Archive for May, 2013

Ms. Independent…..LisaRaye McCoy

image002The beautiful and charismatic actress and model, LisaRaye McCoy was born September 23, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois to a successful business man and accomplished model. She is the proud parent of beautiful 23-year-old Kai, who has started her journey in her mothers footsteps as a model for Apple Bottoms. Her daughter is an inspiration for her love and community involvement with young women. LisaRaye launched her self-esteem driven teen pageant, Miss RayeDiant Jewels, the project is very close to her heart.

The former first lady of the Turks and Caicos Islands is not only an accomplished actress but an entrepreneur in her right. Known for her trademark love for the color white LisaRaye is an exquisite vision whether giving motivational speeches for universities and corporations or making highly anticipated appearances on popular talk shows.

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LisaRaye is best known for her role as Diamond in the movie “Players Club”, as well as her role as Neesee in the comedy series, “All of Us”. She has also had feature roles in a number of popular movies and television series. She stars in the 2nd season of #1 VH1 romantic comedy series, “SINGLE LADIES.Her biggest accomplishment to date is her number one rated reality show, “The Real McCoy”!

It was so great to talk with LisaRaye and find out more on what it takes to be stylish, successful, a strong business woman and Ms. Independent rocking the world (while wearing white). Not only did LisaRaye bring incredible energy to our interview, she left me inspired to go after my dreams and always stay true to my vision. This beautiful woman is taking the reins of life into her hands and creating her own destiny. I hope you enjoy this feature as much as I enjoyed interviewing her……..

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BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be an Actress?

LRM~ When I was younger, I would bring everyone together and put on a skit or dance. When people would ask if I wanted to be an actress as a young girl I would say no, it didn’t hit me until after I had my daughter.

I started modelling at first and that was the introduction to now what has become my acting career. My first movie was the Players Club with Jamie Fox and Bernie Mac. It was Ice Cubes directorial debut and it’s where it all got started. Then I starred in Will and Jada Pickett Smiths sitcom “All of Us” on the CW Network. Then I took some time away and became the first lady of Turks and Caicos, then came back and had the successful reality show the Real McCoy and then VH1’s Single Ladies.

BB411~ If you weren’t an Actress and you could be anything in the world, what would it be?

LRM~ Definitely an entertainer, singing and dancing around on stage.

BB411~ Who did you look up to or had an influence on who you are today?

LRM~ My Father, he was a business man and owned so many types of businesses. I would go in to car as he went around to check on each and was amazed at all that we had and all that he had accomplished. It taught me a great work ethic and how to be personable.p_63

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty, what is your earliest memory?

LRM~ Yes, my Mom was a model and she use to dress up and I was like “wow that’s my mom”.

BB411~ What is your favourite color?

LRM~ It’s known that I wear white all the time, but actually green is my favourite color. Wearing white just kind of found me. I went away for a weekend and realized I packed all white. I realized how white complimented my look, it was so crisp and clean.

BB411~ What are the 5 staple pieces every woman should have in their wardrobe?

LRM~ A little white dress, a little black dress, a classic pair of heels, a fitted jacket (especially at the waist) and accessories (diamond earrings and bracelet).

lisa_raye_bio_bgBB411~Describe your style?

LRM~ Chic and Classy

BB411~ How do you stay fit?

LRM~ It’s a lifestyle, a combination of diet and exercise. Living in LA I like to go outside for hikes, be outside and see mother nature. I also have my trainer Don who keeps me moving and motivated.

BB411~ Who is your favourite Designer?

LRM~  I have so many favourites, but I love my shoes and my favourite designer is Giuseppe Zanotti and Cavalli

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

LRM~ Style

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

LRM~ To be able to share my experiences with people and encourage them to do things in their own life.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

LRM~  I’m the Global Ambassador for Susan G Goldman foundation.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

LRM~ It brings joy to my heart to know I’m responsible for uplifting and helping point someone in the right direction.

BB411~If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

LRM~ To be able to ignore the negativity when people say things that hurt your self-esteem.

BB411~ Describe yourself in 3 words?

LRM~ nurturing, funny and business minded.

BB411~ What’s your skin care regime?image004

LRM~ Creme de la Mer, Neutrogena makeup towelettes. I also go for a deep facial before and after my season.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

LRM~ C.O Bigelow lip shine in mint, I have one everywhere (purse, car, etc).

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

LRM~ C.O Bigelow lip shine, MAC eyeliner in teddy and a tinted moisturizer. I also carry some blush to put on the apples of my cheeks to look like I have been kissed by the sun.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favorite fragrance?

LRM~ I love Johnson’s baby pink lotion. My daughter puts it on her skin and hair and when she comes to kiss me good-night I just love it (she’s my baby). Favourite fragrance is what I have worn since high school from Mary Kay called Angel Fire.

BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (from your Mother or Grandmother)?

LRM~ Don’t go to bed with makeup on!

BB411~ Favorite food?

LRM~ Italian

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

LRM~ Even though I’m a hustler, I am very sensitive.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

LRM~ Make the money, don’t let the money make you.

p_38BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1, 5 and 10 years?

LRM~  In 1 year, I see myself as a millionaire with my brand going strong. In 5 years, running my enterprise from a small remote island and with a partner. In 10 years, maybe a grandchild and leisurely living.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

LRM~ Do your homework, ask questions and share your knowledge with those coming behind you.

BB411~ What is the one thing you want to be remembered for?

LRM~ My Heart

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?p_72

LRM~ Financial security

BB411~ Any tattoos?

LRM~ I do. I have a rainbow on my hip with a pot of gold at the bottom (for real).

To keep up to date on LisaRaye be sure to follow her on Twitter , like on Facebook and Check out her Website for all she has going on.

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Finding Your Strength with Rita Catolino

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When I found out that I would be interviewing the woman who helped take Tosca Reno to the next level, I was beyond ecstatic. I have admired Tosca for years and all that she has accomplished, but there was something different that seemed to transform when she started to train with her trainer and coach Rita Catolino. As I followed their journey and read Rita’s own story of personal struggle, I couldn’t help but have this urge that I wanted to experience this transformation too.

After contacting Rita for our interview (She is so sweet and genuine by the way), I began to think what if she could train me. I have said this before and will say it again, there is something about having a positive force in your corner helping to drive you. I started to post pictures of Rita for daily inspiration and during my first phase of my contest prep, used her encouraging words as I pushed harder at the gym. Rita’s physique is what I envision as my set goal.

With Rita and Tosca’s drive, determination and motivation speaking loudly in my ear, I decided to pursue hiring Rita as my Coach. Lucky for me she said YES! We will begin our training the beginning of June and with the help of following the Eat-Clean Diet lifestyle and Rita’s program I am sure to discover a new-found strength and take it to the next level.

Having the opportunity to interview 2 of my role models was something beyond words. I am very grateful and blessed to be able to share this interview with you. May it inspire you to conquer your fears and  live the best life you can. You only have the now, so why not make the most of it. Here is (in Rita’s own words) how things came to be and the incredible journey that lead her to where she is today~ Confident, Strong and Beautiful!

“It’s ironic to see the title of my web page – Rita Catolino, Fitness Model! This would have looked much different 6 years ago when fitness, nutrition and posing in a bikini or fitness wear was the farthest thing in my life.  My fitness journey started after having my little girl in 2007. I grew up watching my own mother experiment with every diet on the market.  I watched as she lost and gained weight uncontrollably and realized as I matured that this aspect of her life in turn, affected every other.  I didn’t realize that I could be heading down that same path if I didn’t do something about it. It was this huge milestone that pushed me to change. This new “precious package” in my arms made me realize that I wasn’t happy with my health choices. I needed energy and a positive self-image to be able to pass that on to my daughter and break the cycle of yo-yo dieting in my family.

I went to the gym, started doing group exercise classes, picked up Tosca Reno’s The Eat Clean Diet and was on my way!  Okay, it wasn’t quite that easy. Initially, I struggled to make it to the gym, often caving in and eating my white pasta and cheese. Did I mention wine? Weekends (Thursday- Sunday) were still my cheat times, and I struggled with the new commitment of motherhood. But, the hard work paid off.  Slowly and steadily I started to see progress over the months, and so did my friends. A friend of mine who noticed my progress recommended I get started on a free weight routine and offered to show me some workouts.  After that first session, I was hooked on iron! I loved the pump and aggression of lifting weights. I started putting on lean muscle mass and toning my body quicker than I thought was possible, and Angela suggested I sign up for my first fitness competition…and I did. In May of 2009, I stepped on the stage for the first time. I didn’t win, nor did I place in the top 10, but I felt like a winner and I was hooked.

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Now, 4 years later, competing and fitness modelling are part of my lifestyle.  They keep me focussed and motivated. I am constantly training to evolve and become a recognized presence in the fitness industry.   I am now a certified personal trainer and eating clean is a huge part my life, as well as my client’s and family’s. I still find time to enjoy the odd glass of full bodied red and some yummy Gorgonzola cheese, but in moderation.  I hope to continue learning on this journey and inspire people to do the same.” ~Rita Catolino

BB411~ You struggled with your weight, what was the turning point when first getting into shape?

RC~ There wasn’t one specific moment; it was an accumulation of moments in time that led to my decision of taking my life back into my own hands.  The most prevalent were the birth of my daughter and wanting to be a healthy role model for her.  I also didn’t want to fit into the stereotypical “mom” role of “letting yourself go” after having kids. I had a desire to be strong both mentally and physically for this new being for which I was responsible for. ~Rita Catolino

BB411~ How did becoming a Personal Trainer/Fitness Coach and Fitness Model come to be?

