I am constantly bringing Bald is beautiful into my life. Sometimes I fly to photoshoot, other times, I am speaking at a conference, come here to find out what I am up to next!
11/09 – Farmers market in Hollywood with Alexa 2:00 – 4:00 Read more!
11/10 – LionsGate Read More! so we went to the farmer’s market and had THE best goat’s cheese EVER on the planet and it was friggin’ yummy. we bought a jar o’ the good stuff.
** BALD IS BEAUTIFUL GEAR ‘N GOODIES ARE HERE! **
Say it loud ‘n proud — from T-shirts to Teddy bears to Tote bags, share a hug and a smile by sharing the Bald Is Beautiful message with the ones you love! My online shop is open for business 24/7, folks; every day, all day, including weekends & holidays!
CLICK HERE to shop ’til yer heart & soul’s content!
(just in case, the webpage is www.cafepress.com/baldizbeautiful —
with a “z” . . . copy ‘n paste it in yer browser and peruse away at your leisure’s pleasure)
2014 REVLON RUN/WALK IS HERE . . . IT AIN’T TOO LATE T’DOUGH-NATE!
. . . AND THIS YEAR MARKS MY 11th YEAR BEIN’ OVARIAN CANCER-FREE!!
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL GOES OFF-OFF-BROADWAY IN OFF THE MUFF!
If you’re in the New York area this weekend — Thursday, Friday, Saturday, June 27, 28 & 29 — c’mon out to see me perform in OFF THE MUFF — THE REMOUNT at The White Box art space (329 Broome Street b/w Bowery & Chrystie, NYC)! Off the Muff is an ensemble of 9 women sharing non-fiction, autobiographical stories in an immersive art installation environment.
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL APPEARS ON ABC’s BODY OF PROOF!
Tune in tonight (November 29) to see me on ABC’s Body of Proof (season 2, episode 9, called “Gross Anatomy”), in which I portray Cynthia Marks, midwife and all-’round groovy mama! I do a full-on scene with the show’s main stars: Dana Delaney, John Carroll Lynch, and Sonja Sohn — they built an office and even made me my very own fake business cards! So cooool!
(NOTE: my scene comes in at just around 26:30 on these limited-commercial online versions — it was more like 38 minutes in on the full 1-hr broadcast version!)
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL “RISE”s TO THE OCCASION AS A BRAVEHEART WOMAN!!
BraveHeart Women’s Association is honoring Sharon Blynn with their COURAGE Award at the 2011 RISE-LA Conference on Saturday, Nov 12th! BraveHeart Women Awards honor women who personify the BraveHeart spirit, recognizing women in areas of Courage, Compassion, Entrepeneurship, Innovation, and Philanthropy. Special thanks to Stacey G. and Suzanne S., and all the inspiring women in my life and in the world!
Click here to read the Huffington Post article!
THE WOMEN’S EYE SETS THEIR SITE ON BALD IS BEAUTIFUL!!
I recently did an interview with the fantabulous Stacy Gualandi for this wonderful site that highlights women making positive change in the world! The Women’s Eye features all types of women who are in the news or who are making their own headlines as they follow their passions and interests to improve their lives and the lives of others.
Click here to see the interview!
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL IS A REVLON ROLE MODEL!!
Bald Is Beautiful hits People Magazine as a Revlon Role Model! I was one of six women hand-selected out of 100s of entries at this year’s NYC Revlon Run/Walk! On stands Friday, July 15, the 7/25 issue features a FULL-PAGE spotlight about me ‘n BisB! Woohooo!!!!
In case you missed it, click Here to see the FULL-PAGE feature as it appeared!
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL MAKES THE COVER FOR THE 2011 REVLON RUN/WALK FOR WOMEN!
I am deeply honored that a photo of me with my dear friend Lucille was selected as the main image for this year’s Revlon Run/Walk for Women! Posters, brochures, table-top displays, website, the works! I am super jazzed to visually represent the Power, Beauty, Inspiration, Motivation, Community, Action, and LOVE that this event embodies! YAHOO!
Click Here to see the poster!
