What do Mary Tyler Moore, Mae West and Halle Berry have in common? Aside from being three of the greatest actresses of the 20th century, they have all struggled with diabetes behind the camera. Such an auto-immune disease comes with a feeling of both defeat and triumph.IMG_0940 Being diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic for 47 years, Mary Tyler Moore explains in a 2010 television interview the beginning of her diagnosis and how she dealt with being in the public eye. Each word spoken and her fears were exactly in direct proportion to ones that I had at the age of 33. Moore’s courage to share her story, among many others, has a way of changing people and refashioning communities beyond measure. I have taken her optimistic charisma as a role model in my personal life refashioning how others perceive diabetes and creating something many have never felt or seen.

On November 17th during Diabetes Awareness Month I attended the annual T1D Nude Diabetes Advocacy Project Calendar Release Party in support of my debut as a nude model and on-going advocate. Having been surrounded by others that too deal with type 1 diabetes (T1D) brought me a feeling of warmth and reassurance that I wasn’t alone in this journey for a cure.

Shedding my clothes for diabetes awareness has brought a sense of empowerment that I literally can’t express in words, not to mention, to be Miss June 2018 showcases that nothing is impossible as we are possible to achieve what others believe to be impossible. T1D Exposed calendar creators, Tara Layman and Kat Reed have truly created something beyond any other diabetes project; it comes as an artistic expression in regards to the auto-immune disease that is much needed in society today.

For such an event I knew I had to support the cause by wearing the universal color, blue and what better dress boutique to wear than my good friend Cathy Lynn of Get Go Retro and featured designer for Gladys Magazine’s Love Issue releasing this February. After viewing her full inventory of day, suit and party dresses I came upon this custom Finding Dory Vested Pencil Dress in navy blue. Having exactly the classic cocktail inspired style I am often fond of, I instantly knew without a second thought this would be the perfect dress, for such an anticipated event.

At the end of each day, we must all understand the fact that in every unexpected occurrence in life we will always find truth and a high level of gratitude. If all you do is think of Every setback is the setup for the Glamour in Life ™ you are further ahead than the rest.IMG_0943IMG_0955aDetailsT1D F3BowT1D F4Finding Dory Vested Pencil Dress c/o Get Go Retro. Bow Blouse EXPRESS (similar here, here & here). Vintage Brooch & Millinery, Etsy. Lucite Purse c/o Kooki De Lou. Beauty c/o Belleci Cosmetics

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