RC~ I never planned on becoming either. It was passion that brought me here. As I started transforming my own body, women at the gym would ask for my help. I started guiding them and found that the nurturer and teacher in me (I was an ESL teacher and preschool teacher) were unleashed. I decided to leave my teaching career and jump head first into a new industry and soak up all that I could! The modelling came after doing a few fitness shows and being approached by photographers. I slowly worked up my portfolio and voila!

BB411~ How did you meet and come to work with Tosca Reno (How did the Eat Clean Diet change your life)?

IMG_0090-669x411RC~ The Eat Clean Diet was recommended to me after approaching a girl at the gym who had the body I had always dreamed of.  I approached her and asked; “which exercises should I do to look like you?”- She laughed and responded with heavy weights, but my secret is the Eat Clean Diet. I don’t think I have ever run to Chapters so fast.  I bought the book, read it front to back, and changed my life from that moment on. No questions, no excuses, no adapting. Something about the way it was written and laid out made it seem attainable and doable. I became a die-hard Tosca fan from that moment. After years of hard work and dedication, I was called on by Oxygen Magazine to shoot as their fitness model. I became to grow close to the photography team and make-up artists. When Valeria Nova, one of the artists inquired about getting a trainer, I jumped on board and started working with her. As Tosca’s makeup artist, it became aware to Tosca just how much Valeria changed her body. Curious to how, Tosca asked how she sculpted this new body. A month later, I had an email from Tosca asking to help prepare her for a Fitness show in honour of her late husband, Robert Kennedy. The rest as they say, is history.

BB411~ Where does your drive and focus come from?

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RC~ I think it is an innate character trait. I have always been very self-demanding from as young as I can remember. I believe it is an intrinsic quality that can be improved upon, or forgotten about. Luckily for me, I had the example of two incredibly hard-working parents to follow by their example. My father came to Canada from Italy when he was 18, and had to work extremely hard to fit into his new culture. He taught me tenacity, dedication and to never give up through his own actions. My mother, intrinsically a very passionate woman, instilled in me at a very young age that anything was possible. I thank them both for helping nurture an already feisty soul.

BB411~ If you weren’t in the career you are today and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

RC~ I would definitely be an actress.  I grew up going to special theatre schools and music schools. I would have loved to be a theatre actress, or even do movies.  I love calling out my alter ego and being able to become another character.

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BB411~ Which fitness and athletes did you admire growing up or do today?

RC~ I grew up in a culturally rich household where cooking, traditions like wine making, tomato sauce and sausages kept us busy. Music, theatre, piano and violin lessons were all part of our spare time. I don’t remember having any specific fitness or athletes that I looked up to.  I do remember watching the Nadia Comaneci biography as a young girl and being very inspired by her. I went on to dabble in gymnastics because of her. Nowadays, I look up to Rafael Nadal for his amazing work ethic and of course in my industry, to Tosca Reno for her being one of the biggest motivators for my own personal journey.

BB411~ What is your fitness regimen what supplements are important to take when training?

RC~ My training is always changing depending on the season, if I am competing, travelling, or if I have an upcoming shoot. Generally speaking, I strength train 2 times per week (heavy dead lifts, squats, ring pulls, push ups, sled work). I also train my posterior chain 2 times per week, upper 2 times per week. I like to incorporate hot yoga 2 times per week. When I have the time, I will do HIIT (high intensity interval training). There are many supplements on the market. I stick to fish oil, vitamin C and D and Branched Chain Amino Acids (Rivalus). I also take a good probiotic for healthy gut flora.

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RC~ I love to train shoulders. Such a beautiful body part, especially on a woman (the best accessory to any top). The Overhead push press is my favourite right now.

BB411~ Are there any key points you would give for someone prepping for a fitness competition?

RC~ Give yourself enough time to train for a show- if it is your fist time, don’t try to smash it all into 8 weeks. It takes time to build a physique worthy of stage. Hire a coach and get some proper guidance.

BB411~ What are the top reasons you would recommend an individual hiring a Coach?

RC~ It takes the guessing out of the equation. It is very hard for people to self-evaluate.  There already comes a lot of self-doubt with the process, but if you have someone on your team reassuring your, telling you what to do and when, it makes the process and journey that much more enjoyable and doable.

BB411~ What has being a Mom meant to you?paris

RC~ EVERYTHING! Aside from the joy and daily pleasures I get from this amazing little being, I am also given daily lessons. If you really sit and listen to young children, they can teach you so much. They have uncensored thoughts and have not been jaded by life or circumstance yet. They are the truth and they will tell you like it is. She keeps me grounded and reminds me that at the end of the day, no matter what happened, I have her and she has me. It is the best relationship.

