I grew up in Arizona, but have lived on Maui since early 2017. What truly makes me feel beautiful is my radical bravery. I feel beautiful knowing I am capable of so much.
I feel accomplished just from persevering through the various challenges and environments I’ve found myself in. Since leaving home at 18, I have lived in 8 different states and countries, traveled more, up and moving frequently with the hunger to seek an understanding of life in different places. Within that time, I’ve built trails in Mississippi, hitchhiked all over Colorado, I drove up to the Pacific Northwest and found myself working on a commercial fishing boat, I spent 6 months hiking from rim to rim (and back) of the Grand Canyon every week, I studied Coastal Ecology and Marine Biology in Sonora, Mexico, and I finished undergraduate degree in Natural History and a Ecology throughout those experiences. I haven’t done things conventionally, but I feel I have lived a dozen different lives in pursuit of wisdom and experience. My strongest and most specialized skill is being an equestrian. I began learning from and working for riding coaches training, exercising, and riding horses when I was a kid. Over the years, I’ve found plenty of side jobs working people’s horses. I continue riding horses and mules today, over 20 years later.
My outlook on life is “the grass is greener where you water it”. This resonates with my personal core values and is how I choose to lead my life. Through hard work and persistence, you can build the life you desire with what resources you were given. I strive for self reliance and seek to learn new things to add to my toolbox, but it takes a continued effort. I’m always striving for more.
I love working for the National Park Service because I feel a sense of purpose in the work I do. I help interpret information, educate visitors, and make safe the trails on our public lands. What I enjoy doing the most is working with the pack mules at the park. Through the NPS, I get incredible opportunities to attend trainings, build new skills, and work in mind blowing places. I am inspired by the other capable women in my field because of the valuable work they do, in the ways their skills differ from my own, and how all our collective work fits together within public lands management. I look up these women who have held long careers within the NPS. They’re tough, practical, intelligent, they get the job done.
I am most grateful for the tough National Park Service women before me who have built the trails I now hike, worked for our representation in public lands management, and made it a safer work environment for women like me to inhabit today. Right now, I am also grateful for my little tea and reading nook. I find myself spending so much time here seizing quiet moments between my busy schedule.
Sometimes I feel like I stick out here on Maui, but in the best way. I’m tentative yet tenacious, skeptical but willing to jump in while I vigilantly feel things out. I’m critical, highly discerning, and pragmatic. I’m happiest operating under a little stress, having to adapt quickly, solve problems, and make fast judgements on the spot. I’m happiest at the end of the week when a job is well done. I’m incredibly proud to be my entire person.
I decided to become a spokesmodel because I want to contribute my unique perspective to reach women who are similar to myself. I don’t always feel like other messages of women’s empowerment fully resonate with women who think like me, and I want those girls to feel a connection, too. What I love about WMYFB is that is gives me all these opportunities to appreciate and mingle with different perspectives. It’s very broadening for me to hear other women’s stories. I always leave events, campaigns, and meetings feeling cared for and uplifted. I love WMYFB’s message of self empowerment. This is a movement that celebrates women in all the ways they are capable and powerful, not how we are disadvantaged.
My next campaign is What Makes You Feel Beautiful. It's all about getting women to expand their ideas of beauty and see more inner beauty within themselves.
Inner Beauty Spokes Model
Anne-Marie Taylor Spain
I was born and raised in Berkeley, CA and am now living on Maui.
What makes me feel beautiful is being alive and being at peace enough to enjoy the little things. I am proud of myself for quite a few things, like: becoming a property manager in California at the age of 19, raising over $700 when I was 12 for Toys for Tots after a tsunami disaster by selling my art at an art show I organized, performing on stage either dancing or singing multiple times in my life, and dedicating the last year to taking care of my grandmother. I love being a caretaker for my grandmother, because she is proof that beauty cannot be defined by age.
I sing, play guitar, and write music in my spare time. I also love to paint and do spontaneous photography. If it’s creative, you’ll see me trying it.
I love driving around the back roads of Upcountry Maui while listening to music. The clean wind on my face makes me feel so beautiful.
I believe in changing what you can and accepting what you can’t, and if I am to do anything radically, I am going to love radically.
I am inspired by my community, family, and friends, especially my grandmother. She motivates me to live my life to the fullest and to never take anything for granted.
I love WMYFB for the inspiration it gives other women. Since being asked the question “What Makes You Feel Beautiful?”, I have been on an amazing journey of self-discovery and I am blessed to be able to empower other women and girls to do the same.
Inner Beauty Spokes Model
My name is Tara Orr. I was born and raised in Morris County, New Jersey. One of my accomplishments include being the team leader of Pinups For Pit bulls for the state of Hawaii, having my own podcast, being a successful entrepreneur, and traveling all over the world. My hobbies consist of reading, music, spending time with and spoiling my dog, Olive, health and wellness, cooking, boxing and photography.
My outlook on life is to treat others as I expect to be treated. Always come at everyone with love and kindness first and foremost. You don’t know what someone's day has been like or what their story is and I feel that it is our duty to be respectful and considerate of that at all times.
I enjoy being an big sister and an auntie because I feel like it gives me responsibility to always be stepping outside of myself. Constantly looking at the big picture reminds me to be the best me and the best example I can be for my niece and all my brothers.
I am inspired by all of the strong, beautiful, powerful women I am fortunate enough to have in my tribe. We all are so in uplifting, supporting, and speaking love and life over one another. I am most grateful for having them all in my corner through this life.
The best advice I’ve ever been given was from Janet Orr, my fabulous great grandmother. She always used to say to me “ Act, don’t react.” This didn’t make sense when I was eight years old but for some reason it always stuck with me. These three words have helped me make better decisions throughout my life. They’ve always reminded me to take a couple of seconds to choose my words and to organize my thoughts.
The reason I decided to become a spokes-model was because of my experience at my first campaign. I had already fallen in love with the mission of this organization and very quickly knew that WMYFB was something I could absolutely stand behind. But it wasn’t until I was at my first campaign and I was asked “ What makes you feel beautiful?” This question took me by surprise. I thought “what a profound question to ask a woman! No one has ever asked me that before!” I then started listening to the answers from the other women that were being asked the same thing, and realized how colorful we truly are. I feel like there is a certain point at which we get to in our lives where we are changing or have just made a change, big or small, and we cross paths this organization and WMYFB becomes a part of that process of growth or healing. What I love most about WMYFB is how we so naturally and fluently encourage, nurture, and empower women. It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever been a part of.