Can You Describe Yourself In One Word?

Michelle Obama is a "Leader"

Michelle Obama is a “Leader”

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” Rudyard Kipling

Have you ever given any thought to the significance of a word? Words express us. They are powerful and they impact our day to day life. If you say a person is eccentric, you get a sense of that person. Continue reading

I Love Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty

I started Speaking of Beauty because I have felt ugly my entire life. I have spent the better part of my life trying to become what the media deems “beautiful.” I have had my nose fixed, my hair colored, exercised obsessively, nearly died from an eating disorder, felt guilty, felt ugly, and always, always –  I have never felt good enough or pretty enough.  Continue reading

Barbie in Real Life

I loved playing Barbie with my sister. My sister’s Barbie was blonde and had a “bubble-cut” hair style. My Barbie was blonde as well, with longer hair. I thought Barbie was beautiful and could only dream of being like her. We had Barbie houses, Barbie cars, and all the Barbie clothes my mother would buy for us. My sister and I thought Barbie was the epitome of beauty.
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I Wanna be an “It Girl”

Cynthia Oredugba, my perfect “It” girl

I believe I became aware of the term “it girl” while looking at one of the many fashion magazines I read. I always wanted to be an “it girl” because that would mean that I was beautiful, cool, popular, trendsetting, and fashionable, like Chloe Sevigny – at least that was what I thought it meant to be an “it girl.” I think the most recent Continue reading

Conventional Body Types

Lena Dunham

I saw a piece in the Huffington Post the other day titled, Women Who Defy Conventional Body Types in Hollywood. It briefly listed women in Hollywood who defy “conventional body types” and have no problem talking about it. A few of these women who defy the norm included Lena Dunham (Girls), Oprah Winfrey, and Kelly Clarkson.  Continue reading

What I’ve Learned

Holly Fulger

This past July, I did something that I am extremely proud of – I produced and created my web series Speaking of Beauty The series is based on the belief that every woman has a story. I wanted to open a dialog among women by interviewing them, allowing them to address fears and insecurities while challenging what is presented by the media as the “beauty standard.” The ultimate goal Continue reading

The “Inner Beauty Journal” Book Release event – Tues. Dec. 4, 2012

Wed, December 4, 6pm – 8pm
Inner Beauty Journal - book by Holly Fulger, Melissa McNamara

“The Inner Beauty Journal” Book-Release Party! Los Angeles, CA
Meet: “Speaking of Beauty” host Holly Fulger, buy her new book “The Inner Beauty Journal” and she’ll personally sign your book!
Date: Tues, Dec. 4
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Where: Bleu Clothing
454 S. La Brea
Los Angeles, CA 90036 Continue reading

Of Beauty and Barking


The Supermodel

The Supermodel

Beauty is my obsession. I became aware of beauty when I was around 12. I poured over fashion magazines and looked in the mirror to see if I was as beautiful as the models. Truthfully, I wasn’t. I was thin, had braces, and had terribly bad eyesight, which led to coke bottle glasses, framed by cat-like frames. But…I perservered. I wore a little bit of makeup. I tried to be as fashion forward as one could be in Continue reading

A Treasure! The Book “See What I Can Become” by Elyssa Fernandez

A child’s imagination is a remarkable thing. There is beauty and vision to it, as well as purity.  I had the pleasure of meeting artist/author Elyssa Fernandez and her sister, Elisha Fernandez, recently at the Success Summit produced by Today’s Innovative Woman.  Elyssa had a busy kindergarden – she wrote the book,
See What I Can Become. Isn’t that amazing? I read it and here are my thoughts: Continue reading