This #InternationalWomensDay, I want to highlight strong-willed women who fight every day to push the envelope in a society that tells them they can't. The future is female. The future is now.Read More
Before we began shooting for How Do I Look Asia, we received so many submissions who wanted to elect their loved one for a makeover. One submission stood out most to me was Des Maniquis, or her alias on Youtube "Sooper Purple". Her story stood out to me because I was like, "Hmm..it takes some pretty thick skin to make it on Youtube, why would Des's brother submit her for a makeover?" What I didn't realize is that there was so much more to her story. You see, Des used Youtube as an escape from the bullying she was already dealing with in every day real life. To hide, she created a personality online (her alter ego) and made rambunctious, freeing videos as Sooper Purple. When you check out her YT channel, you'll see that Sooper Purple is a lil cray, a lot of fun, and doesn't give AF. What Sooper Purple didn't know is that SP was really just Des, herself. She just stood in her own way to believe it.
We had an amazing experience together on Des' episode, and I've been a fan of hers ever since on YT. YouTube is a super hard platform to break into, and I give props to anybody who even tries. Not just because of the potential success behind it, but because it's such a permanent public diary for everyone to see. Recently, I just got this amazing news from Des' feed!
Des has blossomed even MORE since our show and has used her own journey to break down walls for other victims of bullying. I am so beyond proud of her, and only pray many who hear her story will believe in themselves as well. Give it up for Des, aka Sooper Purple, a young woman who's showing us how it's done! So much love to you babe. Keep lighting the way for us.
Influential women have been wearing the color red for many many years.. and there is actually a good reason too. The color is a warm and positive color that is associated with our physical needs and our will to survive. It exudes a strong, and powerful energy that motivates us to take action!
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Last night the Metropolitan Fashion Week awarded me Fashion Commentator of the Year, and all I can remember is thinking how weird it was to accept an award for a career that saved ME when I felt most doubtful, useless, and unsure.
I used to wear sneakers or wedges at least, but never for heels. It’s not that easy trying something new, especially when people tried to pull you out from your comfort zone. For me, it’s more than just wearing things, my logic said yes but my feeling doubted it. You, successfully opened my eyes that how appearance affected our lives. The most lesson that I got from you is not about which dress is good to wear, but how you can appreciate what you have and how you believe in yourself that you deserve to be beautiful, and how you brave enough to reach your dream and going to the next level by going out from your comfort zone.Read More
This past week I've been sharing with you the milestones of my mission trip with Pacific Links Foundation. For the past five years I've been an ambassador for organizations like Pacific Links or Not For Sale to spread awareness and put an end to human trafficking. I so appreciate everybody's supportive feedback and have heard your interest for the individual stories behind the young women who have survived human trafficking.Read More
Hey guys. As you know the past couple weeks I've been sharing with you my journey to fight human trafficking in Vietnam across my socials. Today I wanted wanted to illustrate for you guys the visual of a border crossing because this is oftentimes the next transition trafficking agents take to lure their prisoners into unwarranted territory.
Although amazing that there is a border between Vietnam and China like this, it can mean awful consequences for those at risk of becoming part of human trafficking. China is a TOP destination country for Vietnamese trafficking victims. Women and girls especially face a huge danger of being kidnapped and taken to China to become labor slaves, sex slaves, prostitutes, and more. China is so close, that people who kidnap victims can take subtle ways across the border with the victim not even knowing they are no longer in Vietnam. Traffickers aren't just random strangers either. Friends, family, or people victims think they can trust, will often times convince the victim somehow to follow them across. The victim will have no idea until it's too late. Agents from China, once the victim has crossed, will beat or drug them so they can be transported to their horrible fate, whether it be a brothel or a "husband" or other types of trafficking. Watch the video below for more info on this very important issue.
Please spread the word! Feel free to message me on my socials and/or sign up for my email list on the homepage with any comments, questions, or info. I will send out updates and more info too.
Together we can put an end to this!
Seriously one of the best audiences I've ever had was when I recently spoke at The American Center during my current visit to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. As soon as I walked into the room, I was greeted by a sea of beautiful smiles and curious eyes waiting to talk about my favorite topic: aspirations. There was such a perfect air of intimacy, hope, and laughter. I love that. The first question I asked was whether or not I should speak Vietnamese or English... it was divided right down the middle of the room because there were also non-Vietnamese speaking attendees in the room. Well, let me tell you, I had the most entertaining time sharing my story and life advice, giving clever combo's of both... ha! Hope everyone understood!Read More
I LOVE this message from Steve Harvey. It is a must watch!
