Some people coach basketball; some people coach soccer. I coach resilience.
I am a freelance photographer and founder of the new magazine, Haute Pink Mustard Seed. This publication honors the faces of resilient women who have walked undauntedly through life’s overwhelming challenges who not only have been thrown a curve ball, but sometimes literally struck by it. What captivates me most about these women is their remarkable ability to still flourish, appearing unscathed by all they have been through. This, to me, is the essence of true beauty.
I named the magazine Haute Pink Mustard Seed because that described my own experience in how I, too, came to be so resilient. See in 1997, I was sent to prison for a crime committed by a friend who simply walked away and let me take the fall. Afterwards, I lived through what it was like to try to build a productive life with a criminal record clasped to me like a ball and chain. It was then that I first began to apply that proverbial idiom, “faith of a mustard seed,” to my own life.
At another point in time, I allowed society’s perception of beauty to be defined for me. Hence, with very little research I received breast augmentation, but on the black-market via injections which nearly cost me my life. Years later, my body began showing adverse reactions to the injections; and to date, I have had a total of seven surgeries- one of which was a double mastectomy. Although I was never diagnosed with breast cancer, I have gained a new understanding and empathy for survivors of this unforgiving malady. So, for everything I do in support of these women- I do it in the color pink.
Fast forward: I received an official pardon from the state of Georgia for that alleged crime, and with the help of my family, friends, and surgeons, I have vigorously taken steps towards both a better physical and emotional health recovery. Hence in 2017, I created the Resilience Scholarship for students at the law school I attended and followed that up with the creation of Haute Pink Mustard Seed, the magazine designed specifically to encourage and inspire women everywhere.
It is my greatest desire that Haute Pink Mustard Seed Magazine will be an integral part of each woman's journey to discovering her own resilience. Whether you are the woman being inspired by reading a story or you are the woman sharing one, may you all discover the strength, courage and resilience within by your wildest dreams. With this being said, cheers to strong women! May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them. You got this, Sis.
All my love,