Fashion and beauty experts sharing personal stories

Her agency represented Phoenix Fashion Week’s first transgender model, she said.

“The modeling agency is hoping to show that positive side of being transgender to the world, as well as being part of the larger LGBTQ+ community,” she said.

Walter will join four other Americans on June 8 in sharing true, first-person stories about fashion and culture as part of the USA TODAY Network’s Storytellers Project show. Watch at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET. Register in advance to receive a reminder at https://www.storytellersproject.com/all-events and watch on the Storytellers Project’s Facebook page, YouTube channel or website.

Also sharing stories are:

  • Carolyn Covington, 60, of Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Irene Michaels, 75, of Chicago.
  • Wendy Farrell of Phoenix.
  • Christian Allaire, 28, of New York City

Covington, who became legally blind in mid-life, after a 40-year career in the beauty and fashion industry, is founder of Insightful Visionaries, a nonprofit that empowers people with disabilities through advocacy, education, wellness, the arts and entertainment.

Fashion and beauty experts sharing personal stories

“The blind community experiences beauty and fashion in their own way,” she said. “Our hands become our eyes. We feel the texture of the fabric and the style of the garments.

“We utilize … an app to identify colors. Through that process is how we create our very own fashion statements.”

While growing up, Allaire says he never felt like he fit in.

“I felt like I wasn’t ‘Indigenous enough’ and would often shy away from my culture. But now, as an adult, I am proud of my heritage,” says Allaire, a fashion writer for Vogue and member of First Nations Ojibwe tribe in Ontario, Canada.

Fashion and beauty experts sharing personal stories

Allaire’s story is about a traditional ribbon shirt that several family members made for him decades after his grandmother made his first. His story explores how every detail in the garment means something to him and represents his heritage — from the image of the crane on the back to the buttons made of abalone shells and the colors of each ribbon.

Irene Michaels is a beauty and luxury lifestyle expert and an international bestselling author of “I On Beauty — Living Beautifully and Luxuriously Beyond 50.”

Fashion and beauty experts sharing personal stories

Some may recognize the former model from a recurring role on the afternoon soap opera “General Hospital” in the 1990s. Today she is better known for “I On The Scene,” a culture and society webzine that publishes content about food, fashion, travel and culture.

A terrible car crash injured her self-esteem along with the face and body she used to make a living. It took her years to regain her confidence, and she will tell the story of how that happened.

“It’s very important to love yourself, forgive yourself, and always maintain a healthy attitude toward yourself and your neighbor,” she said.

Farrell, who has loved fashion since she was a child in Vermont, now serves on the board at the Phoenix Art Museum’s Arizona Costume Institute and works as a costume designer at Wonder Wendy and Friends.

Fashion and beauty experts sharing personal stories

“Being our authentic selves and honoring that of others’ really is the key to community,” said the stylist and award-winning designer.

This virtual storytelling night is part of the Storytellers Project’s 2021 storytelling season, which includes 43 national and regional shows. The series features stories from across the United States told by people coached by USA TODAY Network journalists and professional storytelling experts.

WATCH: Episodes from the Storytellers Project

Learn more about the Storytellers Project and apply to tell a story at https://www.storytellersproject.com/.

Need to know

  • What: “Fashion and Culture”
  • Where: The Storytellers Project’s Facebook Page, YouTube channel and website.
  • When: June 8, 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET
  • More: Watch past virtual shows on YouTube and recorded in-person shows on the Storytellers Project’s website.
  • Upcoming shows

  • June 15: Fatherhood
  • July 13: Stories about Stories
  • Aug. 17: Travel and Overseas Adventures
  • Sept. 14: Outdoor Adventures
  • Oct. 19: Home
  • Nov. 9: Veterans
  • Nov. 16: Food and Family
  • Dec.14: Holidays
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Singer JJ Lin issues legal statement refuting allegations against him over Kris Wu saga

SHANGHAI – Singapore singer JJ Lin has issued a swift rebuttal to nasty talk about him in the wake of the scandal over Canadian-Chinese singer Kris Wu, who was recently ... Read more »

McDonald's launches new Hainanese Chicken burger for National Day

SINGAPORE – McDonald’s Singapore is launching a new locally-inspired burger just in time for National Day on Monday (Aug 9). Inspired by the classic local dish, Hainanese chicken rice, the ... Read more »

Actor Joel Choo posts photo of himself with grey hair in support of #GoSilverSG campaign

Joel Choo posted a photo of himself sporting grey hair in support of #GoSilverSG. SINGAPORE – Local actor Joel Choo may be only 27, but has peeked into the future ... Read more »

