"My kinda beautiful means to LOVE the YOU in you."
From the Board Room to the Run Way
Story by. K. Sweets
When introducing the “My Kinda Beautiful” Edition of My Sweet Skin, Ms. Shaunielle Foster from Queens, NY jumped on the opportunity to share herself with the world. When asked what her “Kinda Beautiful” was she simply said “Loving the you in you”.
Shaunielle is a proud mother of two beautiful children, the CEO and Founder of a wonderful non-profit organization, Footsteps to Follow and Ladies of the Triad where she bridges the gap providing business women with a platform to network. From the board room, to mommy duty, model, radio personality, community leader and all the way to the runway her kinda beautiful does not stop there. Crowned Ms. Black NC 2012, she has taken her title and shared it with everyone she meets. Her ability to move you into action is evident. Excited about life and all that she has to offer Ms. Foster is truly "My Kinda Beautiful".
I had an opportunity to interview Ms. Foster more about her “Kinda Beautiful”. This is what she had to say:
Q: What intrigued you about this contest? A: This contest was right up my alley. I enjoy sharing my gifts and talents with everyone. I knew this opportunity would be a great chance to empower others as well as myself. I love to win contest as you know. Being Ms. Black NC has opened many doors and any chance I get to share my story I do.
Q: Beauty is many things to different people. What does it mean to you? A: Beauty starts from within. I make sure that I pray in order to keep my mind in a place of peace and clarity. Working out keeps my physically fit and also helps relieve any stress in my life. I also laugh a lot and love those around me.
Q: How does your “Kinda Beautiful” empower others? A: My “Kinda Beautiful” means to LOVE the YOU in you. Reflection of my beautiful smile, curvy waist and powerful personality makes me who I am. I enjoy what I do because it brings life and happiness to others. I spend the bulk of my beautiful encouraging young girls to be the shining stars, leaders and powerful women while they are young. I love engaging young women in conversation about their beauty and how they see themselves. I want "My Kinda Beautiful” to set to stage and create platforms for our young people to talk openly about skin color, size, shapes and even hair. The social media has made it so that kids think they have to be a certain size or color to be beautiful. My goal is to end the cycle of self-hate with love.
Q: What motivates you? A: Every morning when I wake up, I have two beautiful children who inspire me to be my best at all times. Being the CEO of a non-profit that supports children with medical disabilities such as brittle bone disease (OI), sickle cell, etc. motivates me. When I see the look on a mothers face who can’t afford to transport their child to needed treatment…that motivates me. Knowing that someone else is suffering and I have to potential to help them keeps me in a humble place. I live to make it happen for others and be the difference I want to see in others...I’m simply motivated! Footsteps to Follow was born and has created several fundraisers such as The Traveling Tutu. The kids love them and they are fun to make.
My Kinda Beautiful is proud to present Ms. Foster, August 2013 “My Kinda Beautiful” winner. As you can see she is not just a pretty face. Her light shines for others and the difference is not making her but she is making the difference.