BB411~ How do you stay motivated with life’s daily stresses that come up?

RC~ There are days when I just want to stay home, stay under the covers and ignore the world- but those are precisely the days that I need to push extra hard and prove to myself that I CAN DO IT. I know the feeling of post workout endorphin rush- that feeling is undeniably the best feeling in the world. Every time I leave a session, I feel better, more energized and ready to tackle the daily list of things to do. I try to remember those feelings when I just don’t want to get to the gym.. I also give in to those feelings from time to time as well- and that is okay too.

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

220779_10150177949254790_502059789_6970938_4354083_oRC~ YES I can remember from a young age sitting for hours with my mother’s jewelry and shoes and just being in awe of their wonderful colours and shapes. Growing up we visited Italy every summer, and as a young teenager, that is where my true love of style, fashion and beauty began.

BB411~ Describe your style?

RC~ A mix between boho-chic and euro classic.  My go to is black, but it is not rare to see me in coral, green, yellow….

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

RC~ Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But the most beautiful woman is one with confidence.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

RC~ I support St.Joseph’s Hospice in London Ontario. I also donate and volunteer for many local based charities whether it is by emceeing, being a model or by giving monetarily.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

RC~ I have the honor of being able to help women daily with their self-image and confidence.  After struggling myself, and now being on the other side, I feel blessed to give back to women and share my strategies and secrets to get their lives back and become the best version of themselves.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

RC~ To not worry so much about what others think and follow your own passion. Stay true to yourself and your goals.

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RC~ Passionate, Driven, Nurturer

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

RC~ I am now obsessed with eye cream. I wash my face before bed with NeoStrata, use a Clinique toner, Estee Lauder Advanced Night repair Serum, Night Cream by Dr Renaud and Estee Lauder eye cream.  Morning consists of day cream, eye cream and once a week a mask from Dermalogica. I try more as I get older as I am started to see changes….eek!! I go to the gym everyday and I don’t wear foundation but I do put the Dermalogica Skin-Perfect Primer on everyday.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

RC~ Christian Dior Addict Lip Glow (Lip gloss brings out the natural hue of your lips, perfect for the gym), Bath and Body Works Vanilla body spray, Bert’s Bees hand cream (For cold Canadian winters). I can’t leave out YSL’s Touche Eclat.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without

RC~ Guerlain Bronzer/Highlighter

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favorite fragrance?

RC~ Yes.  My nonna (grandmother) used to wear an Estee Lauder sparkly scented powder in a crème box that she kept in her bedroom. I loved her so much as well as the scent.  I can’t find it anymore, but my mom had one for years; I used to stick my nose in it all day when she passed. I love intense smells, chocolatey with cinnamon, coffee and patchouli notes. Angel is my favourite winter scent, while POISON by Dior is my current scent.

BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

1297359124410_ORIGINALRC~ My Father’s mother, Lucia who recently passed and lived in Italy, swore by Olive Oil.  She used it on her skin, hair and nails.  Whenever we had dry knuckles, elbows and nails growing up, my mom would slather it on my sister and I.

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

RC~ A lot of my fans don’t know that I speak fluent Italian and Spanish and that I lived in Spain for over 5 years. I also have my grade 8 piano and played the violin for 7 years.  I also am a foodie who loves to cook!

BB411~ Favorite food?

RC~ Seafood (scallops).

BB411~ Favorite cheat meal?

RC~ Charcuterie board with artisanal cheese, pate and spreads.

BB411~ Favorite smoothie recipe?

RC~ Spinach, beets, ginger, apple, avocado, cinnamon and some pure cocoa nibs.

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

RC~ Write my own book.

BB411~ Favourite Quote?

RC~ I don’t have one I’m not a quote girl, but Tosca said something to me last week when we were at lunch. I was thanking her for everything she’s done for me, even though I was prepared she gave me the opportunity. She said “Success is when preparedness and opportunity meet”.IMG_1002

BB411~ What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?

RC~ I think when I left Canada to study in Spain for a year by myself with no real knowledge of the Spanish language. After living there for a year and fending for myself, having immersed myself in the language and conquering my fears, I knew that there was nothing in life that was impossible.  It gave me the confidence in life that I had lacked until then.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

RC~ Do it headfirst without looking back. Make sure it is something that you are truly passionate about. When you work for yourself, you will be working at all hours of the day, days of the week. No 9-5 ~ Your brain is constantly working. This is great if you LOVE what you do, but if you don’t, then you will end up regretting it.

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?

406818_335583813127494_182824181736792_1350301_771970678_nRC~ I see my online program growing to include more videos, tutorials and expanding to reach more women worldwide. In 5 years, I see myself becoming more internationally known, especially in Spain where I am just starting to break ground. I envision the Spanish community welcoming me as their fitness expert. A book will definitely happen too; that could happen in 1, 5 or 10 years. I will continue to evolve and stay current in this ever-changing industry with the ultimate goal of helping people, specifically women, find their optimal self. I am here to stay!