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL GETS SHAMELESS WITH WILLIAM H. MACY ON SHOWTIME!
I know it’s Super Bowl Sunday ‘n all, but this is AFTER the game!! Tune in Sunday night (Feb 6) to watch the 5th episode of the new series Shameless onShowtime at 10pm ET/PT — I’m doing a scene with one of my all-time acting heroes, William H. Macy!
WHAT: SHAMELESS starring William H. Macy (w/me for lil’ bit!)
CHANNEL: SHOWTIME NETWORK (check cable listings for more info)
TIME: 10 pm ET/PT
THE WHISPER GOT A 3-MINUTE SHOUT ON WPIX-11 WITH DR. STEVE!!
On Sept 21, I had the pleasure of appearing with Dr. Steve on his nationally-syndicated health segment for WPIX-11. Feel free to pass long the link below to spread the word and keep turning up the volume on the Whisper!
Click here to see the interview!
SCROLL DOWN to find links to the trailer and snippits of The Whisper documentary (and if you are in the New York area, tune in to WLIW21 on Sept 24, Sept 27, or Oct 1 to see the full doc)!
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL GETS THE HONOR OF A LIFETIME — LIFETIME TELEVISION, THAT IS!
I have been selected to be part of Lifetime Television Network’s Every Woman Counts “Remarkable Women” campaign! The 30-second spot with run the week of Sept 17–23, at least once a day, and it will be on the Lifetime website forever and ever and ever (with a live link to this site, to boot)!
Click here to see the spot!
That’s right, lovelies: the Bald Is Beautiful Revolution WILL be televised!
WE’RE TURNING THE WHISPER INTO A SHOUT!
I’m honored to be the host of the documentary The Whisper: The Silent Crisis of Ovarian Cancer for PBS, premiering on New York’s WLIW21 on September 24 at 7:00pm! There are additional air dates of Sept 27 at 10:30pm & Oct 1 at 11:30pm, after which we hope the national affiliates will pick it up so our message will be heard across the country (but 5 million of my lovely New Yorkers is definitely starting with a big bang!).
Tune in, turn on, shout it out!
Click here to see the 3-minute trailer!
Click here to see a powerful 30-second snippit featuring radiant & beautiful o.c. survivor, Chana Garcia!
Click here to see a 30-second snippit featuring me, your humble Bald Is Beautiful o.c. warrior!
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL MAKES NETWORK TV DEBUT AS MRI TECH ON FOX TV’s LIE TO ME!
On Monday, June 28, I made my network TV debut on Fox TV’s Lie to Me, starring Tim Roth!
(I’m in TWO (2) scenes as the dedicated and caring MRI Tech at the VA Hospital — in the top 7 minutes and in the last 5 minutes of the show with on-screen co-star credit in the end titles, to boot! My name in Chyron! Yahoooo!)
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL (and founder SHARON BLYNN) IS A RAY OF HOPE!
I’m honored to have been bestowed the prestigious at the 2010 National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship Rays of Hope Gala in Washington, D.C.! YAHOOOO!
The other honorees for the evening were Ted Kennedy’s autobiography, True Compass (which was accepted by his children, Ted Jr, Pat, and Kara), and Abbe Raven, head of A&E Television Networks. A pretty darn esteemed group, eh? Cheers to the other Rays of Hope, and extra special thank you to Lilly, one of my all-time heroes, for extending this honor to me, as well as to NCCS for all of the incredible work they do to support cancer patients and their families.
Clickk here to see my acceptance speech!
2010 REVLON RUN/WALK IS HERE . . . IT AIN’T TOO LATE T’DOUGH-NATE!
My two favorite days of the year are comin’ up once again! On Saturdays, May 1st and May 8th, I will be participating in the Annual Revlon Run/Walk for Women in New York & LA-la-land! You can join me in the fight against women’s cancers by making a donation on my behalf.
I’m now on my way to reaching my 8-year cancer-free milestone (yahoo!), and every donation will help bring us one step closer to a cure. Until a cure is found and we know that all women are safe, we must continue the fight.