Cantopop singer Anthony Wong charged with corruption for singing at 2018 opposition rally

HONG KONG – Popular Cantopop singer Anthony Wong has been charged with corruption for singing two songs at a 2018 rally held by the opposition. Anti-graft watchdog Independent Commission Against ... Read more »

Jacob Desvarieux, pioneer of Caribbean zouk music, dies at 65

Jacob Desvarieux has died of Covid-19. PARIS (AFP) – Jacob Desvarieux, the Guadeloupean co-founder of Caribbean band Kassav’ which shot to global fame in the 1980s by creating the fast-beat ... Read more »

US music fest Lollapalooza drops DaBaby over Aids comments

DaBaby sparked widespread backlash during his performance at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami on July 25, 2021, when he was accused of spreading misinformation about HIV and Aids. WASHINGTON: ... Read more »

Celebrate the King's birthday through online art exhibition

Some of the paintings to mark the King’s birthday. photos courtesy of Office of Traditional Arts The Office of Traditional Arts at the Fine Arts Department is holding an online ... Read more »

Predators on the loose With online sexual abuse rising amid a pandemic, parents and society have a role to play in improving internet literacy in young children who are most at-risk

Going online to connect with over 1,000 Facebook friends through posts of daily activities was the lifeline Nan* craved after each school lesson. In the hopes of raking in likes ... Read more »

Somtow's Symphony Of Terror to premiere at German Sundance

A scene from The Maestro: A Symphony Of Terror. photo courtesy of Somtow Sucharitkul The Maestro: A Symphony Of Terror, a new Thai film, is scheduled to make its gala ... Read more »

Finding joy in helping others

Two years ago, Banjerd Nualiem opened his first khao kaeng (curry and rice) shop in Nakhon Pathom's Kamphaeng Saen district to offer self-service meals. The price was very minimal, almost ... Read more »

Waste not, want not Environmental groups are urging the Thai government to stop importing other countries' toxic garbage

Thailand has enough of its own e-waste to handle that it doesn’t need to import waste from other countries, environmental groups say. Photo: Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand To generate ... Read more »

Stay-home guide for Monday: Listen to stars read poems, make your own book nooks and more

1. Listen: The Love Book App The celebrity readings are the hook, but the app offers other textual inspirations. PHOTO: THE LOVE BOOK APP Sometimes, all one needs is Tom Hiddleston ... Read more »

Tar Pau Nation: Easy, healthy meals with herbal chicken from Pokpok Keh

The Original Pink Salt Chicken Bento. Herbal chicken is one dish that can be chilled or frozen with little loss in quality when reheated. So I knew I wouldn’t go ... Read more »

Shelf Care: Sorcerer To The Crown is a Regency romp with pontianaks

Regency romance gets a post-colonial spin in this delightful historical fantasy of dragons and pontianaks. Sorcerer to the Crown By Zen Cho Fantasy/Pan Macmillan/2015/Paperback/384 pages/$18.95/Available here Regency romance gets a ... Read more »

After a chaotic pandemic school year, help kids get back on track this fall

The 2020-2021 school year was unlike any other. Millions of students spent part — or most — of the year learning remotely. After months physically away from teachers, classmates and ... Read more »

Netflix releases first look at The Crown's new queen played by Imelda Staunton

Netflix has given a first look at actress Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown. LONDON – The fifth season of hit Netflix series The Crown started filming ... Read more »

Songwriter Roy Loi closed music school due to pandemic, now focused on his Thai eatery

SINGAPORE – Singer-songwriter Roy Loi had to close his music school Imagine Music last June due to the pandemic. Better known as Li Feihui, the 56-year-old self-professed semi-retired musician had ... Read more »

Actor Nicholas Tse says HK entertainment scene has the same old faces, including his

Actor Nicholas Tse has criticised the Hong Kong entertainment world, saying it has the same old faces and does not nurture fresh talent. HONG KONG – Actor Nicholas Tse is ... Read more »

Chinese pop star Kris Wu detained on suspicion of rape

Kris Wu originally shot to fame as a member of the K-pop boyband EXO, before leaving in 2014 to launch a successful solo career BEIJING: Chinese-Canadian pop megastar Kris Wu ... Read more »

Aardvarks and rabbits: Acclaimed American kids' show Arthur says goodbye

The show is based on the series of Arthur Adventure children’s books by Marc Brown. NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – These wonderful kind of days in a neighbourhood where aardvarks, rabbits ... Read more »

Headman steals wife, shooter on run, uncle pays for sin

Village head Samreng with his health volunteer lover, Hong. Local leader lets down the team A village headman in Buri Ram is facing calls to resign after he took off ... Read more »

Dennis Chew reveals Aunty Lucy was killed off as some could not accept the drag role

Aunty Lucy, a middle-aged woman with curly hair who loves free gifts, was known for saying “so embarrassing”. SINGAPORE – Actor-DJ Dennis Chew has opened up on why his popular ... Read more »

Teachers are feeling burned out. Artificial intelligence can help.

