26 Jan
2021

The Glee Project’ contestant speaks about true beauty

first_imgThe cast of The Glee Project presented True Beauty at the Carroll Auditorium in Saint Mary’s Madeleva Hall last night. Members of the show discussed their definition of beauty and self esteem as a part of Love Your Body Week. The Glee Project’s contender, Hannah McIalwain, said the True Beauty Program promotes confidence in women’s self-image. “Everyone is going to struggle with some insecurity, but come back to yourself and say, ‘Yes, I am good enough,’” McIalwain said. McIalwain said she struggled with self-image in her younger years but gained confidence before entering high school. She said she became active in school plays and felt happier. When her parents divorced during her junior year, she ate for comfort, McIalwain said. “I felt alone and I continued to gain pounds. This was a low point,” she said. “I had no one else who knew the real me and I portrayed myself as happy and bubbly.” In her senior year, auditions for MTV’s Made arrived at her high school, she said. McIalwain auditioned and landed a spot. The show changed her life, she said. “I went for everything in the show. I turned around and I felt beautiful and confident,” McIalwain said. McIalwain said she attended college at Queens University with a fresh perspective. Though a heartbreak set her back, McIalwain decided to audition for The Glee Project as well. She was chosen to be in the show with eleven other contenders. “This gave me more self-confidence than before, but I still felt like I was not good enough, but each week I kept growing,” McIalwain said. “Eventually, I gained a strong self-confidence out of the show.” The most difficult task in The Glee Project was the week of vulnerability, she said. Contenders wrote their insecurities on a white board and held their sign in front of strangers. “My insecurity was simply, fat. I felt embarrassed before the cameras were on and broke down,” McIalwain said. ” But … It does not define me; it does not matter.” McIalwain said she remained in Los Angeles for two months after the show ended for auditions, but no jobs were offered. She left Hollywood and moved back home with her mother. “I felt like I was being left behind,” McIalwain said. McIalwain said she worked minimum wage jobs until she had enough money to move back to Los Angeles. She is currently looking for more opportunities there, she said. “You have to keep going. All of us are beautiful and perfect,” McIalwain said. Through the True Beauty Project, McIalwain speaks to women about the influence the media, peers and parents have on the definition of beauty. “You have to know your confidence. You have to realize what is beautiful and redefine what beauty is,” McIalwain said.last_img read more

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28 Aug
2020

Zamalek, Ahly draw derby

first_imgHolders Al Ahly need a second half penalty to come from behind for a 1-1 draw with arch rivals Zamalek in the African Champions League on Wednesday as supporters defied a behind closed doors ban to watch the much-anticipated clash.Veteran Mohamed Aboutrika equalised in the 54th minute from the spot after Zamalek had taken a surprise early lead.A goalmouth scramble saw Zamalek have three attempts at goal after Ahly goalkeeper Sherif El Akrami spilled a free kick before Ahmed Gaafar blasted the ball home from close range in the eighth minute.Fans from both clubs defied security officials to add a lively atmosphere to the match, the first of the group phase for both clubs.There was a persistent firing of fire crackers and smoke bombs but in something of a carnival atmosphere.Egyptian press reports said an agreement was reached with fan groups before kick-off to allow spectators in despite a ban imposed by security officials, fearful the potentially volatile encounter could spark fresh violence in Egypt. The tie, the first for both clubs in Group A, had originally been scheduled for Alexandria on Sunday but moved to the remote Red Sea resort of El Gouna, where the stadium has place for only 5 000 spectatorsThe move to El Gouna meant a late afternoon kick off because of a lack of floodlights, drawing criticism as the players are fasting in the Moslem holy month of Ramadan.Egyptian authorities have already cancelled all football since the army’s ousting of president Mohamed Morsi earlier this month but allowed the two clubs, who have a passionate following in the Arab world, to continue participating in the Champions League.last_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

Angels owner Arte Moreno says a Mike Trout extension is still ‘in the front of your mind,’ but no talks yet

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ANAHEIM — As the clock ticks away on Mike Trout’s contract, Arte Moreno would only say that he hears it.“Sometimes you have things in the back of your mind, and sometimes you have things in the front of your mind,” the Angels owner said Monday, at the press conference to introduce new manager Brad Ausmus. “That’s one of those things that’s always in the front of your mind.”It was similar to what Moreno said about Trout’s contract in spring training, back when he had three years left on his contract. Now he’s got two.Although there’s been speculation, and a natural assumption, that the Angels would begin negotiating an extension with Trout this winter, Moreno said nothing has happened so far. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “We have not talked about it,” Moreno said. “We all communicate. He just had, personally, a real rough end of the year. We’re giving him a lot of space. We just want him and his family to go through the grieving process, so we all try to support each other.”Trout’s brother-in-law, former Angels prospect Aaron Cox, died in August.Trout, 27, will make $34 million each of the next two seasons. He has said that he isn’t yet thinking about his future, beyond saying that the most important thing to him is winning. The Angels have made the playoffs just once in his seven full seasons.Moreno sounded optimistic about making improvements this winter.“I’m not going to tell you that we’re going to spend a ton of money, but we’re going to spend money,” he said, adding that “there is, realistically, a budget. It’s not an endless thing, like a fantasy draft.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Although the Angels don’t share their budget publicly, it is believed they have somewhere around $30 million to spend on new players if they want to keep the payroll around where it was in 2018.“We need starting pitching,” he said. “Bullpen help. We blew a lot of games in the last two or three innings. We need more depth in the bullpen.”Offensively, Moreno said the Angels need “a left-handed bat with some power who can play first base, just to fill in.”The Angels have Albert Pujols at first, but he’s coming off knee surgery, so they likely need some coverage if he’s unavailable.Related Articleslast_img read more

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