CLICK HERE TO SEND ME YOUR CONTRIBUTION ONLINE (any size, shape, color, will do!)
or copy ’n paste this link:
OR YOU CAN SNAIL MAIL A CHECK
MADE PAYABLE TO REVLON RUN/WALK TO:
P. O. BOX 230561
NEW YORK, NY 10023
Thank you, again, for your continued support, encouragement, and for being YOU.
Ciao 4 now.
Peace & love.
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL MAKES A SPLASH IN SPAIN!
Click HERE to see the image (I will figure out how to post article soon).
“WELL I NEVER BEEN TO SPAIN (BUT I KINDA LIKE THE MUSIC)” . . .
AND NOW BALD IS BEAUTIFUL GOES TO SPAIN!!!!
In early November, I will have the honor of speaking as part of a beautiful program in Spain called Lo Que de Verdad Importa (What Really Matters). It’s all about finding the positivity and empowerment in what most consider a devastating or traumatic life experience. I will present in Seville and in Madrid. Here I go, friends!
Click HERE to check out their website (it’s in Spanish, though)!
2009 REVLON RUN/WALK TIME TO MAKE THE DOUGH-NATIONS!
Spring is here and things are lookin’ green! And . . . one (two, actually) of my favorite days in the whole year is comin’ up once again! On Saturdays, May 2nd & May 9th, I will be participating in the Annual Revlon Run/Walk for Women in New York & LA-la-land!! You can join me in the fight against women’s cancers by making apledge or donation on my behalf.
Last year marked my 5-year cancer-free anniversary and now I march steadily towards my 10-year milestone (yahoooo!). Every donation will help bring us one step closer to a cure. I know that the economy has challenged all of us, and so I humbly ask for whatever financial gift you can manage for this very important cause . . .
Thank you, again, for your continued support, encouragement, and for being YOU..
Ciao 4 now.
Peace & love.
UPDATE: KENNETH COLE SAYS BALD IS BEAUTIFUL!!
The Kenneth Cole Fall 2008 campaign has arrived!! “We All Walk in Different Shoes” has launched into cyberspace. You can go to the Kenneth Cole website at www.kennethcole.com to see the new round of visionaries (lil’ moi included!) that are marchin’ to the beat of our own drums (or beatboxes, as the case may be). On the KC home page, click on my lil’ smilin’ face on the lefthand side and on the page that opens, you’ll see me smack in the middle of the batch. Click my photo again to see the print ad and view my video interview (and peruse my bio, f’y’like, too!).
Look out for a special campaign insert (featuring two of my images) in the New York Times in the Sept 11 paper, as well as full-page placement in the Metro News.
I will also appear in the Kenneth Cole Awearness blog as a contributor in the “Well-Being” section! My first piece will be up at the beginning of September in observance of September being Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Yahoooo! You can check out the blogsite at www.awearnessblog.com/wellbeing to read my piece and many interesting, relevant pieces about politics, world events, and social consciousness from a range of perspectives. Knowledge is power, folks!
It can’t be said enough: I’m so honored to be part of this movement and have my voice and message so wonderfully presented. Thank you to Mr. KC and all the passionate, creative, kick-ass people who created and implemented this campaign. You all rock!
KENNETH COLE SAYS BALD IS BEAUTIFUL!!
I recently booked and shot a worldwide print campaign for KENNETH COLE!!!! It’s part of his “non-uniform thinking” campaign — tagline “we all walk in different shoes” and will be hittin’ the streets in the fall (possibly mid-July) . . . we’re talkin’ posters, busess, magazine ads, storefront window displays, feature on Kenneth Cole website (w/bio & video interview), and maybe even a billboard in NYC! It’s truly a dream come true!
I’m so honored to be among the creative, powerful, distinct, passionate people in this campaign. Bald Is Beautiful was just an idea I had during my ovarian cancer journey — and little by little my visions are becoming reality (this one took 7 years!). My initial spark/idea was around the power of merging fashion and activism, and now I’m part of a campaign and vision from someone who is a consistent force for social change and awareness on a global level!