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

RC~ Spain

To keep up to date on Rita be sure to follow her on Twitter , like on Facebook, check out You Tube, Pinterest and Website.

Remember to check back in and follow my journey as Rita helps me take it to the next level!

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I look forward to hearing from all of you, email at beautybuzz411@gmail.com or simply leave a comment here

Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

An Eat-Clean Revolution with Tosca Reno

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Tosca Reno is the New York Times bestselling author of Your Best Body Now and the Eat-Clean Diet® series, which has sold more than two million copies worldwide. She is one of the leading North American health and wellness experts fighting the battle against obesity. Tosca has a B.Sc., B.Ed. and is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP).

At the age of 40, Tosca took control of her life and transformed her overweight and unfulfilled self into a strong, fit woman by eating clean. For the past decade, she has been helping an ever-increasing number of followers lose weight and get healthy with the Eat-Clean Diet®.

In her multiple roles as author, certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, fitness model and motivational speaker, Tosca translates healthy eating into an easily adaptable and enjoyable lifestyle that has attracted big-name celebrity followers such as Angelina Jolie, Bobbi Brown and Nicole Kidman. She sits on the board for the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA) and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).

Tosca is a popular guest on numerous national TV, radio and web programs, including The Suzanne Show, Good Morning America, The Doctors, The Early Show on CBS and Fox and Friends. She also appears regularly on Extra and the Steven and Chris Show. Her Gemini award-winning reality show Tosca: Flexing at 49, was featured on Canada’s Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), and she has plans to release a much-anticipated follow-up series examining life after the loss of her husband Robert Kennedy.bob_tosca

After Robert’s death in April 2012, Tosca became the president and CEO of his company, Robert Kennedy Publishing, an innovative health and fitness publisher dedicated to creating products that inspire people to realize their full potential. She also contributes regularly to Clean Eating and Oxygen magazines, and has been on the cover of the latter an impressive eight times. When she isn’t in front of the camera, Tosca is spreading her personal brand of inspiration through fitness and motivational seminars at conventions, businesses, charity events and women’s groups across North America.

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On a mission to help as many people as possible transform their lives, Tosca has started what she calls an Eat-Clean Revolution. And with one look at the spectacular transformation photos and grateful messages across her extensive social media network, it is clear that this revolution is creating powerful, positive change.

I can’t tell you how blessed and honoured I feel to be able to share this interview and feature on Tosca with all of you. I can still  remember years back picking up my copy of the Eat-Clean Diet, I never knew a little book would change my life forever. I was instantly drawn to Tosca’s story and energy. I had and have such admiration for her and instantly fell in love with the lifestyle.

I remember reading her story and seeing how she grabbed the reins on life and took destiny into her own hands (at age 40). Tosca shows such incredible strength, determination and passion that it shows me daily there really are no excuses for living your best life. She has encouraged me and inspired me to be a better person and keep my head up with life’s challenges.

Tosca has created the Eat-Clean World and allowed all of us to share in her every step. We have seen her struggle and overcome obstacles, while always having an open heart. Her love for her family is beautiful and her infectious smile could light up any room. When I heard of the news of Robert’s passing, I was deeply saddened and wondered how she would cope. All I can say is I didn’t think I could respect and adore her more, but I did. The way she shared her emotions was so moving, raw and incredibly brave. That’s just the kind of woman she is, always living life with an open heart. You can see her beautiful video on speaking about Robert Here.

This picture that I have included from Oxygen Magazine with Tosca on the cover is one of my favourites, I keep it close to push myself harder at the gym. I also reference many pictures of Tosca and her trainer Rita Catolino (who is now my new coach~ Interview and update coming soon). I picture Rita and Tosca’s voice encouraging me to give it all that I’ve got. At the end of the day we all have self-doubt that creeps in from time to time, but surrounding ourselves with positive influences and inspirations is the only way to quiet that little voice that says you can’t. I keep Tosca’s “Just The Rules” by my bed so I am reminded every time I go to bed and wake to live and breathe the Eat-Clean way.

Featuring an interview with one of my role models has been a dream for some time. When I heard that I was going to have the opportunity, I was over the moon with excitement. It really is hard to put into exact words what this wonderful woman has done for me physically, emotionally and spiritually. She is like my Oprah in the fitness world, her words lift you up and keep you going strong. I love how vulnerable she is and uses it to help millions. I can say from the bottom of my heart that life just wouldn’t be the same without Tosca and the Eat-Clean Diet. They always say to dream a bigger dream, well mine is to one day meet and work with Tosca in some way. Who knows maybe a Oxygen Magazine spread is in my future, one will continue to Believe.

