Meet Emily Vareé Dean!!!

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Today I am proud to introduce you to someone who happens to be somewhat related to me. Please let me introduce you to my second cousin's husband's sister... Mrs. Emily Vareé Dean!!! This talented 19-year-old not only acts, sings, and models but also just happened to start her own company called Verity Vareé. I never would have found out about Emily if it wasn't for my second cousin Hilary posting some of her modeling pics on Facebook. I came across them and was just stunned by Em's curly hair, Cara Delevingne-like eyebrow's, and soulful voice from her band (Emy & Ethan) that I knew I had to become in contact with her and hear more about her story and adventures. Although I haven't actually gotten to meet her yet since she lives in Berryville, VA (I could of if I had know about her at the time of my second cousin's wedding) I hope to meet this beautiful chic someday. Her energy and perseverance that she puts into everything she does really inspires me to keep going on my worst days. To learn more about Emily, please check her out on Facebook, Instagram, Emy & Ethan's website, or Verity Vareé's website

Facts About Emily
People Who Inspire You: My husband, my buddy, Kara, my family.
Favorite Model: I don't actually follow models, or have a favorite!
Favorite Musicians: Esperanza Spalding, Gladys Knight, John Mark McMillan, Adele.
Favorite Movies: You've Got Mail, Julie & Julia, Leap Year, Hook, Finding Neverland.
Favorite Actors: Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain.
Favorite Books: Love Walked In, cookbooks, Fancy Nancy series, The Penderwicks.

Favorite Color: Purple. 
Favorite Holiday: Christmas.
Mac or PC: Mac.
Twitter or Facebook: Ehh...Instagram!
Blackberry or iPhone: iPhone.
Chocolate or Vanilla: Can I have both?
Winter or Summer: I can't choose!
Pancakes or Waffles: Waffles.
Math or Science: Science.
Past, Present, or Future: Present.

How did you get your start in the entertainment industry? What came first: the modeling, acting, or singing? 
I was acting and singing in a professional realm before modeling, but I started when I was probably about 10 through a home school co-op, then just kept acting locally until I realized it was something I wanted to do professionally. My dad sang at home all the time, often the same songs over and over, but he had such a rich, soulful voice that I wanted to sing, too. That's where that started. I began professionally modeling, acting, and singing through a talent search conference called SHINE, through AMTC and received a lot of callbacks and many leads that began my journey acting, singing, and modeling professionally with my mom as my manager!

You recently announced on social media that you are pregnant. First of all, congrats!!! How do you think your career will change after you have your baby? Will you still be modeling, acting, and singing in between changing diapers? Or will you just be a stay at home mom? Thank you! I have planned to keep acting, modeling, and singing professionally. I think definitely acting and modeling will go on hold for a while before I am full-time, but I can keep singing and booking shows with my husband since our band is just us, Emy & Ethan. A lot of my time will probably be spent pursuing my new company, Verity Vareé, where I'll be helping other women tell their stories and be the model for a day! God has conveniently given me a new passion and desire for my company which I can keep up with a baby strapped to me and run out of my own home.

If you weren’t in the entertainment industry, what do you think you would be doing for a living and why? 
I'd probably be a writer and a baker, running a freelance baked goods business and writing every chance I had. I love to write. I love to bake. I love to think. I love people. I love moving and doing things with my hands. 

What does a normal day in your life look like now? Hmm...a normal day is get up, make breakfast for my husband, hug him every chance I get before he leaves for work. Then I'll make myself coffee and get an apple or bowl of granola, sit down to read my bible and something inspiring me at the moment (a magazine, an article, a letter from a friend), then journal and write my to-do list for the day. Then I'll probably got to a local coffee shop to work on Verity Vareé and plan/start styling for our upcoming photo shoot. Somewhere in the day I usually have a meeting or an interview either at my house, by phone, or via Skype. Then in the evening I spend as much time as possible with my husband, go for a walk, watch a movie, go up in the recording studio together, keep working side by side, make dinner together, etc. That's a fairly normal day, but it's really truly different every time depending on what is scheduled!!!

Of all the modeling (and acting) shows and shoots you’ve done, have you ever gotten to keep any of the items from the events? If so, what? If not, what is something that you would love to steal from one of those events? Yes! Actually, I recently did a commercial where I had to hurtle over a horse jump and ripped my pants! So, the crew bought me new skinny jeans that I got to keep. I also got to keep a really cute fisherman's sweater from H&M from that commercial shoot. (: Honestly, I'd never want to keep anything from the professional shoots or runways because it's all so expensive I probably wouldn't wear it, or would feel guilty and nervous if I did! There was one time a long time ago when I first started modeling that I got to wear a little Grecian dress that I would have loved to just walk away with. 

