing this body-tool, we are essentially living in ego and creating a seperateness between ourselves and the divinity within us. By transcending societal views of beauty, I believe that I can focus more on my actions.

My attitude and thoughts and actions have more value in them than my body because I recognize that this body is just going to become ash in the end, so why fuss about it? When I die, no one is going to remember what I looked like, heck, my kids will forget my voice, and slowly, all physical memory will fade away. However, my impact and legacy will remain: and, by not focusing on the physical beauty, I have time to cultivate those inner virtues and hopefully, focus my life on creating change and progress for this world in any way I can. So, to me, my face isn’t important but the smile and the happiness that lie behind the face are.

So, if anyone sees me at OSU, please come up and say hello. I appreciate all of the comments here, both positive and less positive because I’ve gotten a better understanding of myself and others from this. Also, the yoga pants are quite comfortable and the Better Together tshirt is actually from Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that focuses on storytelling and engagement between different faiths. I hope this explains everything a bit more, and I apologize for causing such confusion and uttering anything that hurt anyone.”

And then, THEN, something even more miraculous happened—the original poster apologized:

“I know that this post ISN’T a funny post but I felt the need to apologize to the Sikhs, Balpreet, and anyone else I offended when I posted that picture. Put simply it was stupid. Making fun of people is funny to some but incredibly degrading to the people you’re making fun of. It was an incredibly rude, judgmental, and ignorant thing to post.

/r/Funny wasn’t the proper place to post this. Maybe /r/racism or /r/douchebagsofreddit or /r/intolerance would have been more appropriate. Reddit shouldn’t be about putting people down, but a group of people sending cool, interesting, or funny things. Reddit’s been in the news alot lately about a lot of cool things we’ve done, like a freaking AMA by the president. I’m sorry for being the part of reddit that is intolerant and douchebaggy. This isn’t 4chan, or 9gag, or some other stupid website where people post things like I did. It’s fucking reddit. Where some pretty amazing stuff has happened.

I’ve read more about the Sikh faith and it was actually really interesting. It makes a whole lot of sense to work on having a legacy and not worrying about what you look like. I made that post for stupid internet points and I was ignorant.

So reddit I’m sorry for being an asshole and for giving you negative publicity.
Balpreet, I’m sorry for being a closed minded individual. You are a much better person than I am
Sikhs, I’m sorry for insulting your culture and way of life.
Balpreet’s faith in what she believes is astounding.”

Original Article: http://jezebel.com/5946643/reddit-users-attempt-to-shame-sikh-woman-get-righteously-schooled

Seeing a young woman who is so self assured, and confident in who she is that she has the power to be able to help someone who was blinded by ignorance to see the beauty and power of being who you are, and loving yourself, as you are, has touched many people.  

So today I would like you to join me in honouring and celebrating Balpreet, who is showing the power of loving yourself, regardless of what anyone else has to say about you…and I hope that she inspires many other women to do the same.

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women and men who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female (or Fellow!), then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow? (Her / his name and location in the world)
  • Why is she / he a Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow to YOU? (How do you know her / him? What does she / he do? In what way is she / he inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her / him online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU. …and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Francesca Martinez

Fabulous Friday Female Francesca MartinezLast week my whole family was struck down with a very nasty stomach virus.  I ended up spending much of the week sat on the sofa with my Mum watching TV while we felt a little sorry for ourselves.

Now I don’t normally watch daytime TV…but at one point we flicked over to Loose Women…and I’m so glad we did.

Because the guest on show was the awesome Francesca Martinez.

Before last week I’d never heard of her before…but I loved her.

Her style, her message, her humour was just fabulous.

You see Francesca Martinez is a self-proclaimed ‘Wobbly Woman’.  Where other people would describe her by a condition (cerebral palsy) she has reclaimed and renamed herself in a way that works for her….as Francesca puts it Wobbly is much cooler…and it’s much easier to say!

…and as she says, we’re all a little wobbly sometimes in our own ways.

As a writer, actress and Stand-Up (or as Francesca might say sit-down) comedian she is hugely entertaining…but her frank, honest and beautifully real reflections on life, and her approach to living it are inspirational.

Having also lost a lot of confidence through my time at an all girls school the impact that had on my own personal journey (if you’ve read my “About” page, you’ll know what I’m talking about)…I related so much to what she shared.

I could write a whole lot more about why I resonated so much with her…but I’d rather you get to enjoy the experience yourself, first hand.  So here is the interview I saw with her that inspired me to name her as this week’s Fabulous Friday Female:

I love that she’s challenging the concepts of normality, labels and the pressures that women experience in life….something you know is very dear to my heart.

I would have loved to have made it to her show in London this week “What the *** is normal?” and hope to catch it later in the year, if you’d like to see her then pop along here to pick up your tickets.

