“I am obsessed with empowering women and making them look and feel beautiful from the inside out!”
LaShawnna Stanley, a beautiful woman of color, a teenage mom at the age of 15 and now a grandmother of four, has been a fighter her entire life and has made it her quest to empower women of color to love themselves.
Being a teenage mom LaShawnna refused to become a stereotype. As a no-nonsense self-taught entrepreneur she has been at the vanguard of redefining beauty through the agency she created, Ethnicity Models. LaShawnna teaches women to APPRECIATE their skin tones, unique features and varied silhouettes but NOT be exploited by them.
Ms. Stanley is a hero to women’s empowerment! She has appeared on national networks such as BET’s Hip-Hop vs. America, UPN news, and Vh1′s Hip-Hop Videos: Sexpolitation On The Set defending the rights of women in the music industry. LaShawnna has also been featured in major publications such as Black Enterprise, VIBE Magazine, The Source, Hip-Hop Weekly, KING, & XXL. Her company is the “go to” agency for hiring a diverse group of beautiful ethnic women, she’s hosted charitable events for Magic Johnson, Donald Trump, and Alonzo Mourning. As a favorite amongst A-List clientele; Diddy, Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Usher, and Kanye West only scratch the surface of her company’s infamous resume.
Through it all LaShawnna is resolute in her determination to help women of color realize their true potential. This can be seen as she visits schools and youth centers with her models to teach young girls, college students, teenage moms and women in general about self-esteem, believing in themselves, and following their dreams.
LaShawnna Stanley is a motivational/inspirational/informational speaker on a number of Hip Hop and women empowerment topics such as “Hip Hop & The Sexplotation of women” dissipate stereotypes and learn the truth about the women in hip hop music videos from an inside perspective. “Empowering Teen moms to beat the odds” Dream big and don’t limit yourself. “Empowering Women to become Entrepreneurs ” Create your own destiny. Become your own boss. Ms. Stanley is also available to facilitate modeling workshops and seminars.
I’m sure there has come a time in your life where you were unsure about who you were, what you wanted. Possibly even a little self conscious about the color of your skin, the texture of your hair and maybe you’ve even taken it as far as to compare yourself to the girl next door you thought was perfect. Well, she had issues too that you didn’t see and we’re here to talk about it.
Join us for our first ever Twitter Chat. Saturday September 7th @ 12 NOON est / 9AM pst. I will be your host @_noboizallowed , and will be conducting a Q & A with LaShawnna Stanley, CEO of Ethnicity Models. Read more about her story HERE. Our chat will be moderated by Mahogani B. Be sure to follow us all and let us know so we can follow you back. Our hashtag during the chat will be #iAmBeautiful so make sure you follow along and participate by tagging that phrase during our session. We are going to get to the bottom line of beauty and push past those barriers that were once holding us back. Tell a friend to join us as well. I promise, you don’t want to miss this.
7th Month, 3rd Day! Welcoming July. It feels like we’re in some type of fast forward phase in life. These days, weeks, months and year are going by so fast, I can’t keep up fast enough. It’s time to re-evaluate 2013. Time to figure out what you need to do more of / less of, did you accomplish any goals, what do you want to accomplish before the year ends, etc. I myself have been focusing a little more on health and wealth and not so much on business and pleasure and for that alone I feel like I’m becoming a better person mentally however, I forget how much I love networking, planning and producing for the strength of No Boiz Allowed. My time is coming but in the meantime I’ve come up with a few questions for you to ask yourselves during the month of July.
AM I ON THE RIGHT TRACK TO ACCOMPLISHING MY GOALS?
AM I SPENDING TIME WITH PEOPLE THAT INSPIRE ME AND/OR MAKE ME HAPPY?
ARE THERE ANY GOALS ON MY LIST THAT I GAVE UP ON MID-WAY THROUGH?
WHAT CAN I ACCOMPLISH IF I BEGAN TODAY?
WHAT DISTRACTIONS CAN I ELIMINATE COMPLETELY THAT BENEFIT ME IN NO WAY?
AM I PUTTING AS MUCH MONEY INTO MY SAVINGS AS I AM SPENDING ON MATERIAL THINGS?
HAVE I LEARNED ANYTHING NEW?
WHAT NEW THINGS WOULD I LIKE TO LEARN?
WHAT / WHO MAKES ME LAUGH, SMILE AND ADDS TO MY HAPPINESS?