When I turned 25 I read a book called "There Is Always Enough" by Rolland Baker and was inspired to feel what life would be like if you lived by faith to unconditionally give. I was moved by this couple's story when they traveled from their home in So Cal to Africa after learning of the destruction caused by the Mozambican Civil War. To this day, they create orphanages and churches all over Mozambique saving hundreds of children and families, just from living by faith. Now when it comes to me, I LIVE to travel. I love learning new cultures, experiencing new perspectives, and being at one with the community. Til then, all my travel was purely for my self enjoyment. Then I heard somewhere that a 'mission trip' can be defined as: an important goal or purpose that is accompanied by strong conviction; a calling or vocation.
I wanted to experience this.
So I went on my first mission trip when I was 26 to Mozambique, Africa to meet Heidi Baker personally and serve her community. I came with a committed intention to offer prayer, quality time, love, and support for children and families living with HIV and AIDS. It was the most incredible experience of my life because my entire purpose to be there was to selflessly` serve and for the first time, I understood what 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 really meant. If anyone reading this understands the virtues of the Five Love Languages, you'd understand how the gift of quality time, acts of service, physical touch, words of affirmation, and gifts are all delivered through the selflessness of a mission trip.
Today it's gotten harder for me to commit to mission trips because of my hectic schedule, so I seek for opportunities where I can support through another. Recently, a very special young woman by the name of Morgan Steinhart let me know of a mission trip to Uganda she was gearing up for that gave me this opportunity to help in any way I could. One part in helping was to share the cause in order to gather financial support for Morgan's trip. Ok.. I don't know about anybody else out there but that's one of my most challenging hurdles. I'm not sure why, but it terrifies me to bother people or ask anyone for anything. So I prayed, and was reminded that asking for support is not for me, not for Morgan, but for the children and communities Morgan and her group would be serving. So I reached out to special friends who I thought would be interested to support and sure enough, within three weeks every single person Morgan and I reached out responded back with either a donation or offering of gifts or prayers. It reminded me of the book I had read when I went on my first mission trip: When you have faith, there is always enough.
Because of every person's outpour of support, Morgan was able to travel to Uganda where her group worked to promote sexual and relational health, and serve those facing unplanned pregnancies or hurting from an abortion or sexual abuse situation. Not only was life-saving information and medical examinations provided, but the team was also able to revisit orphanages to build into the relationships of abandoned children. For further information on Morgan's trip, pls visit here.
I wrote this blog to personally thank all the generous, amazing people who gave selflessly to Morgan's trip, with a special acknowledgement to Andrew and Donna Lee, Carole Middletown, Evan and Robin Warner, Shannon Dellimore, Katie Chin, Francine Le Frak, Rosalina Lydster Noogie Thai, and Uzmee Krakovszki. There is a special video below here for every single one of you, from the hearts in Uganda:
Also, I just had to share this video Morgan especially captured for me!! I couldn't believe she, or these adorable kids, took the time to do this! In the past couple months, I had a few rough days. All it took was to play this video and look into the gentle eyes of these beautiful kids to know that love absolutely conquers all. (He called me pastor without knowing I'm not one, but if it means that they consider me to be one that will continuously pray for them, I proudly receive the title.)
Anyway, thanks for reading this special blog guys. Have you ever experienced a mission trip? Let me know your thoughts below, and if you feel inclined to leave a shout out or prayer to these kids below, please do :)
I was honored when I was asked to host the 17th Annual CAST - the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. After a series of events that lead me to find out trafficking was taking place in Vietnam within my very own circle of friends, it has since then become an issue I am passionate to fight.Read More
We all took our senior photos, which never turned out the way we wanted. And then we we're expected to come up with a message that would define our high school career and be the one thing that people remembered us by. What if everyone used this opp to own up to what we are, have some fun with it?
In walks Rafika... who I discovered on Twitter. She's now one of the coolest friends in Mai head. I want to have fro yo with her.
Thanks Rafika, for taking this incredible leap and teaching women to own how fucking hot you are. There is nothing more attractive than a woman who can say "Damn I look good today."