…and if like me you’d like to support and sign the WOW petition that Francesca is championing agains the government cuts on disability, then you can find it here: https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/43154

So today I would like you to join me in honouring and celebrating Francesca, she may say that between sleep, Facebook and Twitter she only has about 30% of the day left…but she’s enjoying and doing more to inspire others with that 30% than a lot of people do with the other 70.

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women and men who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female (or Fellow!), then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow? (Her / his name and location in the world)
  • Why is she / he a Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow to YOU? (How do you know her / him? What does she / he do? In what way is she / he inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her / him online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU. …and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Olivia Encarnacion!

FFF Olivia EncarnacionToday’s Fabulous Friday Female, Olivia Encarnacion, holds a very special place in my heart, as she is the daughter of a dear friend of mine, and a true inspiration for young people everywhere.

Olivia is really giving people “Food for Thought”.

In 2010 in order to teach the true meaning of Thanks & Giving (Thanksgiving) 5 year old Olivia and
her parents set out to help those less fortunate during this time of family and celebration.

FFF Olivia Encarnacion

The initial goal was to raise enough funds to feed four families with a complete Thanksgiving meal. But after Olivia spoke to her parents, they quickly came to the agreement to increase their goal to ten families.

Olivia’s philosophy was “If we are going to help people we should try to help more people”.

By the time the project was finished they had raised enough funds and collected enough food to feed 34 families a complete dinner for Thanksgiving followed in 2011 with 54 more.  Unfortunately the devastation of hurricane Sandy in 2012 prevented them from running the project last year…but they are determined to make up for it in 2013!

FFF Olivia EncarnacionIn May of this year the Congressman Timothy Bishop requested that a US flag be raised and flown over the United State Capitol in Washington DC to honor Olivia in her commitment to community service.

Since the last Food For Thought Project Olivia and family have volunteered in other projects such as painting rooms at a children’s hospital and helping with the Halloween trick or trunk for less fortunate children as well as helping prep tables at a food pantry.

Olivia, now 7 years old, is expected to receive a special award from her school for going above and beyond in helping a fellow classmate, who has recently migrated to the US from Asia. She has helped her fellow classmate not only acclimate socially but also academically.  Her parents Patricia and Joe both hold positions on the boards of advisors for the Junior League and

FFF Olivia Encarnacion

the Salvation Army, and are incredibly proud of the work their daughter is doing to help others in her community.

Olivia is now passing along this commitment to helping others to her 1 year old brother Lucas as they prepare for “Food For Thought 2013”.

So today I would like you to join me in honouring and celebrating Olivia and her family for her heart-centered and inspiring dedication to helping others around her…I hope that she inspires many other young children to be the change they wish to see in the world.

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women and men who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female (or Fellow!), then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow? (Her / his name and location in the world)
  • Why is she / he a Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow to YOU? (How do you know her / him? What does she / he do? In what way is she / he inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her / him online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU. …and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Anna Akbari

Fabulous Friday Female Anna AkbariToday’s Fabulous Friday Female is Anna Akbari.

As I mentioned when I started doing the Fabulous Friday Female, this project is a group effort and I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate not just the women who inspire me, but also those who inspire YOU.

So a huge thanks goes out to Katrina G who stepped forward and asked me to feature Anna Akbari as one of our Fabulous Friday Females as she is someone who she considers a powerful yet feminine woman.

Here’s what Katrina had to say about Anna:

Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU?

Dr. Anna Akbari is a serial entrepreneur committed to living and working interdisciplinarily. On any given day, she can be found moving between roles as an academic, tech entrepreneur, social interaction designer, fashion consultant, writer, and guest speaker.

Anna is a sociologist and professor in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the Costume Studies department at New York University. She is also the founder of Closet Catharsis, her fashion and image consulting company, which takes a holistic approach to individual empowerment and identity construction through personal styling and image management. Her most recent endeavor, Sociology of Style, is an email newsletter and website that offers smart, timely commentary on image-related issues. It blends pop culture, sociology, and practical advice on topics related to fashion, body, and culture. Unlike most traditional stylists, Anna looks at the social significance of visual self-presentation and asks people to rethink who they are and who they want to become by understanding the power of aesthetics — making her the thinking person’s stylist.

Anna Akbari previously founded Splice, an enterprise software recommendation engine, and Brainwright, an arts and humanities coaching company. She served as the Chief Image Advisor for Dapprly, a men’s fashion app offering users timely, private style advice from the people they know and trust. She is a frequent guest lecturer and writer, most recently for TEDxSiliconAlley, The Atlantic, The Financial Times, Above the Law, Stylecaster, and a consultant for brands and agencies. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy on scholarship for Theater; she received her B.A. in Religious and Middle Eastern Studies from New York University, an M.A. in Liberal Studies and a Ph.D. in Sociology from The New School for Social Research.