It’s an affirmation to keep on dreaming and living your dreams! I am so thankful for all of the support, positivity, encouragement, and love I have received over the years as I have been building my visions.
“Our truest joy is when we are in dreams awake.” (so sayeth Thoreau)
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” (so sayeth Ghandi)
“Always smile from the inside out!” (so sayeth moi! heehee.)
You can see the campaign that is running now at www.kennethcole.com/thinkers. Check back in a few months to see the new additions to this family of visionary spirits!
REVLON RUN/WALK FOR WOMEN IS HERE AGAIN!
On Saturday, May 3rd, I will be participating in the 11th Annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women in New York (as well as the one in LA-la-land on Sat, May 10! Doin’ in bi-coastal style!). You can join me in the fight against women’s cancers by making a donation on my behalf. Your pledge will help fund important research into the cause and cure of women’s cancers, prevention, education and support service programs. Every pledge will help bring us one step closer to a cure. I know that these are tough ‘n tight times with the current economy, so I appreciate whatever contribution you can make that much more!
This year (mid-January, actually) marked my 5-year cancer-free anniversary (yahoooooo!), so I will be walking with that proud milestone in my heart and with your love and support and encouragement filling my spirit with Joy and Gratitude as always!
THANKS AND SEE YOU OUT THERE ON THE GRID! Hugzzzzzz ‘n love. Ciao 4 now.
Peace & love..
Life in LA-la-land (aka Hollywoodland) is pretty good so far. I’m enjoying my improv classes at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre (and seeing tons of improv/comedy there; their shows are part of my self-imposed “laugh therapy” program!), as well as scene study and cold reading classes in North Hollywood. I booked a commercial for A.E.P. Electric earlier in the year and have done some independent short film projects, too. I’ve had some really strong audition experiences and am starting to meet some amazing folks here, hopefully connecting into the creative millieu where the visionaries exist to cultivate some collabs of monumental proportions (i.e. bring Bald Is Beautiful to da masses)! LA-la vita e bella ‘n bald!
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL ASKS, “WHAT’S UP, ANNAPOLIS?” (or, rather, they ask ME . . .))
Bald Is Beautiful was featured in an article in the July 2007 issue of What’s Up, Annapolis? magazine exploring the scientific, physical, emotional, and spiritual experiences that come with hair loss (natural or due to a health challenge).
You can read the online version (significantly edited) HERE. Enjoy!
THE REVOLUTION IS BEING TELEVISED!!
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL HITS NATIONAL NETWORK & CABLE AIRWAVES (and mags ‘n rags, too)!
At the end of October, my first national commercial will begin airing (details tba)! Bristol-Myers Squibb put together a set of spots of cancer survivors who used their products for treatment. Directed by Academy Award-nominated Bennett Miller (Capote), the scripts were derived from our own words in the initial interview/audition, and they are all powerful, inspiring, moving pieces.
The beauty of the commercials is we were never asked to “promote” their products; obliterating the myth that you have to make someone feel bad about themselves in order to promote a product, and going for the much more impactful encouragement and supportive message, these spots stand alone as messages of hope, positivity, and inspiration for everyone! There are a couple of “regular folk” (myself and Maria), and then they did celebrity spots with Lance Armstrong and the divine Lynn Redgrave. They aired on national network and cable channels, as well as a beautiful print campaign in Time, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Week, and more! I’m honored to have been a part of these beautiful, soulful creations.
You can see the spot anytime at HERE if you don’t catch it on the tube (click on “Cancer” for the spot and click on Patient Stories to see extended pieces and bios for me and other inspiring survivors!).
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL GOES OFF-OFF-BROADWAY!!
On Monday, June 26th, I am excited to be presenting “How Are We Feeling Today?” (the 12-minute piece I wrote and performed in LA last month) for all my NYC-based family & friends! It’ll be at a place called TONIC as part of the monthly Little Theater series they host, presenting original short works by a range of performing artists. Details:
Monday, June 26 @ 8pm
Tonic (107 Norfolk b/w Delancey & Rivington)
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL AND “THE BIG C” IN LA-LA-LAND!
