In honor of our new facial collection, Camille’s Corner is celebrating the sharing the stories of some amazing women, who are baring their truth, beauty and more!
Next up is on our ‘Bare Your Beautiful’ campaign, Dee Porter affectionately known by her tribe as Lil D. She is a radio personality and Founder of nonprofit organization You Go Girl –Grinding In Real Life. Her organization works with to empower young girls to believe in themselves and their dreams.
Camille’s Corner: Where did you get the idea for name of your non-profit, “Grinding In Real Life (G.I.R.L.)?”
Dee Porter: For me, "Grinding In Real Life" means working hard towards your goals and dreams. Too often, we see people doing things for social media validation or for the "look," but not because they actually have a desire towards service. I originally called the organization "You Go G.I.R.L.," and wanted GIRL to be an acronym. "Grinding In Real Life" was pretty perfect to me.
Camille’s Corner: Your non-profit organization is an empowering experience for many young women. Where did you get the idea and what’s the journey to manifesting it been like for you?
Dee Porter: I got the idea for You Go G.I.R.L., when I was in Cleveland trying to make a name for myself in radio. Everyone seemed to have their niche, whether it was hosting clubs or selling mix-tapes. I wanted to have a "thing" too. I care about helping girls. I believe my purpose on earth is to help young girls realize their worth.
The first event I did was the You Go G.I.R.L. Women's Networking event. To promote it, I interviewed women who were "Grinding In Real Life" and released the videos (that I also edited) every Wednesday for two months. At my networking event, the women I interviewed were my guests of honor and received gift bags. The success of it drove the creation of "12 Days of Christmas."
This mini - series follows 12 girls who shadow women in their desired career. The winners are invited to a "Present and Pamper Party," where they get their hair and nails done, enjoy a meal, music and gifts.
Camille’s Corner: Your whole brand is about empowering other women and young girls, is there a time where you had to overcome insecurities yourself? If so, how did you do it?
Dee Porter: I've had low self-esteem most of my life. The first time I was able to look in the mirror with no makeup and simply say "Wow, you're really pretty," was seven years ago. Where I grew up, if you weren't light skinned with long hair, you weren't considered pretty. I actually lost my virginity to a boy who said, "You're not ugly." It was the first time I'd heard it. Being in radio, it's extremely superficial and a lot of stations won't hire you if you don't look the way they think you should. Imagine trying to build your self-esteem and finally accepting your natural hair, just to be told that you would be prettier if you straightened it. You're finally beginning to like the way you look without makeup, just to be told you would book more gigs or get a better radio job if you wore makeup.
When I was 12, I was tired of being unhappy with how I looked, so I made myself get in the mirror and say nice things about myself. It started with "You did good on your math test," and that turned into "You look kind of cute." Over the years, I tried to hold on to that, and with radio, I had to go get back in that mirror. "You are beautiful. You have a beautiful smile. You help people. You're amazing." I really had to feed positive thoughts into myself, so I began meditating. Every morning, I begin my day with a 5-minute meditation and say in my head "Today is going to be a good day. No negative thoughts formed against me shall prosper."
Camille’s Corner: You’re dedicated to a fit lifestyle, how do you stay on task while juggling so much?
Dee Porter: I wake up at 5:15 am to go to the gym for 6:15, and then I'm on air from 10 am-3 pm. Am I tired sometimes? Yes. But for me, it's either wake up early and get it in, or pay for it later with sickness and disease. I look at everything like a choice. I can choose to get up and reach my fitness goals, or I can choose to eat Funyuns and have love handles.
Camille’s Corner: How do you define beauty?
Dee Porter: Beauty is having enough self-esteem to be yourself. No matter what you look like physically, having the mental strength to be that person to the fullest extent is the most beautiful thing you can be.
Does Dee Porter’s story resonate with you? What insecurities have you overcome, or are currently working through. ‘Bare Your Beautiful’ and share your stories with us on Instagram @CamilleRoseNaturals