BB411~ You struggled with your weight, what was the turning point when first getting into shape?

TR~ You have to get to your worst place before you finally get better and I did that. Being obese and ill made me change – that and my family.

BB411~ How did Becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and health/wellness expert come to be?

TR~ Through sheer passion, curiosity and having changed my own health through better nutrition.

BB411~ What inspired the Eat Clean Diet?

TR~ Same thing as above – I needed to clean up the way I ate and I did it!

BB411~ Have you thought of developing a seminar to have personal trainers under your brand that represent the Eat Clean way?

TR~ Yes – on it! Stay tuned.

BB411~ Where does your drive and focus come from?Tosca 08

TR~ I have a deep passion to make a true impact, namely in the health, fitness and nutrition world.

BB411~ If you weren’t in the career you are today and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

TR~ A farmer

BB411~ Which fitness stars and athletes did you admire growing up or do today?

TR~ Rachel McLish and Cory Everson

BB411~ What is your fitness regime and what supplements are important to take when training?

TR~ Very long answer! I do a lot! Lift, run, bike, swim, CrossFit and more. I Eat Clean for nutrition and supplement with laughter and celebration.

Tosca 09BB411~ Are there any key points you would give for someone prepping for a fitness competition?

TR~ Have laser-sharp focus, don’t quit, ask experts and be prepared to work hard.

BB411~How do you stay motivated with life’s daily stresses that come up?

TR~ I practice gratitude every day.

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TR~ No!

BB411~ Describe your style?

TR~ Clean, body conscious, classic

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

TR~ Confidence in oneself is beautiful.

BB411~ Your family and you are close, how have they impacted you?

TR~ They are my rock, my survival, my inspiration.

BB411~ How did your parents influence the person you are today?

TR~ They made me – I learned discipline and hard work from them.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

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TR~ To live to one’s utmost ability is the only way to do it!!

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

TR~ Diabetes Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

TR~ That means to live life with a conscience and an eye to the condition of your fellow man.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

TR~ Stay strong – your time will come. You have gifts. You’ll see!

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

TR~ TALL, STRONG, STUBBORN

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BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

TR~ I drink plenty of H2O and don’t eat sugar. I eat 3 tablespoons of coconut oil every day.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

TR~ Coconut oil, Burt’s Bees Cuticle Cream, Bobbi Brown lip gloss.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

TR~ H2O! Bobbi Brown’s facial cleansing regimen.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favorite fragrance?

TR~ Lavender, lilac, hyacinth

BB411~ Do you have a best-kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

TR~ Drink water and add 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar before mealsTosca 07

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

TR~ My eyes change color!

BB411~ Favorite quote?

TR~ “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

BB411~ Favorite food?

TR~ All greens – love them all!

BB411~ Favorite cheat meal?

TR~ Lasagna!!

BB411~ Favorite smoothie recipe?

TR~ Kale, spinach, avocado, coconut water, Sunwarrior protein powder, flax and chia

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

TR~ See the pyramids and Egypt, and see Uluru in Australia’s Outback

Tosca 03BB411~ What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?

TR~ I can do anything. No kidding! Just believe.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

TR~ Keep going! See the vision in your head – pursue it!

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?

TR~ Just as fit, smarter, and more successful in books, TV and Eating Clean.

Tosca 02BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

TR~ Eating Clean!

BB411~ I want to thank you for this amazing opportunity to feature and interview you on Beauty Buzz 411. You have been such an incredible role model. I also wanted to say how deeply saddened I was to hear about Roberts passing. He was such a remarkable man, great mentor, icon in the fitness community and will continue to inspire us all throughout the years. Thank you for continuing all that you built together, you inspire and encourage me each day.

TR~ Thank you! It’s an honor to be a part of your blog.

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Beauty Buzz 411 Gives Back to “Fuck Cancer”

FCI_logo_doc_horAfter months of planning, the day has finally arrived for the Beauty Buzz 411 2nd Annual Charity Gala. There has been so much buzz and support, my heart is overflowing with love.

Two years ago when Beauty Buzz 411 launched, I knew that I wanted to celebrate my anniversary each year by giving back to charity. BB411 has blessed me with the opportunity to work with amazing companies and I have met incredible people along the way. I believe that one person can make a difference and no amount of giving is too small.

Last year on BB411 Anniversary I cut my hair and donated 11.5″ to Locks of Love, the proceeds raised went to the Make a Wish Foundation. With such a great turn out,  the hype for this years event has been building for months. We hope to beat our success from last year and give back by bringing awareness to an amazing organization for a cause that has affected so many people. 545684_10152582073880621_111483793_n

When scouting out what charity to support for this years gala, I kept coming across Fuck Cancer. There was just something that kept drawing me to the organization and it felt very dear to my heart. From the moment I got in contact with the team they have opened their hearts and supported me in so many ways. I love the community they have and their focus on education and early detection. As the weeks went on I soon realized that Fuck Cancer was not just a charity, it was a family. Fuck Cancer educates Gen Y on early detection, prevention and the communication of cancer.

