Monday, November 11 at 7pm
Daryl Roth Theatre
101 E 15th St, New York, NY 10003
Inspired by Erica Schmidt’s adaptation of Cyrano, the panel, moderated by Nancy Giles, will discuss how those who live outside of what society deems as “normal” beauty standards can love themselves despite outward oppression. We will explore the origins of defined “normal” beauty standards and ways in which these notions are being challenged today. The panel will unpack who actually decides what is considered ‘unlovable’, ways to find inner acceptance and the process towards transitioning to a more inclusive acceptance of what is beautiful.
Nancy Giles is an Emmy-winning contributor to “CBS News Sunday Morning,” and tries to be witty on various political panels on MSNBC. She’s acted in films and on TV and was recently Off-Broadway in The New Group’s Good For Otto by David Rabe. She’s also written and performed solo shows and is working on a collection of essays and true stories. Her podcast “The Giles Files” is on the Apple Podcast app, Google Play, and Stitcher. Be cool and subscribe!
Rebecca Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Midtown, Manhattan specializing in life transitions, relationships, disordered eating, body image, stress management, and anxiety including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, or anxiety related to an upcoming life transition. Her practice is social justice oriented with a feminist lens and holistic in its approach.
Offering sessions both in person and virtually (via video or telephone) Rebecca integrates mindfulness practices and the creative expressive arts techniques to assist the needs of clients. With her understanding that talking may not always be comfortable for some, Rebecca uses other forms of expression such as drawing, writing or movement to communicate and explore feelings and concepts. This can look and feel different for each person.
Traditional talk therapies generally tend to focus on the mind or our thoughts. The holistic approach that Rebecca takes brings attention to the body as well, allowing for an understanding of the mind-body connection. Through the development of body awareness, Rebecca educates her clients on how their emotions may sometimes be reflected through physical symptoms, often called psychosomatic symptoms.
Rebecca guides clients in reconnecting with their bodies, often using the process of “embodiment,” a multilayered awareness of your body and how you connect to or relate to the world around you. This framework, as well as the creative expressive arts can especially be useful for clients working through issues related to trauma, body image and disordered eating.
A healthy relationship with food and our bodies is important. Rebecca provides guidance on eating intuitively and what body positivity can look like. She works from the Health at Every Size (HAES) perspective and educates clients on the roles society can play in disordered eating and self-esteem. Rebecca provides a safe, welcoming and nonjudgmental environment where clients are free to express themselves.
Marz Lovejoy was born and summer raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, like the late, great Purple Rain legend, Prince; educated in San Diego and the City of the Angels, CA, around an eclectic mix of races, cultures, neighborhoods and opinions, Marz Lovejoy is no stranger to diversity. She is a dynamic, multi-media artist living in New York City. Marz began in-front-of-the camera work as a model at age 5. By 21, Marz was a recording artist, songwriter, and performer, who starred in her own music videos while perusing acting. Throughout her life, she landed major ad campaigns (Hood By Air, Nike, GAP) and was featured at Sundance with the film L.U.V. Before her daughter Nomi was born, she was the first pregnant model for SavageX, Rihanna’s lingerie brand and since giving birth Marz was interview by Vogue Magazine to talk about postpartum and motherhood. With a television and film production degree from New York Film Academy, Marz has a knack for filmmaking, producing, and editing. Marz, with an A average, is determined to continue her scholastic career; currently obtaining a duel individualized B.A. and Master’s in Liberal Arts. Marz is a public speaker focusing on happiness & wellness, inclusion, creativity, and actualizing personal dreams. She was invited to teach a workshop at MogulX’s conference, has worked with homeless shelters, LGBTQ youth, as well as women of color empowerment groups. Marz is an award winning, published author working at Office Magazine as their Culture Editor. She has recently self published a children’s book and is working on a narrated photo book with her husband, Simon Rasmussen.
As Marz thrives, she never forgets from whence she comes as she volunteers and donates time and money to social service organizations, namely those focused on homelessness and marginalized groups. She uses her social media platform to voice important issues and chronicle personal goals such as motherhood, healthy living, and sobriety.
Zach Miko draws eyes when he enters a room, and the rule of thumb did not fail when he became IMG’s first-ever Brawn model boldly ushering in a forward look into the evolution of fashion
Raised in Stratford, Connecticut, Miko’s first love has always been acting. After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Miko moved to New York City to pursue his passion. Since then, he has appeared in guest-starring roles on CBS’ “Limitless” and NBC’s “Shades of Blue” and is currently a member of the highly lauded T. Schreiber Studio. He is also one-half of the acclaimed musical comedy duo, The Dreamstalks.
Now, Miko’s career has turned toward the camera under a different lens. His big break into modeling was as internet-rattling as it was millennially on-brand. IMG’s President, Ivan Bart, discovered the former bartender after stumbling upon his Instagram account. Though Miko had already landed his first gig with Target’s Big and Tall campaign, his down-to-Earth social presence, charming humor and bearded good looks secured him a spot with IMG, casually launching the New England native into fashion history.
A burgeoning modeling career has also provided Miko a platform to promote body positivity for all. Fans can regularly find body-acceptance posts and support for other Curve and Brawn models throughout his Instagram.
In addition to serving as Target’s first and only plus-size male model, Miko helped UNIQLO introduce extended sizes for men to the brand, modeled for Nordstrom and Levi’s as well as various brands catering to Big and Tall customers. He’s appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine and in press for Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, and People among others. If ever there was a consensus throughout the media, it’s that Zach Miko is spearheading the brawn movement.
Hannah Stoudemire is the CEO and Co-founder of Fashion For All Foundation (@fashionforallfoundation). Fashion For All Foundation (FFA) is a non profit organization that promotes diversity and equality in the fashion industry through education and empowerment. As a fashion and social justice activist, Hannah’s mission is to bring forth diversity, inclusion and equality in the fashion industry; advocating for increased representation of people of color in senior creative positions. Implementing diversity and inclusion among these decision makers is her vision for impactful change within the community.
Zarielle Washington, artistically known as Z, is a celebrated make-up artist, recognized most for her ability to recreate beauty. Always intrigued by aesthetics, in 2009, Zarielle began focusing on her passion and formulating a career as a professional make-up artist. She excels creatively in her artistry through her innate ability to communicate, interpret and replicate the desired image sought after by each individual client. Drawing upon a keen sense of style and attention to detail, Z’s artistry enhances the natural beauty or adds a creative flair to each image constructed. Zarielle is a New York based, licensed cosmetologist, available to disperse her multifaceted talents both in hair and makeup. Zarielle has also spoken candidly about the disparities darker skinned women of color face in comparison to their white counterparts within the beauty industry.