Miss Universe 2015

Nothing quite like Brains & Beauty! The Miss Universe Pageant is a platform in which these stunning women have the opportunity to make a difference by sharing their humanitarian efforts, striving to make difference within their communities as well as for the rest of the world! The women who have the opportunity to compete are savvy and goal oriented role models for young women all over the world. Each of young woman has a unique story to tell and the opportunity for us to get a taste of their cultures. I’m a true FANATIC about different cultures, just truly fascinated by all of the different ways of life, the unique physical features we all have and by what is important to each of us based on where we come from. The Top 5 Finalists included Miss USA Nina Sanchez, Miss Columbia Paulina Vega, Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell, Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha and Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen. And Miss Columbia took the title of Miss Universe Sunday night! Aside from all else these women do that truly inspires me, Miss Universe makes me want to find a reason to buy a beautiful ball gown and get Super Glam for at least one night a year! (Newly added to my to-do list… Find a ball gown and an event to wear it to! ASAP) 89 women from 88 countries competed and these are the top five…

Miss Columbia Paulina Vega is a 22-year-old student at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota and is majoring in business administration. Paulina is the 2nd young woman to take home the Miss Universe crown from Colombia! She graduated from a German school in Colombia and speaks English and French. Paulina from Barranquilla, Colombia has been a model since she was 8 years-old and belongs to a big family with four sisters and three brothers.

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“The Elephant in YOUR Room”

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance…
-Oscar Wilde

In the start of the New Year many women (myself previously guilty of this) find themselves making false promises to themselves, promises disguised as “resolutions”… New Year, New Me! Let’s be real ladies, how many people keep these promises to themselves and why is it necessary for us to wait for the turn of a year to commit to a healthy lifestyle? After all, there is no time like the present! The journey to transform to a healthy lifestyle can easily be one of the hardest things to dedicate yourself to but I don’t know if there is anything more worth doing for yourself. To obtain a Healthy Mind and Body is something to Strive For, a Constant Effort and something to Take Pride In!

“You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens…” -Louise Hay

The media in today’s society can be a constant reminder of our self perceived imperfections. From the women on the covers of magazines to the women in our favorite TV shows, they all seem to have bodies that are a distant hope of what reality is for the vast majority of us. For that reason I find it imperative to set a realistic standard for your own life, MINUS the overshadowing of comparisons. Set attainable goals for maintaining your healthy lifestyle which will inevitably lead to a healthy body and peace of mind. STOP trying to mold yourself into what is advertised as healthy and looks good. START with an understanding of who YOU are and what is actually achievable for your body! Be true to who you are and at all costs, Please refrain from comparisons to others! Perfection isn’t possible, remember that. So slow down and take it easy on yourself! Don’t be in such a rush to change everything about yourself, begin your journey with a real appreciation and love for yourself. It’s more than enough people in the world who will criticize you, don’t to join their team.

“Comparison is an act of violence against the self” -Iyanla Vanzant

As I always say, fashion is one of the truest forms of personal expression; the way to show the world who we are without having to speak. What are you telling us about you? Ladies, we MUST learn to promote a healthy body image. I don’t believe in waiting until we reach our “goal weight” to wear clothes that look good or buying clothes in anticipation of our “future body”. Your current body needs love too, your current body is still the only body you will have. What if your “healthy self” isn’t that size 4 purchased in anticipation for the new you? Buying ill fitting clothes will leave you permanently dissatisfied with your body, whether you are that size 4 you’ve been dreaming of or your current size 12. Cultivate those curves if you have them, while striving to accomplish your body “alterations”. #FashionFact A model (editorial & runway) is between the sizes 0-4 and a plus size model is between 6-14! In the real world, that correlates to between the sizes 0-2 being “average” with sizes 4+ being “plus size”. YIKES! Stop comparing what you should be to these few women, I can’t think of anything more demotivating and discouraging. Being comfortable in the skin you are in no matter your size is at the Upmost Importance! Hell, if it makes you feel better, cut the sizes out of your clothes! Style has No Size! Life is a journey and it’s worth looking good on the way!

“Embrace and Love your body. It’s the most Amazing thing you will Ever own.” -Unknown

There is nothing wrong with wanting to make “alterations” to your body. But no matter the physical flaws we may see in ourselves, if you aren’t happy with you no one else will be happy with you and they may even find it difficult to recognize your beauty that Already Exists. Confidence is Key! Who cares how many times you failed (if someone is keeping track, they need to find a hobby!) How many times can you bounce back? I don’t think I have ever been the “skinny girl”, I’m pretty sure I don’t remember the size 10 being in my closet ever. My weight has been a roller coaster ride for as long as I can remember. Sure there has been times where I’ve looked in the mirror and thought “We gota get it together girl!” (I could definitely stand to drop a few now lol) but I pride myself in being content with who Candace is and I Love the Curvy Candace! My mission is to live a healthy lifestyle without losing who I am. Now that we have addressed this “Elephant in the Room” I invite you to celebrate who you are as I do! The trick to it all… you have to believe it! And when you finally, truly believe in your own beauty, there isn’t really anything anyone can say to convince you otherwise! When YOU Celebrate your individuality, Everyone around you will have no choice but believe it too! Never forget just how Truly Beautiful you are, Flawed and Fabulous xoxo

“A woman filled with Self Love and Self Acceptance is a model more Super than Any cover girl.” -Amy Leigh Mercree

Live, Love and Dare to Be Different,
Candace

Pictures used for this open letter were graciously donated to me from each of these Gorgeous Women. Thank You Ladies for being apart of My Dream!

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Its a New Year!

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Illustration by the Incredible Megan Hess

!!Happy New Year Loves!!

2014 was a year of many trials for me and I have come out with a better understanding and appreciation for life. Life is EXACTLY what you make it and what you put into it is what you get. Make Every Single Day Count and Cherish the Invaluable in your life. For me its my FAITH, FAMILY and FASHION… In that Exact Order!
I have to take this moment to Thank You ALL So Much for being apart of my dream. Fashion has been my passion since I was a little girl and I’ve always known that it would be a major part of my life. This is only the Beginning of what I have up my sleeve so Stay Tuned! BOOTSIE by Candace is my baby, my brand and there is LOADS that I’m dying to share with all of you. So from the Bottom of my heart, I thank you all for being apart of this and watching me (and my “baby”) blossom!
May this be your Best year yet and may you accomplish ALL that you have set out to do!
Live, Love & Dare to Be Different
♡ Candace