On Saturday, May 13, 2006, I will be performing an original piece at an amazing event called The Big C in Los Angeles, CA at a place called Golden Bridge! If you are in the L.A. area, come on by for some inspiration information and good vibes all ’round.
Saturday, May 13th at 7:30pm
The Big C @ Golden Bridge A Spiritual Village
6322 De Longpre Avenue, LA, CA 90028
REVLON RUN/WALK 2006: WALKIN’ THE WALK . . . TALKIN’ THE TALK!
Make a Difference in the Fight Against Cancer
On Saturday, May 6, 2006, I will be participating in the 9th Annual Revlon Run/Walk for Women. You can join me in the fight against women’s cancers by making a pledge or donation on my behalf. Your pledge will help fund important research into the cause and cure of women’s cancers, prevention, education and support service programs. Every pledge will help bring us one step closer to a cure.
Save a Life, Make a Pledge
It is estimated that one in eight American women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life. In 2004, 272,000 women will have died from cancer. Behind this staggering statistic is the face of a woman who needs your help – a mother, a wife, a sister, a friend. The need is great and that is why I would like to ask for your help.
As always, thank you for your kind and generous support! Ciao 4 now.
Peace, Love & Light!
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL MAKES HISTORY (HISTORY CHANNEL, THAT IS)!
In October 2005 – five years to the month after I was originally diagnosed with cancer – the History Channel aired a special companion piece about the making of their November documentary series on The Crusades, called History in the Making (re-aired again in November). As part of this special piece, they interviewed people who they considered to be “modern-day crusaders”– people who were passionate and devoted to making a positive impact on the world at whatever personal sacrifice – and I was one of them!
In the middle of this 30-minute “Making Of” special (first aired on my Dad’s birthday at that!), there was a beautifully-shot segment dedicated to us sharing our journeys with viewers and (hopefully) inspiring others to “be the change they want to see in the world”! I am so honored to be among the handful of extraordinary people that were highlighted and are continuing to make history! Yeah!!
TAO FREEDOM OF THE BODY CLOTHING LINE GOES BOLDLY BALD!
I’m extremely honored and excited to announce that I am the exclusive model for the Fall 2005 clothing line for a wonderful, fantastic new company called “Tao Freedom of the Body”.
BALDIE ON BROADWAY (Off-Broadway, that is!)
I am proud to announce that I am performing in a wonderful one-act play called “Inside the Outside” as part of the ongoing Theatre-Studio, Inc. Playtime Series! It’s running for 2 days only, March 12-13. It’s a 25-30 minute show, so . . . come and play with me! Here’s the info:
DA PLAY: INSIDE THE OUTSIDE
DA HOUSE: THEATRE-STUDIO, INC.
DA DATES: Saturday, March 12th
Sunday, March 13th
SHOWTIME: 5:00 pm
TIX: $15.00 ($18.00 at the door)*
call 212.719.0500 to make ticket reservations
*The Theatre-Studio, Inc. is a non-profit self-sustaining Resident Off-Broadway space promoting new and developing works for theater, film, and television, so come on out and support the arts!
EXTRA! EXTRA! NEW YORK POST CALLIN’ (again) . . .
A follow-up article appeared on Feb 25th in the New York Post. I was asked by the writer to get in touch with other women who had been through the cancer journey as patients or as caregivers and see if they wanted to be included in their next piece:
If you could ask Melissa one question about her cancer journey, what would it be? The article is lovely and the women’s questions and Melissa’s answers shed much Light, as well as a positive and empowering spin, on the typically negative knockin’-on-heaven’s-door portrayal of what cancer looks and feels like. We are strong, we are proud, we are beautiful, we are sexy, and we are kickin’ cancer’s ass!
Click HERE to see that one!
P.S. This time, they got my website right! Yeah! heehee!
THE BALD IS BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION WILL BE TELEVISED!
