Thursday, August 18, 2016

Meet Physiogel's new #EverydayStrong Women: Sara Black, Vania Romoff and Pat Henson

This post is brought to you by Physiogel.

This time last year, my skin was exploding in pimples. I didn't want to go out of the house. I didn't want to meet clients. I didn't want to attend events. I'm so glad Physiogel and Flawless came to my rescue. It took a few months but my skin did clear up. I now feel confident again to come out of hiding and meet people!

It seems such a shallow thing, but when you don't have the confidence to face the day, that can really hold you back from going out and making your dreams come true. Physiogel understands that we need to feel confident in ourselves, and that confidence can start with good skin.

Physiogel has a mission to empower women with sensitive skin to break free from the barriers we or society impose on ourselves. #EverydayStrong is their campaign that celebrates women who choose to be better and stronger every day. Their stories will be shared and we'll start with three successful women: photographer Sara Black, fashion designer Vania Romoff, and creative digital influencer Pat Henson.

Vania Romoff

She's one of today's hottest designers but Vania says it didn't happen overnight. "I used to do fittings and consultations inside coffee shops," she says and adds the years she spent selling at bazaars. "A whole lot of patience, perseverance, and resilience. It will take you quite a while to get there, maybe longer than expected, but there is no telling what a young woman can achieve once she puts her heart into it."

Vania is also a mom to a daughter, Emilia Simone. Between motherhood and growing her fashion business, Vania says, "Most days there’s barely a room to breathe. But there is strength from the inside that tells you to never stop working towards your goals – no matter what the circumstances are; and that it is always okay to take a step back and reprioritize."

Pat Henson

She may be just 22, but Pat Henson has already suffered crushed dreams and reinvented herself to create new ones. As a teen, she was an athlete but a broken collarbone forced her to give up the sports she loves. "I had to go through surgery—a titanium plate was attached to hold my bones together."

Because she was tall, she tried modeling but was told she was chubby and faced many rejections. Pat says, "I told myself, this isn’t really for me. I need to move on." With that she started a swimwear business and became a social media darling in the process. Pat says, "I wouldn’t change anything. From the fracture that broke my heart, to the modeling rejections, and being turned down, all led me here today. I started my own business with Costa Swimwear in which I design everything – from the items to the packaging, printed materials, and even designed several triathlon logos along the way. Pretty cool experience, I must say."

Sara Black

Of the three Physiogel #EverydayStrong women, it's Sara Black I know. I was new in the magazine industry and Sara had just shifted from modeling to photography when we went on a shoot to Iloilo. She was so graceful and soft-spoken that I felt loud and awkward beside her. Her grace isn't just something that exudes from her, it is also seen in her work—all her photographs are elegant and intimate. This talent has put her on top of the industry. 

"When you really love what you do, you work harder every single time no matter what kind of job it is. It will involve a lot of your time, a lot of sleepless nights," Sara says before adding ruefully, "If you’re unlucky like me, even getting confined in a hospital due to fatigue."

One of my favorite songs is "I Have Confidence In Me" from The Sound of Music. I like to sing it whenever I'm nervous—I'm on my way to a job interview, about to board a plane, about to face a crowd for a speaking engagement. I like singing, "Strength doesn't lie in numbers, strength doesn't lie in wealth. Strength lies in nights of peaceful slumber, when you get up—Get up! It tells me all I trust I lead my heart to. All I trust becomes my own. I have confidence in confidence alone. Besides what you see, I have confidence in me!"

Vania, Pat, and Sara have shown that strength is more than what we see. And with them joining the #EverydayStrong campaign of Physiogel, they are telling us that we can have the confidence and strength to achieve anything we set our mind to, just like they did.  

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