Goddess Worship: Natasha White

So, I met Natasha White this May.

My ladies (who you met in my Mexico post last week) and I were at Virgin Unite, Sir Richard Branson’s non-profit foundation. We got to meet great local foundations and bounce off ideas to improve their results.  While I was in the middle of a session, my biz coach Laura pulls me aside and quietly says, “I have someone I want you to meet.  She wants to be in fashion”.  Laura leads me into the the room and there is Natasha beaming ear to ear with her energetic glow and her sparkly eyes.  Immediately I thought, “Oh, I love her already!”  And the rest is history…

Natasha has lived in foster homes her whole life, 10 foster homes to be exact.  She has had some stints at shelters. Natasha’s experiences can really mirror scenes from a made-for-tv movie, and I’m not going to put those experiences down here.  She really has lived through a lot physically and emotionally.  In the transition from the foster care program into independent adulthood, Natasha dabbled in unproductive independence.  She had no desire for school. She was not motivated.

Then things took a grand shift in Natasha this year.

When I met her at Virgin Unite in May, she bragged to me that she just got her GED.  She wanted to be in fashion, but didn’t know how and where to begin, yet she was so enthusiastic..  So we sat together and created a list of schools to check out, fashion websites to immerse in, retail places to work, ideas on how to get free drawing and sewing instruction (oh, if I only had YouTube tutorials when I was in art school).  We gave each other hugs, exchanged numbers, and planned to grab lunch in the next couple of weeks.

Before we had our lunch date in June, I get a text from her elated that the Art Institute is considering her application.  Um, what? This girl works FAST!

Well, you guessed it.  She was accepted and is currently in their fashion program.  She pays her own tuition and has moved in with one of her former foster moms whom she has a great relationship with.   She is taking care of her former foster mom as she has fallen ill.  While tuition is a big strain every month, she manages to pull it off.  She really blows me away.

She now brings her sketchpad to our lunch dates to showcase her work.  I couldn’t be more happy for her.  This girl is going places.  Oh, and my friends have snuck her into a big name fashion show this past September (love you guys!).

Natasha is truly courageous and fearless.  I am in complete admiration and honored to count her as one of my friends.

So, I must ask our GH beauty for a tip…

Natasha, what is your favorite natural beauty trick/remedy?

“Oh! I love African black soap.  It makes my skin so soft, especially my feet.  It has shea butter. I can’t be without it!”

She’s pretty inspiring right?  Leave her a note in the comments below!

Comments

  1. Nathalie Lussier says:

    Oooh go Natasha! I remember the sparkle in your eye, and I’m so glad to hear you are kicking butt! Way to go, you are definitely going places… And Monique is a great person to have in your corner. :)

  2. Wow what an incredible, inspiring story! Mo-thank you so much for sharing.

    Natasha- you are KILLING IT sister! Way to go. Your courage and determination is phenomenal. Never give up and keep your focus forward. You are an inspiration for so many, myself included :) xo

  3. Yay Natasha! I met you at Virgin as well; so proud of you that you’re doing such awesome work; Monique and you were meant to meet! Many hugs and congratulations!

  4. Way to go, Natasha!
    I met you in May with Laura and I cannot believe how hard you have applied yourself to get where you are now! What an inspiration, keep pushing!
    Lots of love,
    Victoria

  5. Amazing story!!!!

    Natasha, if you put as much love and passion into your design as you’ve clearly put into your life, I have no doubt that one day you’ll be waving at your adoring fans after you’re very first show at NYC Fashion Week.

    Keep killin’ it.

    Jmw.

  6. Fabulous job Natasha!! Your story gave me goose bumps, and I am sure your designs will inspire us all as much as your dedication and drive already have!

  7. Just when i felt like giving up on life its self i went to virgin unite and met all of you strong beautiful successful independent women there and just by seeing all of you i got inspired and realized i can be like that one day too and after talking i was even more inspired by the stories i heard … i just wanna thank everybody for the comments it really means alot and Monique for taking such interest in my life just when i thought nobody cared…im currently back in the shelter system but im not gonna let that stop me, im in my second semester of school and i love it. Im gonna keep pushing until i get what i want in life…thank you so much ladies and i would love to see all of you again

  8. Stephenie Zamora says:

    Natasha, I am so stoked for you!!! You are clearly on track to creating the life and career you want! You are so impressive and I can’t wait to hear an update! Please let us all know if you ever start a blog or what you’re up to Dom time to time! I would love to support your journey! xo

    Mo, you’re awesome and you attract such amazing people!!

  9. I love to hear about women like you Natasha, who really believe in themselves and have hope and are living your dream. I wish you all that will make you truly happy in life.

  10. Laura Roeder says:

    I’m thrilled to read this update, congrats Natasha! Glad I was able to help put the two of you together. :)

  11. Natasha – congrats!! So happy for you and can’t wait to see what happens on your journey. Keep us posted. You inspire us all.

    Sending you so much love and positive energy!

  12. I just need to say that Natasha is so on point about the African Black Soap. My skin goes from icky to luscious in seconds. Take this woman’s advice. She knows what she is talking about!
    And to you Natsha… So much love. At such a young age, you already embody so much brilliance.

  13. I LOVE ALL OF YOU FOR THE NICE COMMENTS ….IT REALLY DOES LIFT MY SPIRT SOOO MUCH ….FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @JUICYT21 IM DEF GONNA FOLLOW BACK AND FACEBOOK NATASHA WHITE

  14. Keep on rockin’, Natasha!!! We believe in you!!! XOXO