Educators are at the ends of their ropes. So suggests a fall 2020 survey by RAND Corp., which found that a quarter of all teachers were thinking about leaving education. ... Read more »

Vaxxers privilege: Best perks and discounts for the vaccinated

Growing array of freebies and discounts extended to those jabbed. SINGAPORE – Joining the vaccination club has many privileges. Moves to encourage people to get the Covid-19 vaccine have expanded ... Read more »

Celebrities who had secret Covid-19 babies

Actress Emmy Rossum kept her pregnancy under wraps until she gave birth in May. SINGAPORE – There appears to be a baby boom among celebrities during the pandemic. And with ... Read more »

Restaurant chefs turn to running hawker stalls in S'pore amid Covid-19 pandemic

Mr Kek Wan Fong (right) and Mr Gui Jin Keng at their stall, Qing Feng Yuan, in the Tiong Bahru Market food centre. SINGAPORE – It is not uncommon for ... Read more »

Book review: Ambitious heroines take flight in a magnificent Great Circle

Great Circle, American author Maggie Shipstead’s third novel, was longlisted for the Booker Prize earlier this week. Great Circle By Maggie Shipstead Fiction/Doubleday/Paperback/591 pages/$29.96/Available here 4 out of 5 “I ... Read more »

Heartbreak season: More couples are calling it quits amid challenges wrought by the pandemic

Travel restrictions due to closed borders brought about by Covid-19 also led to the demise of some long-distance relationships. SINGAPORE – The course of true love never did run smooth. ... Read more »

Surplus Smart

With each passing season, consumers are pushed into buying the latest items to stay trendy. Clothing has complex supply chains that make it difficult to account for all of the ... Read more »

Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk recovering from 'small heart attack'

Odenkirk (above) is said to be “doing great” after collapsing on set. LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Screen actor Bob Odenkirk, best known as the sardonic, morally conflicted criminal defence lawyer ... Read more »

Hollywood agency slams Disney in heated dispute over Johansson's Black Widow

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – One of Hollywood’s biggest talent agencies on Friday (July 30) hit out at the Disney movie studio in an escalating public dispute over claims by Scarlett ... Read more »

Baby names that are disappearing the fastest, from Karen to Larry

How unpopular is your name? Using data from the Social Security Administration to compare the popularity of boy and girl names between 2016 and 2020, 24/7 Tempo has compiled a ... Read more »

Torque shop: Daytime-running lights

Many cars come with daytime-running lights that stay on as long as the vehicle is running. I keep seeing more and more cars being driven at night with no tail-light ... Read more »

'Mambo queen' Ge Lan turns 88, celebrates with Lin Ching-hsia

(Clockwise from left) Yao Wei, Lin Ching-hsia, Grace Chang and Chen Chen. Former screen idols gathered to celebrate Grace Chang’s 88th birthday. HONG KONG – It was a rare gathering ... Read more »

Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over Black Widow streaming release

Actress Scarlett Johansson in her role as Black Widow. LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Scarlett Johansson, star of the Marvel superhero movie Black Widow, sued the Walt Disney company on Thursday ... Read more »

Jodie Whittaker to leave sci-fi series Dr Who in 2022

Jodie Whittaker (above) is the first woman to play the shape-shifting alien Doctor since the series started in the 1960s. LONDON (REUTERS) – Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to take ... Read more »

The Chic Home: Sleek flat shines with old-school cool

The owners spent $120,000 on the renovation of the 1,400 sq ft apartment, which took 21/2 months. SINGAPORE – Looking at the photos of this four-room condominium apartment near Bukit ... Read more »

Peek into the colourful homes of four creatives

Every corner of Johann M. Fauzi’s 1,300 sq ft five-room Housing Board flat in Bedok exudes old-world charm. SINGAPORE – They are professionals in the creative industries and known for ... Read more »

Root Awakening: Mother of Thousands, Giant Milkweed, Black Face General

Mother of Thousands (left), and Phyllanthus urinaria or Phyllanthus amarus. Mother of Thousands can behave like a weed I found a small green plant in the planter of my apartment ... Read more »