And it was indeed when Melissa Etheridge tore the roof of the Shrine Auditorium at this year’s Grammy Awards show for the Janis Joplin Tribute – donning a bold, bad-ass, beautiful, bald head! She sang the @#%&* outta “Piece of My Heart” and that trademark gutteral Joplin scream got a whole lotta extra GUT from Melissa. She reached down into the very core of her soul and let out a gritty growl that was full of the rage, passion, pain, power, andbeauty of LIFE, which she holds so dear and lives to the fullest with passion, integrity, honesty, and courage. Her radiance was unrivaled by anyone else in that room.
The New York Post did a follow-up article (cover story of the Feb 15th paper!) on page 9, and I was interviewed and quoted as well thanks to my friends at Gilda’s Club who referred the writer to me for a reaction to that segment of the show.
The article is so wonderful (thank you, Mr. Heller) – it focuses on the compassion and power of Melissa’s choice to perform without covering her bald head, instead of the “wow, she’s bald” shock value. It shined a light on the idea that women are indeed being made to “hide” or live “in shame” even while facing a life-threatening illness, and that there is another way to be and feel about that, both as a woman and as the society that sees that woman. Yeah.
LETTER FROM THE BALDIE-GIRL . . .
I hope your holidays were filled with Peace, Joy, Love, and Light. I wish everyone the best of health and happiness in every moment. Enjoy your gifts and presence! Ciao 4 now.
Peace & love.
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL IS INDEED EN VOGUE . . .
It’s not my bald ‘mug in Vogue Magazine (yet), but THIS WEBSITE is prominently listed at the end of a very moving and powerful article by Susan J. Halpern about her experience/journey with cancer, chemo, hair loss, etc. (title: ” . . . Susan J. Halpern finds not only style, but strength in being bald” – just to give you an idea).
I was very excited to read about her message of self-love, true self-acceptance, and ultimately reclaiming ownership of her own beauty (inner and outer) — of, by, and for herself . . . and then SHOCKED and amazed to see my own website mentioned at the end of the piece! WOW!!
The article begins on page 140, then to page 142, ending on page 152, at the end of which is a resource section for empowerment, support, and such, and thar she is: baldisbeautiful.org, including a lil’ blurb about me and what BisB is all about! Yeah! Now we just gotta get the visuals representin’ and we’re off! Yahooooooo!
EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!
BALD IS BEAUTIFUL MAKES MEDIA SPLASH ON NEWSSTANDS ALL OVER THE WORLD!!
Marie Claire Italia (September issue) – an amazing 6-page story about BOLD, a very special project of which I’m a part; they used my photos as the 2-page spread at the top of the story, and elsewhere throughout (starting on page 260)!! I have no idea what the article says (non palare italiano), but it’s all about my friend Caggy and her wonderful BOLD project!
Click HERE to learn more about the BOLD project and HERE to see the magazine! Wow!
Marie Claire U.S. (October issue — Brittany Murphy on the cover) – a terrific piece called “Women’s Bodies Through the Ages”, interviewing women ranging in age from 22 to a woman in her 70s about body image and such. The article starts on page 160 (my bit is on page 170). Take a good look and read, ladies (and gents too)! If these photos and the inspirational women in this article say anything, it’s that life is BEAUTIFUL in every moment of time throughout time!
Click HERE to see the magazine!
And, as mentioned below: BUST magazine, Fall issue (on stands now thru November or so!), page 42!!
BALDIE’S “BUST”-in’ OUT!
Bald Is Beautiful makin’ more magazine “head”-way . . . Getchyer new issue of BUST Magazine – a trés cool, femme fantastique, modern woman’s magazine – hittin’ newsstands NOW. I’m on Page 42 of the Fall 2004 issue (PJ Harvey on the cover)!
* It’s also the debut public announcement of this here website! It’s official!! Yahoooooo!
Special thanks to all the wonderful people at BUST for including me in your terrific magazine and for writing such a wonderful piece, and also thanx once again to Greg Kessler for providing the visuals.
Click HERE to see the article!
“THE ROOM” IS CLOSED – IT WAS 2 NITES ONLY!
THURS/FRI, AUGUST 26 & 27!!