When she’s not building relationships or dressing people, Anna enjoys singing karaoke and rollerskating (not necessarily at the same time). As the co-founder of the New York Tech Karaoke Meetup, she believes that technologists and karaoke are a natural duo. You may also have seen her getting her grove on with the disco roller skaters in Central Park (truly the happiest place in New York).

So please join me today in acknowledging and celebrating Anna for being a role model to others as a powerful but feminine woman.

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female or Fellow, then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female or Fellow? (Their name and location in the world)
  • Why are they a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know them? What do they do? In what way are they inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of them online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU.

…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Ilene Winston

Fabulous Friday Female Ilene WinstonToday I am delighted to say that this week’s Fabulous Friday Female is not only a beautiful woman inside and out, but she is also a dear friend of mine.

I could fill several blog posts with a list of Ilene’s amazing qualities.  She is a genuinely heart-centred woman, who has such compassion for people, and who I have personally seen helping others transform their lives for the better.

But these are not the reason that she’s today’s Fabulous Friday Female.

No, the reason she is this week’s Fabulous Friday Female is because of what she’s done for you.

Because when Ilene and I met last year at an event in San Diego we had a conversation that started something.

We were chatting about Feminine 1st and the work that I do when Ilene said to me “Could you offer something to women where they pay a small amount every month and so could start getting your help and support?”  The more we spoke, the more the idea of creating a community of like-minded women supporting each other on their respective journeys sparked something inside me.

…and so the seed was sown.

Being a woman, I let the idea gestate, grow…and I’m sure it’s no coincidence that nine months later my new little ‘baby’, the Feminine 1st Family, was ready to share with the world.

So it’s thanks to Ilene’s insights, idea and desire to help and support other women that tomorrow the Feminine 1st Family will be launching to the public.

…and since you’re reading this you are obviously already a part of our community, until midnight tonight I’m sharing with you a very special introductory offer before our doors open to the public tomorrow.  Click here to find out how you can join the family…

So today I would like you to join me in honouring and acknowledging Ilene for being not only an amazing woman, but also for her contribution to you and the Feminine 1st community.

…and from me a personal thank you from my heart to yours Ilene for the spark of inspiration that you helped to light in me that is helping me to support even more women around the world.

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female (or Fellow!), then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow? (Her / his name and location in the world)
  • Why is she / he a Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do? In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her / him online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU. …and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Ingrid Loyau-Kennett

FFF -  Ingrid Loyau-KennettDepending on where you are in the world, you may have never heard the name Ingrid Loyau-Kennett.

In fact, if you’re outside of the UK you may have no idea about the incident that happened here in London this week that propelled her into the media spotlight…and inspired me to name her as this week’s Fabulous Friday Female.

The events in London this week have affected many people across the UK…myself included.  I have struggled to even comprehend the barbaric nature of the attack on an innocent man walking down the street, because it’s motivation and nature are so far removed from the world that I live in.

I don’t wish to publicise the actions of the two men involved, or the horrific events of Wednesday (there is plenty of coverage in the UK media at the moment should you wish to know the details), but the briefest description I can give to convey the reason that Ingrid should be acknowledged and honoured today is that on Wednesday afternoon on a busy street in London two men allegedly attacked a third.  The reports allege that they ran down an off-duty soldier with a car and then butchered his body with a variety of weapons.

Enter Ingrid Loyau-Kennett.

She was on a passing bus that stopped when it came across the incident.  Not knowing the full extent of what happened, Ingrid thought there had been a car accident and rushed to help the victim.

Ingrid soon realised that this had not been a traffic accident, but instead of protecting her own life, she engaged the attackers in conversation.  Seeing that a large crowd of people were gathering she wanted to keep them focused on her and keep them talking to try to prevent further injury to anyone else.

An ex-teacher, Ingrid was aware that there was a school nearby and wanted to ensure the safety of any nearby children, so without any fear for her own safety she attempted to keep the attackers focus on her, and her alone.

In this brief interview Ingrid shares her experience of the events on Wednesday morning..

It is immediately apparent from Ingrid’s words that her natural desire to nurture and protect the other people, and especially children, nearby were her motivation for getting involved.

I would like to think that in the same situation that I would have the courage and presence of mind to act as Ingrid did, my hope is that I never have the opportunity to find out.

So today I would like you to join me in honouring and acknowledging Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, for her courage, composure and selfless actions under truly horrendous circumstances, that might well have saved others around her from losing their lives…

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female (or Fellow!), then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow? (Her / his name and location in the world)
  • Why is she / he a Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do? In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her / him online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU. …and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x