With the help of an incredible team I wanted to create a photo shoot that would show my support and capture the raw beauty of this amazing charity. I wanted to take a stand and not only be a voice that supported the cause, but be part of the change I want to see in this world. I had the absolute pleasure to be shot by Photographer Martin Szabo, Stylist Crystal Carson, Make Up Artist Allison Giroday and Hair Stylist Simon James.

After doing our shoot I went through a health scare with the C word and lost a friend to Cancer. This event soon became closer to my heart. Stay tuned for the in-depth story

I want to send a great BIG THANK YOU to the following individuals and companies, your generous support and beautiful hearts made this night possible. To all those that are attending I look forward to a great night ahead.

Fuck Cancer, One1One magazine, Pink Pearl PR, Empress Avenue, Brendan Brazier and the Vega Team, Tosca Reno and the Eat Clean Team, Bernadette Leno, Smell This Aromatherapy, Dermalogica, Justin Pasutto, John Frieda, Amanda Beisel~SKN, Fresh Vancouver Magazine, Leo B Originals, Jennifer Williams Photography, Lisa Marie Skin, Golden Event Tanning, Chef Ned Bell, Shine Jewels, Pop Chips, Flying Flips, Lejum Dead Sea Skin Care, Beauty through Balance by Ancient Secrets, Di Morelli, Korres, Will from Marram Fine Wines, Michelle Sayour & Crossroads Dental Wellness, LOLO, My Pakage, Anna and Kristina ~The Shopping Bags, Sheek PR, Monica Blichar, Martin Szabo Photography, Robert Wilson, the Volunteers and Coast Restaurant.

Make sure to check out Twitter tonight @beautybuzz411 for live coverage of the event~ #BB411GivesBack #BB4FC

And don’t miss post event coverage to see all the pics

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Walking the Walk with Miss USA ~ Nana Meriwether

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Very few people can say their lives changed forever while they were watching television; Nana Meriwether can.

While sitting in a restaurant with friends December 19th, 27-year-old Nana watched as the then reigning Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, advanced through the Miss Universe competition and eventually claimed the title. By the end of the telecast all eyes in the restaurant were on Nana who, as the first runner-up of the 2012 MISS USA® Competition, assumed the title of Miss USA, a lifelong dream for this beautiful, accomplished woman.

 

For Nana, extraordinary accomplishments are not considered over-achievements because in her family, it’s simply the natural order of things.

Her Mother, Nomvimbi, grew up in Soweto, South Africa under apartheid and despite the obstacles, became one of the country’s first black, female lawyers. She went on to earn her CPA and MBA.

Her Father, Delano, was the first African-American to be accepted to Duke University Medical School, where he graduated with honors. At 27, he took up competitive running and was subsequently featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and holds a World Record for the 100-yard-dash.

Nana was born in South Africa while her Father was there as a medical missionary and lived her first years in rural villages with the country’s poorest population.

Upon returning to the United States, Nana attended the Sidwell Friends School, best known as the current and former school of the Obama daughters, Chelsea Clinton and Al Gore Jr. She began her college career at Duke University but soon transferred to UCLA where she was a member of the Women’s Volleyball team.

By the time she reached her senior year, Nana had helped lead the team to the NCAA Final Four, broken three NCAA records and was a two-time NCAA All American. These accolades earned her a feature in Sports Illustrated in 2006. She graduated from UCLA with honors and a degree in Political Science. In 2009, Nana was admitted to the University of Southern California where she completed post-graduate premedical sciences studies in their Post Baccalaureate Program.

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Nana is proud of her South African heritage and visits the country regularly. Inspired by the pro-bono volunteer work her parents did in the early 80s, she helped co-found the non-profit group, The Meriwether Foundation. The organization is based in several rural villages in five countries of Southern Africa and has initiated HIV/AIDS programs, opened several schools and clinics, started orphanages, and developed organic agricultural and water projects.

Since becoming Miss USA, Nana has already taken advantage of the title and attended the famous Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and multiple Super Bowl XLVII activities in New Orleans, Louisiana. Nana has attend South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX, and was honored by the Maryland General Assembly for her work as Miss USA. She also participated in LAFEST – the first annual soccer game that brings entertainment, media, advertising professionals, etc. together to raise money for the Mia Hamm Foundation and Grassroot Soccer. During her reign, Nana will continue her work for The Meriwether Foundation as well as working with some of the official cause alliances of the Miss Universe Organization including the USO, the Same Sky Trade Initiative, Best Buddies, Gilda’s Club and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

When I found out that Nana had become Miss USA, I was overjoyed. Not only is she beautiful on the outside, but she radiates internal beauty with her generous heart. Beauty Buzz 411 features individuals that have that something special, that go over and above to give back and lend a hand. With all the philanthropy work Nana is involved in and believes in, it was only fitting to want to feature her. She is the perfect role model for all girls, an inspiration to live your life in the moment and to be the best person you can be. It is an honour to share this feature with all of you on someone that’s going to leave a big mark on this world! Photographer credit to Fadil Berisha

nana-meriwether-7BB411~ What inspired you to compete in the Miss USA Competition at the age of 27?

