By Dawgelene (Dr. Dawj) Sangster
Last weekend, I had the privilege to speak at two events that focused on teaching women and girls to love themselves, respect themselves, and embrace their beauty. The events were sponsored by two organizations in Chicago, Diva and Dolls Natural and Glitz Pageants and The Princess Within Foundation.
The Diva and Dolls Natural and Glitz Pageant focuses on helping girls embrace their beauty, talent, communication and leadership skills, all in a setting that provides support and encouragement. Children from across the city and from various cultures participate in the pageant, where parents and supporters cheered all children as winners. "We want to provide an environment where all girls are beautiful," says Jen Matthews, co-Director of the pageant.
The second event, Cookies, Cupcakes and Conversations, was sponsored by The Princess Within Foundation. This event had more than 150 attendees and focused on teaching girls and women to respect, love, and appreciate their value. It was a beautiful event that provided an environment where the women engaged in meaningful conversations about real issues many women face today.
Says founder Bernada Baker, "Girls and women need to understand how imperative it is to love themselves unconditionally, celebrate womanhood, embrace their flaws, and be empowered to maximize their potential."