26 Jan

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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13 Aug

Reynolds please with response to launch of testiowa.com

first_imgJOHNSTON — Governor Reynolds says the response to the launch of the testiowa.com website on Tuesday has been tremendous.   “In the first 24 hours alone, more than 80,000 Iowans completed the online assessment and more than 250 scheduled an appointment. We had 631 social media mentions of the hashtag #testiowachallenge with a reach of over 18.8 million.” Reynolds wants all Iowans to go to the website and take the assessment.   “It’s really the first step to understanding more about the virus activity in Iowa, again what can we do to mitigate and start to manage it so we can open businesses back up, get life back to normal, but do it in a very safe and responsible manner.” Reynolds wants Iowans who work in essential service-type jobs to fill out the assessment.  “If you work in healthcare, law enforcement, manufacturing or other essential services, please complete the assessment. It is critical for all Iowans that you stay healthy and well, and this again will help us understand the scope and spread of the virus and help to see if our workforce has symptoms, we can get them the test and get them back online. We would encourage our first responders, healthcare workers and essential workers to take the test.” Reynolds says there’s 107 new positive cases that have been reported for a total of 3748 cases. There were seven more deaths reported for a total of 90. 1428 total confirmed cases have recovered.last_img read more

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29 Dec


first_imgA well-known garage forecourt is back in business after a fuel mishap.The Lagg Service Station in Milford took a fuel delivery yesterday.But 25,000 litres of diesel and petrol was put into the WRONG tanks. When two lorries arrived last night to remove the fuel, local people feared the garage – which is in administration after going bust – was going to close for good.However new loads of fuel were delivered today to the garage. SERVICE STATION RE-OPENS AFTER FUEL MISHAP was last modified: June 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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