NM~ It took me five tries to win a state and finally compete on the Miss USA stage. I won Miss Maryland USA the last year I could compete before I aged out. It was a dream of mine to become Miss USA and despite doors closing, negativity and people telling me I should stop competing, I persevered, continued on and eventually became Miss USA.

BB411~ What do you hope to accomplish with your title and what do you want to be remembered for?

NM~ I hope to bring the 501 c 3 non-profit organization I co-founded to more national and international recognition. I started The Meriwether Foundation in 2006 and I hope to be remembered for the medical and community work I currently do in five countries of southern Africa.

BB411~ What do you plan on doing after your title is passed on (Career Wise)?

NM~ I graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science. I was then admitted to The University of Southern California where I did post-graduate studies in premedical sciences. I took my MCAT’s as well and I am eligible to apply to medical school. I will probably pursue medicine but I am keeping my options open.

BB411~ How did your parents influence the person you are today?

NM~ My mom has a law and business degree and she is a CPA. My father was the first African-American to go to Duke University and he is now a medical doctor. My parents have really stressed academics in my life and it has inspired me to aspire to higher education.

BB411~ What are the key points to being a good role model?nana-meriwether-61

NM~ Walk the walk before you talk the talk.

BB411~ You were born in South Africa, what was your childhood like?

NM~ I was born in South Africa and moved when I was 3. I grew up in the Washington DC area and went to the Sidwell Friends School. Sidwell is the current and former school of the Obama daughters, Chelsea Clinton, Al Gore Jr., The Nixons, Roosevelt’s etc. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was such a blessing to be raised and educated with some of our country’s political elite.

BB411~ Have you always been athletic?

NM~ Yes, but it was a lot of hard work to play for UCLA, professionally and at an Olympic level.

BB411~ What do you do to stay fit and healthy?

NM~ I do a lot of juicing. My favorite is a mix of kale, cucumber, ginger, apples and beets. I also do a lot of cardio and yoga.

BB411~ What did it mean to you to be featured in the 2006 sports Illustrated?

NM~ I played volleyball for UCLA. By my senior year I had led my team to an NCAA Final Four, broke 3 NCAA records and I was a two-time All American. Despite all these accomplishments, being in Sports Illustrated made me realize I was doing something right. My father was also on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1971 so it was great following in his footsteps.

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

NM~ Yes, but I also have an athletic and studious side to me. In college I designed and made my own evening gown collection for the annual UCLA Spring Fashion Show.

BB411~ Describe your style?

NM~ I would describe my style as resort chic – lots of flow, lots of comfort.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?5L3A2395 copy crop-1

NM~ It means knowing who you are and being confident about it!

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

NM~ What inspires me is proving people wrong.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

NM~ Yes I cofounded a non-profit, The Meriwether Foundation. We have medical and community based projects in southern Africa. We have opened schools, clinics, orphanages and we have started agricultural, water and HIV/AIDS projects.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

NM~ I think when people give back they think they are changing other people’s lives when it is the opposite. Giving back gives you a great perspective on life.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

NM~ Things will get better!

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NM~ Ambitious, tall, multifaceted

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

NM~ I make sure to remove all of my makeup before I go to bed and I always moisturize.

BB411~ What are your go to hair products?

NM~ Hot rollers!

BB411~ Top Beauty Brands you love for Makeup?

NM~ MAC and Rain Cosmetics

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

NM~ Lip color, powder and blush.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

NM~ Contour powder

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favorite fragrance?

NM~ Elizabeth Taylor perfume. My mom always wore it and still does.

BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

FGpix2NM~ Moisturize!

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

NM~ I grew up a vegetarian.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

NM~ “The middle child has more to prove” -written on the wall at a burger joint on 22nd and 6th Ave

BB411~ Favorite food?

NM~ I love Indian food. My favorite dish is Saag Paneer.

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

NM~ Running a marathon.

BB411~ What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?

NM~ I’m still waiting.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs (young girls) starting out that are following their dreams?

NM~ Never give up even when negativity stares you straight in the face.

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?

NM~ What’s great about the Miss USA title is it opens so many doors and reveals so many opportunities. I have an interest in medicine and I definitely want a family, but I am going to see where the title takes me a year to 10 years from now.

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?5L3A1109 copy crop-1

NM~ Dachshunds!

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