Announcing Confidence is Queen Tour!

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Announcing Confidence is Queen Tour!

Have a group of girls that could use some motivation? Announcing #ConfidenceisQueenTour !!

Low self esteem is linked to teen pregnancy, poor academic performance, negative behaviors, mental/emotional disorders, and substance abuse. We will be going to schools and organizations conducting 1 – hour girl talk sessions giving girls tools to build confidence , combat negative behaviors , and maximize their potential. Open to all U.S. states! Girls should be between 10 -18 years of age. College groups welcomed. For booking and more information you can contact akilah@iambeautyinc.com . To learn more about I AM BEAUTY visit www.iambeautyinc.com.#bebeautyNOTabully

Tyra Banks BEAUTY of the WEEK

B.E.A.U.T.Y. of the Week: Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks is B.E.A.U.T.Y. … She is beautiful, extraordinary, ambitious, unlimited, talented, and young.

Her life is a clear example of what it means to be UNLIMITED! Her ability to explore the endless possibilities of life through career awareness and exploration has caused her to succeed into the woman that she is today. She is well known as an American model, television personality, talk show host, producer, author, actress, singer and business woman. She started her modeling career from as young as 15 years old for the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and later moved onto television and films such as Eve, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Gossip Girl, Glee, etc. In 2003, she became the host of the popular show, America’s Next Top Model, as well as the host of her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show. In 2004, she recorded her first single, “Shake Ya Body” which had a music video featuring contestants fromAmerica’s Next Top Model. In 2010, she published her young adult novel Modelland, which topped The New York Times Best Seller list in 2011.

Her success overshadows her hard work and obstacles that she faced while growing up. While growing up, she was teased for her appearance and was considered as the “ugly duckling”. This comes to show that the obstacles one faces should not detour them from making their dreams potentially come true. Tyra’s thriving interest for different possibilities to succeed in what she does best, allowed her to become the unlimited woman that she is today. Thank you Tyra Banks for being an exceptional example of what beauty really is.

 

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Eating Healthy on a BUDGET!

Here are 3 tips that will have you on the right track to eating healthy while spending less.

  1. How to Shop – Bargain Hunting sales help you to pay less and get more . You can also bundle -up which allows you to buy on sale and in large quantities to stock up. Lastly shop around! Sometimes the same items that you are waiting to go sale in one location is already on sale at another or even regularly priced cheaper than other stores.
  2. How You Cook! – Baking, steaming, boiling and grilling are all great healthy cooking alternatives to fried foods. When cooking remove all skin and fats from the meats. A clean meal is a clean body!
  3. How You Eat – Portion control is vital. It allows you to monitor your food intake as well as budget your shopping list. Stay away from junk food. Substitution is key! Snacking can get the best of us because junk food like potato chips, cookies, and ice cream taste so good. However, you can find healthy snacks that taste great too. For example, yogurt is nutritious and light.

 

Eating healthy = extending your life! You can do that regardless of your budget. Your body is important and eating right is a major step to staying healthy or improving your health.

Social Media Dos & Don'ts!

Social Media Dos & Don’ts

Social media is one of the most powerful forms of communication teens and adults use today. Here are some tips to help you use social media safely and effectively.

10 Social Media Tips for Teens

1.     Respect yourself. – Show off how great you are with class. You are a brand and should represent yourself accordingly on social media. Make sure your photos are appropriate. Do not post or text photos of yourself naked, dressed provocatively, or making obscene gestures. Avoid uploading anything you would not want your grandmother to see on the front cover of the New York Times! Social media plays a major role in building and ruining personal images. Be wise!

2.     Post with positivity – Keep it cool! If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t post. Avoid ranting or arguing with people on social media and posting when you’re upset. You may be upset with your mom but it would be very disrespectful to share your anger with the world. What do you think college recruiters or future employers might think about you disrespecting your mother on social media? No Bueno! Share positivity and good vibes on the web.

3.     No “twerking” videos please! – Just because you see a trend starting on social media, doesn’t mean it is something you should do. Do not post videos that portray negative images of you, your friends or family involving profanity, sex, nudity, crime, drugs, discrimination, violence, lewd gestures, or anything that could be offensive to the public. Keep your video posts kid friendly. You don’t want a video of you intoxicated and “twerking” inappropriately with friends to surface while you are campaigning for President in 20 years. Definitely not a good idea!

4.     Know your followersAllowing strangers to follow you can be very dangerous. Even if their account looks harmless, be aware that there are many fake accounts where creeps follow their prey. If you don’t know them, ignore them and don’t let them follow you. Also, use privacy settings to protect your accounts from being viewed by strangers. Proceed with caution!

5.     Be careful what you post for likesYou don’t want to end up “instafamous” for something that could destroy your future. Keep your posts positive, dignified and smart. Social media is a great way to build a web presence for future endeavors. Don’t compromise your future for “likes” or “followers.” Make your mark on the web, the right way!

6.    Play nice …Don’t cyber bully! No one has the right to harass anyone based on their sex, race, age, orientation, personal beliefs, values, etc. The impact of harassment is heightened and can have deadly consequences when acted out over the Internet. Avoid engaging in cyber brawls on twitter and status face-offs on Facebook. If you have a personal issue with someone, keep it off the Internet. If anyone is saying things about you on social media, report their account and let a relative know.

7.     Think before you post. – Nothing is ever truly deleted, so be very sure about what you post before you hit the “post” or “send” button.   Once you post a picture or a status it is stored on the site’s server and can normally be retrieved even if you delete it from your profile. So, be smart and post with care for your future!

8.     If you see something, say something! – Report anything inappropriate. Block or un-follow people that post negative comments on your timeline, make you uncomfortable or harass you in any way.

9.     Manage your use wisely – Too much of anything can become a bad thing. Is social media keeping you from getting work done? Try putting time limits on your social media usage to make sure it is not impacting your productivity.

10. Don’t post your every move – Leave some information to share with your real friends and family over the phone. Your best friend would probably want to know you and your boyfriend broke up before the whole world knows via your relationship status change. Also be careful sharing info when you are going out of town. You don’t want to alert a potential burglar that you will be in the Bahamas for a week with your family.

As a teenager it is important that you are aware, informed, and understand the risks that come along with using social media. Remember to protect yourself, censor what you post, and chose the crowd you associate with wisely.

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