My “official” theatrical debut came this month with “The Room”, part of the Urban Pop Theatre Festival at Common Basis Theater in midtown . . .
Find out the not-so-guarded secrets of “THE ROOM,” a short, three-act play that takes you behind the walls of the ladies room in a nightclub, an office, and a factory. How do women see themselves and treat each other in a place devoted to vanity, pseudo-friendship, and bodily functions? Find out when you view the hilarious and weird relationships women have with “THE ROOM.” Written by Grisel Acosta, directed by Lou Moreno.
featuring the all-female, multicultural cast of
Nicole Benisch, Sharon Blynn, Arlene Chico-Lugo, Linda Commodore, Taleia Gilliam, Melissa Gonzalez, Melisa Nicolo, Jennifer Oda, Paola Soto, and Steph Van Vlack
BALDIE-ON-A-BILLBOARD IN TIMES SQUARE!!
As some of you may know, one of my pie-in-the-sky dreams for my Bald Is Beautiful project is for this bald gal to be in an ad on a Billboard in Times Square (with a company like CK or Gap in the context of “all-american-beauty”, the image of which would say so much without having to say anything). Well, either the sky is falling, or dreams do come true, ’cause I’m up there baby! Before you get too excited . . .
It’s not my head or even my face, but it’s still a huuuge billboard on Broadway between 51st and 52nd Street, and them’s my feets (the ones in the jeans and super-oo-la-la-la pointy-pumps)!! Click HERE to see the sign!
It’s at least a (bad, corny pun coming up . . . ): STEP in the right direction. Or, you might say (another really bad, corny pun comin’ atcha): I’ve got my FOOT in the doorway of my dreams comin’ true.
Seriously though . . . it’s super exciting. Feet or head or whatever, it inspires me to keep on keepin’ on, knowing that dreams DO come true and don’t ever give up. ‘Nuff said!
I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. Demille! heehee
POSTCARD TO A PASSING FRIEND . . . HOMER AVILA 1955-2004
I just heard from Morley that you have passed over to the “other side”. I will miss seeing your smiling face, your glowing, radiant spirit, your joyful Love and Light. I know you won’t get this message in the physical world, but maybe since this stuff is out there in “cyber space”, it will get to you on the grid . . .
I Love you forever and always. You are in my mind, heart, spirit, and soul for all eternity as a source of Love, Light, Joy, Presents/Presence, Strength, Power, Courage, Commitment, Honor, Dignity, Grace, and LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!
I know that you are out there dancing in the sky, and the heavens never saw a light so bright as you. The flicker of the stars, the easy whisper of the cool wind, the joyfulness of the sun-kissed leaves on trees, and the luminous glow of the moonlight will forever be how I hold you and your infinite Love in my heart as your Light shines in, within, and around me and the world.
I LOVE YOU. Ciao 4 now. Until we meet again . . .
Peace & love.
THE 5K JOURNEY TO A CURE BEGINS WITH ONE STEP . . .
Well, the Revlon Run/Walk has come and gone, and once again it was a joyful, fun, exhilarating, and inspirational event. The turn out was even huger than the previous years!
The unwavering support, love, and encouragement of friends and family during this very intense journey is invaluable and priceless. There is no way to quantify that, but I can tally up my donations: with all of your generous support, I raised over $1,700.00 !! Not bad for one lil’ bald gal, eh? Heehee.
Your pledges will help fund important research into the cause and cure of women’s cancers, prevention, education and support service programs. Every pledge will help bring us one step closer to a cure.
THOUGH THE RUN/WALK IS OVER, THE JOURNEY TO A CURE IS STILL ONGOING. IF YOU STILL WANT TO DONATE TO THIS WORTHY CAUSE, YOU CAN MAKE YOUR DOUGH-NATIONS IN A COUPLA WAYS:
1) For an online donation, go to www.revlonrunwalk.com, select “make a donation”, and go go go!
2) For donation by CHECK (payable to REVLON RUN/WALK), mail it to:
P.O. Box 469
New York, NY 10013
Save a Life, Make a Pledge
It is estimated that one in eight American women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life. In 2002, 272,000 women will have died from cancer. Behind this staggering statistic is the face of a woman who needs your help – a mother, a wife, a sister, a friend. The need is great and that is why I ask for your help.
