Meet Christine!!!

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When I stumbled across the popular blog Beyoutiful Hope through a giveaway, I never thought that I would become friends with the owner Christine!!! I watched a few of her YouTube videos, tweeted her, & left a few comments on her blog. Suddenly I learned that like myself, she is a huge fan of fashion, has a passion for trying to stop human trafficking, & loves doing DIY projects. In case you don't know, Beyoutiful Hope is a blog that focuses a lot on fashion, faith, and inspiration. It is definitely one of my top 5 blogs to read when I'm feeling down!!! If you want to learn more about her & her blog please click here. She has a giveaway on her blog right now, so make sure to check it out!!!


Facts About Christine
Age: 20
Where You Live: Western New York
Favorite Store: Free People (although their corporate social responsibility sucks)
Favorite Fashion Trend: Trends...hmmm. I don't like them.
Favorite Makeup Item: Lipgloss!
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:13
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
Favorite Food: SUSHI
Favorite Color: No favorite color! I love all happy colors! (no brown)
Favorite Holiday: Any day with my Lord and family!
Heels or Flats: Wedges :p

Mac or PC: PC
Blackberry or iPhone: Blackberry
Twitter or Facebook: Twitter
Chocolate or Vanilla: Vanilla
Winter or Summer: Summer
Pancakes or Waffles: Belgium Waffles
Math or Science: Science
Past, Present, or Future: Present


Q&A
How long have you been modeling? What was it like to win the Maurices Mainstreet Model competition in 2011? My interest in being photographed began when I saw blogging as a fashion outlet. The MMM contest sparked my interest in the fashion industry as a career possibility. I first entered the contest to win the $7,500 for a mission that I volunteer at(which I won). When modeling for Maurices, I realized my happy place is behind the camera lens, more than in front of it. Modeling is fun, but for me, it is easy to become extremely self-critical, or self obsessed and thus, I try to avoid thinking of my blog as modeling. haha.

Since you love fashion, how would you describe your personal style of clothing? 
I wouldn't say that I love fashion because I could honestly live without it! I think of fashion as an expression more than a love. My personal style is a mix between boho-glam and the classics! :D

Are there things you won’t do in modeling since you are a Christian? Well, "hoochie" is what I avoid. When looking through photos, I try not to post anything that could be taken sexually... and I try to dress in a way that is modern, but tasteful. I try to ask myself what honors God's temple which is my body... although I think I could ask myself that more often than I do.


What do you love more: modeling, taking pictures of other people, doing crafts, or trying to end human trafficking? Personally, taking pictures of people is most fulfilling. Advocating against human trafficking is more of a duty I feel I have as a sister to all of humanity.


Speaking of human trafficking, you also started a blog called Bloggers Against Social Injustice. Can you tell me a little more about that and why you started that? I initially started it with the help of Stephanie from High Fashion-Higher Purpose. We saw the need for a platform for fashion bloggers to do something that mattered, and so we wasted no time! Hundreds of hours later with a committee and members from all around the world we have what is now known across the world as "Bloggers Against Social Injustice" or BASI for short. We not only advocate online, but within our local communities! CLICK HERE to join!

What are some of your favorite places to go in New York when you have free time? I love going to church, the ballet studio, swing dancing, and to the local park.

I love the name and meaning behind Beyoutiful Hope! In todays society so many people get bullied and feel like they are not pretty enough to fit in. Is that one of the reasons you started Beyoutiful Hope? Were you ever bullied growing up? Definitely! Feeling inferior to the stereotype of beauty that Americans have developed is one of the reasons behind this name. My blog is about trying to find who I am and what make me BeYouTiful. I also hope that my blog can be inspiration to all my readers, so they can see all the potential God has given to each of them! I was bullied in middle school. I ended up going to 3 high schools and as the new kid, I wasn't bullied, I actually formed my own little group of cultural, kid-at-heart friends. I actually became such a strong leader because of this! 



What does a current day in your life look like? This may be better in list format: Do morning push ups, drive brothers to school, go to classes, visit advisers(because I like them more than most students), check BASI emails, more classes, come home, blog marketing/BASI emails, work on scholarships, clean/cook, homework, exercise/go to work some days, TV, work on the human trafficking awareness event I am organizing. I need to make more time for God and studying!

What are some of your favorite DIY projects that you’ve made? I made a headband holder out of wood I found in the garage, which I wrapped in a knit, then in ribbon! It's been with me so long, I forgot how excited I was to first make it! HAHA- but I was that girl in middle school who swarovski crystaled the majority of her clothes! I shall blame it on being a dancer my whole life!

Last but not least, your blog reminds me of one of my favorite websites called Project Inspired (www.projectinspired.com) that was started by a former fashion model named Nicole Weider. Have you ever heard of it? If not you should totally look it up. It has great fashion and beauty advice, all from a Christian perspective. I just checked it out-her site is so exciting! I just watched the video for the store and when she said "modest is hottest" it cracked me up. It is definitely not hottest according to THIS world, but it is how to live in love according to the world that really matters(according to the Lord our God).

*All images belong to Christine T, Beyoutiful Hope & Google Images.

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2 comments

  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful post! :)

    Sister in Christ,
    Christine

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