You recently created the company called Verity Vareé, which is about revealing the truth about beauty through your story. Please tell us more about that. Why did you decide to create it? Was it inspired by own events in your personal life, since I’m sure just like any girl, has felt “ugly” at some point in their life? How did you come up with the name for your company? Verity Vareé is the culmination of everything I have ever dreamed of. It is a tool to show women their value and worth, an opportunity to speak truth into a world wrought with misconceptions and false standards. It was very much inspired by personal events. When I began modeling professionally I was bombarded with standards and regulations that I could never live up to. Even at the thinnest I'd ever been I was still "too big" for the top agencies I'd interviewed with. I don't blame the agencies solely for that, but I can see a clear line between my insecurities and the things I was told by the acting and modeling world. In that environment I was forced to decide whether to live in misery, with some days feeling pretty enough and most days feeling far below the standard of beauty, or to reach for something higher, something true, something I knew was there, but wasn't quite sure how to identify. Beauty. Real beauty. What is it? I began to search the bible for the true words God speaks on beauty and the results were almost too good to be true. Modeling went from a scary, intimidating career path, to a personal mission. I started looking at modeling as an opportunity to spread the truth about beauty and have used it as a platform for truth ever since. Verity means "truth" and Vareé (my middle name) means "to strike." Verity Vareé aims to "strike the truth" about beauty in a cunning, beautiful, inspiring way. 

We are taking everyday women and giving them two photo shoots and an interview, with the purpose of telling their story in a beautiful, unique way. The first photo shoot is a no-makeup, no styling series of photos showing that woman in her natural, unaltered form. The second photo shoot or "dream shoot" is that woman's ideal photo shoot, showing off her unique style and personality. Each woman will work with a team of stylists, makeup artists, and a photographer to properly express their vision through the photo shoot.

Our goal is to empower women to live in the truth that their internal and external (physical) beauty is a gift.

Through "revealing" their story and personality in the interview with our founder/director (Emily Dean), then going through the photo shoot process with a team of creative artists we hope to encourage women to identify their beauty as something to be cherished, enjoyed, and taken care of. We also encourage women to live their life story with vibrancy and authenticity. 
These "reveals" (stories) of each woman will be posted publicly on our website, intermitted with articles addressing beauty and relevant topics to our day.

Out of all the crazy things you’ve gotten to do in your career, is there anything in particular that stands out? If so, what? If not, what is something you would like to accomplish in the next year or so? One of the coolest things I've ever done was walk into a store with several other models and our agent, while he just grabbed clothes off the racks and gave them to us then told us, "just go up to the cash register, they'll know what to do." We walked up and handed them our clothes and they just put them in bags and handed them to us. Sometimes companies will work out a deal with an agency and just give the clothes back after a runway show or only keep some of them, etc. It was just a really cool, weird experience! Another time I got to meet a world famous photographer in a private meeting. That was pretty incredible. I still to this day am not sure why he wanted to talk to me, but my mom and I both went and received some pretty incredible and amazingly encouraging advice. That was amazing... 

If you could only choose to do one thing (acting, singing, or modeling) to do for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? I think I would choose acting because you can keep modeling in the acting world and you can keep singing in the acting world. We used to have singers, actors, and models, who in those days, couldn't be a one-trick pony, so they had to do it all themselves. So, I'd choose acting because you can keep doing all of it!

What do you like to do in your free time, outside of all of your work? Bake, spend time with my family, and write letters to people. 

What are 5 things that you could tell us that most people don’t know about you?
1. I am the only girl out of 5 brothers.
2. I never wanted to be a model, it was an opportunity God gave me and I try hard to use to His glory.
3. I make really, really ugly faces. Like, UGLY, you-won't-sleep-tonight faces. My brother and I used to stare in the mirror for hrs. to practice...I guess it was worth it! I can literally look like the Grinch.
4. I was a dancer for the first part of my life and wanted to join the Russian ballet.
5. I want to have as many kids as scientifically possible.
6. I am pretty bad at math.

Anything else you would like to share with my lovely followers?
I love Swedish fish, watermelon, coffee, and glitter!!! I aspire to be a fat, jolly, sweet-cheeked grandma to many grandchildren! 

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