Hi folks! February 2004 turned out to be a fantastic month for me and Bald Is Beautiful. Although many of these things were recorded, created, done many months before, their appearance in the public eye all converged beautifully during the same time period, making for a flurry of Bald Is Beautiful exposure!
SEX & THE CITY
A cancer benefit scene, during which Kim Catrall’s character, Samantha, is a guest speaker and, after enduring hot flashes and dripping sweat “all over her couture”, decides to remove her wig in front of everyone. A number of cancer patients/survivor attendees follow suit in solidarity, approval, and pride. Not only was I one of the bald gals featured in that part, but I was also asked by special request of the casting director to bring in the other bald women for this special scene, because they specifically wanted real cancer patients and/or survivors to make the scene more powerful and meaningful for everyone – cast, crew, and audiences alike. The whole day was extremely powerful, emotional, beautiful, and I am honored to have been a part of it on so many levels. It was a cry-hug-fest all day! Airing on Feb 15th, it was the second-to-last episode of the show’s final season.
On a sidenote: in gathering the women for the scene, I made a special point of connecting with members of the wonderful support organization/community,Gilda’s Club, in the hopes that our presence en masse, so-to-speak, would give me a platform to request some visibility/awareness for this wonderful organization of which I was a member, and now a volunteer and advocate, and a huge fan! To my amazement and joy, they surpassed my hopes and expectations for a website mention by placing an entire paragraph (which I had written) about Gilda’s Club on the official HBO/Sex & The City website on that episode’s page (episode #93, at the end of the episode synopsis)! Now millions of people who will continue to go to that site will be able to read about Gilda’s Club and have a phone number and web address to get more information about this incredible organization. Click HERE to check it out the S&TC mention!
Click HERE to see Kim Catrall with the Beautiful Baldies on Sex & the City!
SEAL MUSIC VIDEO (“Love’s Divine” from the album Seal IV)
My principal role was specifically designed around my Bald Is Beautiful project (how that came about is a long story – big shout out to Stephanie for making that happen!). This video was released in Europe and Japan in Fall 2003, but a new U.S.-ready edit was created and began airing on VH-1 and other music video outlets all over the U.S. in February this year! I hear it’s in heavy rotation at the H&M stores too (hee-hee)! Yahoo! You can also go to his website and check it out at www.seal.com.
ORGANIC STYLE MAGAZINE
Half-page article w/photo in March ’04 issue (on stands mid-Feb); “Beauty and Being” feature about women, inner beauty, positivity, self-acceptance and empowerment. The article begins on page 76 with an amazing quote from Marcel Proust which I will have in other locations on this site because I love it so much; I’m on page 79. Check it out! It’s a wonderful group of stunning and inspirational women.
Click HERE to view my tearsheet.
JAN 2004 — COPING WITH CANCER MAGAZINE – JAN/FEB ’04 COVER STORY Read more!
OLYMPUS® 2004 FALL FASHION WEEK
I did several very cool off-site runway shows before, during, and after this season’s Fashion Week, including shows with designers Larry Underwood, Eriko Tamura, Courtney Washington, Patsy Boutique, and a few others!
CELEBRATION OF BLACK FASHION DESIGNERS @ THE APOLLO THEATER
Feb 27th, 2004 (produced by Black Fashion Designers Association, Inc.)
This was a major highlight of my life to be on that legendary stage that has been graced by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Rev. Al Green, Aretha, Chaka, Maya Angelou, Smokey, Celia, and the list just goes on and on and on – and now you can add my name, baby! Woah! I wore clothing from funky to couture from designers Tyrell Mason, Anthony Eastwick, Abou Dia, Her Game Apparel, Bill Witherspoon, and Cantore Designs. Yummy, what fun!
Click HERE to see photos from this awesome event!
MORE TO COME, SO C’MON BACK Y’ALL, Y’HEAR? HEE HEE!