Sunday, November 2, 2014

JEWELS HAY On DAILY VENUS DIVA!!!

Photo Credits:  Photographer - Michael Anthony of 8x10 Proofs | Hair & MUA - Trisha Kwan | Retouching - Eve Harlowe
November 2014 has OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-native PLUS Model JEWELS HAY covering the PLUS INDUSTRY INSIDERS ISSUE of DAILY VENUS DIVA!!!

Here are some interview highlights:

How do you address the topic of body image with your daughter?
The MOST important thing is to help her keep a positive attitude. Did you know that 2% of 1st – 3rd grade girls want to be thinner? Girls’ self-esteem peaks at 9 years old, but by age 10, 80% of girls report being afraid of becoming fat. I have found some very empowering books from this site that I recommend looking into for young readers. See Hlntv.com for 10 books for boosting positive body image for girls.  This site has a List of some helpful books that support our children thinking things in a positive light. For parents, go to Pbs.org for Body Image & Identity articles.  I am learning how to help my little princess grow up to be self-confident and self-aware — with a critical eye towards the messages the media is marketing to her.
What was life like as a child for you?
I have some great memories, but did have some exposure to bullying. I know ALL about the cruelness of children and bullying. It is important that my daughter has compassion for others and I hope she stays away from the “mean girl” crowd. I teach her to be strong and stand up for others who may need assistance.
Were you drawn to modeling as a child or is that something that interest you as you got older?
When I was younger, I would dream that maybe one day I would look and feel as pretty as the women did in Seventeen Magazine. I had no clue on how to fix my hair or apply makeup, so my family enrolled me in a modeling school. They had hoped that I could learn how to sit and act like a lady. Modeling school did give me confidence to own and love my long legs, high cheekbones and a tiny body. Then, my father took me to a Model Search America Event in Dallas, TX. That was where I met the late Michael Evans Jr.. He was sitting with a group of top models and yelled at me across the room to come over. That was how my journey started modeling straight size. I had my first trip away from home to Baltimore and modeled for an agency called NOVA. My first real jobs as a model were for GOLDWELL, HEADSPORTSWEAR and JCPENNEYS. That was a Summer I will never forget. I left Oklahoma City with long light brown hair and returned with a platinum bob with bangs. My parents didn’t even recognize me when they went to pick me up at the airport.
-CCG
 

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