Monica Marrow is the founder of What Makes You Feel Beautiful, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to teach girls and women how to cultivate self-love at every age and phase of life. She is also the creator of the F.L.Y. FIRST LOVE YOURSELF program, which offers workshops, classes, support groups, and mentoring to girls aged 13-17. Monica is a certified empowerment self-love coach, a state-certified youth mental health first aid responder and a certified Youth Suicide and Bullying Prevention Trainer.
Monica’s core values include self-love, inclusivity and empowerment. Monica’s mission is to empower girls and women by teaching them how to love and care for themselves, both physically and mentally. Her vision is to create a world where self-love is a fundamental part of every person's life. She believes that every person deserves to feel beautiful and worthy, regardless of their background, identity, or circumstances.
She is particularly passionate about empowering girls because she understands the importance of building self-esteem and self-worth at a young age. Monica's own childhood was difficult, which has fueled her desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others.
Monica's background as a retired licensed cosmetologist and former salon owner of Essential Arts Studio, as well as her work as a professional media red carpet photographer in Atlanta, G.A., have provided her with a unique perspective on the importance of self-care and self-love. She has also worked at Hudson Pride Center in New Jersey as their programs director, where she gained valuable experience in creating and managing programs that empower marginalized communities.
In 2018, Monica moved from White Plains, New York to Hawai'i, where she continues to pursue her passion for empowering girls and women. Through her work with What Makes You Feel Beautiful and the F.L.Y. FIRST LOVE YOURSELF program, Monica is making a difference in the lives of girls and women across the country.