DOES WHAT I’M DOING NOW MAKE SENSE FOR THE THINGS I WANT TO ACCOMPLISH?
DOES WHAT I’M SPENDING MY TIME ON MAKE ME HAPPY OR MAKE ME ANY MONEY?
Honest emotions make us human. I don’t believe in good or bad days as much as I believe in moments. When we write off an entire day and mark it as “bad” we’re not allowing ourselves to celebrate every moment for what it truly is. Yes something may happen today that will rub you the wrong way and it’s so easy to get lost in our problems that sometimes feel like the end of the world. But being happy is a choice and when you remind yourself of reasons to remain positive, you will indeed celebrate more happy moments which will result in better days. For me, I fall short of being happy 24/7. But as amazing as time is, I get a dose of perspective when I watch in action or hear of someone else’s problems that make my own seem like it’s no problem at all.
If for whatever reason you woke up on the wrong side of the bed today or have yet to fall asleep due to a great amount of stress, I am going to give you…
15 REASONS TO SMILE!
15. Because there is nobody else like you. To understand that you are made in your own light, with your own imperfections, your own talents, your own beauty.. It’s a confidence booster.
14.Because your lips look amazing in that red lipstick.
13.Because someone you know (or maybe yourself) just accomplished something. Whether they graduated from School (Pre-K/High School/College), got married or had a baby. These are all milestones in someone you loves life. You have every reason to live in this moment.
12. Because smiling tricks the body into thinking it’s happy. I know it’s awkward to smile with a face full of tears but try it. Your tears will eventually dry up but your mood won’t.
11.Because we are just 9 days away from the official first day of summer. But the weather already feels good enough to enjoy.
10.Because just when you thought your world was upside down, you overcame that obstacle and lived to tell about it.
09.Because you didn’t brush, floss, whiten or get braces for free. You paid for it. Own it.
08.Because it’s a new day and a chance to start over. A chance to make your today better than your yesterday. You have the control to make your day whatever you want it to be.
07.Because those killer shoes, that perfect dress and those pretty earrings you just bought are going to look great on you this weekend.
06.Because you’ve come too far to give up now. Not everybody knows or will understand your story but it’s yours. Own it.
05.Because it’s contagious. I don’t think you realized that your smile just brightened up someone’s day. When you spread your lips apart, that little girl who was staring at you became comfortable and smiled back. The guy behind you instantly became attracted to you.
04.Because it’s healthy. Smiling lowers your blood pressure, boosts your immune system, relieves stress, releases endorphins, lifts the face and makes you look younger. Sheesh, if that’s not enough then I don’t know what to tell you.
03.Because someone loves you. No seriously, they do.
02.Because you’re going to get over the fear that has been holding you back and claim peace, happiness and prosperity starting now.
01.Because you are enough. You’re beautiful inside and out so believe it, receive it and pass it on.
For awhile I found myself feeling empty lost after spending excessive amount of time on Social Media. The internet is cool and Social Media is fun but I’ve found it to be entertainment when done in moderation. Focusing on the wrong things made it hard for me to be happy because although I felt like people were putting up a fake image, I just couldn’t help feeling depleted. It’s so easy to lose track of time and lose focus on what’s important when the world is all pointing the finger and telling you what’s hot, what’s not and why you’re not cool enough. Everything and everyone’s lives just seemed “perfect” and I couldn’t quite figure it out. Then I realized, it’s not you, it’s me.
I had to get over the hype of feeling like I “needed” to keep up and feel as though I wasn’t doing enough. In reality, I was burned out from doing too much. But compared to those I was focused on, it seemed as though I wasn’t doing anything. It didn’t hit me until I was applying for a position in the writing world that I saw all of my accomplishments on paper. I saw that my countless amount of hard work, time, dedication and lack of sleep meant something which amounted to the results I lived daily. In that moment I realized that the most important things to me weren’t on Instagram and many don’t see that part of my life. I realized I was good enough for exactly who I am and what I aim to become one day, so I decided to take a break from focusing on others and I began directing the attention back to me.
I decided to record this video for you and although there was only so much I could say in the allowed time, I knew if this was something I dealt with, someone had to have gone through it as well. Thankfully, I no longer spend time worrying about the who’s who unless she’s making a difference in someone else’s life. Then I would want to discuss how her role can join forces with us at No Boiz Allowed. But to those that are constantly fighting to keep up, sometimes it’s best just to keep still. A friend once said, get lost and find yourself. Well I did and I feel amazing with what I’ve found. How are you feeling?