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Profession: Early Childhood Specialist/Dating & Domestic Violence Awareness & Sexual Assault Awareness Advocate
My Definition of Beauty:
My definition of beauty is someone who is not perfect, but imperfect. Perfection does not exist. Perfection is having confidence, pride, poise and self-respect regardless of your imperfections. It is being a better person on the inside with a loving and caring heart than you are on the outside. Beauty is an attitude, not an image.
I was born and raised in Texas, but have spent the last 9 years in Colorado. I have been married to my husband for three and a half years and we have two daughters, Skylar 9 years and Avery 14 months. I have earned three degrees: Associate of Arts in Business, Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am currently employed as an Early Childhood Specialist and am also an advocate for Dating/Domestic Violence Awareness and Sexual Assault Awareness. I currently serve on the South Fork Music Association Board and am on the Capital Campaign Committee for a six county Children\'s Advocacy Center. I am the reigning Mrs. Southwest Colorado America 2014 and have modeled and competed in pageants off and on since I was 5 years old. I have also appeared in local print advertising, a Colorado real estate commercial and the internationally televised documentary, Outwest Safari. I can be described as a hard worker, driven, resilient, resourceful, outgoing, fun, adventurous and fashionable. Rarely do I go anywhere without my high heels (the higher the better)....even my snow boots have five inch heels. I love spending time with my daughters, shopping, getting dressed up, being outdoors, reading, and volunteering. During the summer, you can find my family rafting (I can row a drift boat/raft), hiking and camping in the mountains and during the winter you can find us snowmobiling or hitting the slopes skiing or snowboarding. I spend a great deal of time volunteering year round in my community and across the state of Colorado. I founded an annual 5K race to promote dating/domestic violence awareness and a local scholarship to do the same. I have organized fundraisers for South Fork Music Association, Tu Casa\'s Children\'s Advocacy Center, South Fork Chamber of Commerce, Break the Cycle Race Against Domestic Violence/SLV Break the Cycle Scholarship and more. I have participated in Denver Denim Days Fashion Show (were sexual assault survivors are the models), Hike MS and Relay for Life. My drive and determination to succeed and putting one hundred and ten percent into everything I do will make me not only a great model, but also a great brand ambassador. Something else that makes me passionate about a show like The Fashion Hero is that unlike many of the models we currently see in the industry, I am not perfect and I have flaws...my biggest being that I have had a mental health disorder, called Trichotillomania (TTM) since I was 10 years. My TTM began after I was sexually abused as a child and has become a coping mechanism I have used for over 20 years. People with TTM pull out their hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, etc. It is a very embarrassing and shameful disorder that affects millions of people (mostly females). While I often viewed my disorder as an embarrassing and shameful problem that made me cringe at the thought of letting someone else do my hair and make-up, I had one of my pageant make-up artists once tell me that it wasn\'t a horrible thing because it was like having a blank/clean slate to work with. They could do what they wanted with everything instead of having to work around what is there. I want other women and girls with TTM to look at me as a role model and be willing to step out of their comfort zone and take risks to pursue their dreams and goals regardless of what they might be and without the shame of their disorder.