#TheFierce50 & Stories of Empowerment: Stylish Paradox meets 2ChicDesigns

Today, February 19th is the launch of the first annual Fierce 50 campaign, bringing together 50 female bloggers, 50+ in celebration of midlife on the 50th day of the year! This campaign will bring awareness with the hopes of shifting the worldwide perception of the 50+ demographic. Even ESPN Journalist, Hannah Storm offered her words of wisdom and was interviewed in support of The Inaugural Fierce 50 Campaign.

I’d like to introduce you to to my amazing #fierce50 partner, Cynthia Lawson, the creator of 2chicdesigns!  A talented designer of handbags and accessories at www. 2chicdesigns.etsy.com, she is also a wife, mother of two adult children, grandmother and sales representative.  I know… she has a lot of jobs!

When Cynthia and I first spoke over the phone, there was an instant connection!  She is a beautiful spirit, a woman of strong faith and hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Cynthia’s fashion journey began in 2000, when took her seven year old daughter to a modeling agency. To her surprise, when the casting session ended, she was asked to model too! Initially, she was very shocked, but accepted the assignment with immense gratitude and enthusiasm.  She modeled with three agencies that employed both professional models and ordinary working girls of all ages. This is where her fashion education began, as she learned about dressing for her body and ways to enhance her personal style.

The runway shows she participated in were exciting, however it took time for her to perfect her signature look. Along the way, she noticed how the industry was obsessed with youth culture and appearances. Not to mention, if you were outdated or looked old, you were invisible.

Cynthia’s mission over the last fifteen years has been to overcome this stereotype. Armed with fashion magazines and the E network, she often noticed that women like her were not represented. But in 2009, she discovered a hidden world of fashion blogs written by stylish women of all ages. These inspirational blogs became the fuel she needed to bring out her true self.

Cynthia worked her way from the top down and updated her look with a sleek new hairstyle. She realized that a good hair style can immediately update your look and take years away! She searched for the appropriate style of clothing that complimented her form, and became adventurous with her color palette.  As she looked at herself in the mirror she noticed, she looked younger than she did fifteen years ago.

Her personal “style formula”  was created and she continues to add to it.  This has been the guiding light in her life and has really given her purpose.

 

Cynthia’s  family has been an inspiration and has encouraged her on this journey.  Her husband recently retired and they recently celebrated 27 years of marriage!  Her husband has also become her photographer.

Cynthia is grateful to God that he has orchestrated her life for good and stands on the scripture Psalm 92:12-15.  She believes that she will continue to flourish, grow and she supports the notion that the Fierce50 campaign will change the way the world sees woman 50 and older!

She quoted, “We are fierce and powerful, and most of all supportive of each other.”

Ladies, make sure you look Cynthia up ….  And let me tell you, she designs some fly handbags!

Finally, if you have enjoyed reading this blog post and learning more about the Fierce 50 Campaign, please visit this page http://catherinegraceo.com/meet-women-fierce-50-campaign/ to see an archive where you will find each of the women that are participating in The Fierce 50 along with their blog posts.  If you or someone you know is interested in either joining or supporting the movement, please contact info@catherinegraceo.com.  We have  lots more planned for this year and beyond so, stay tuned!

Join the movement!

Until next time, love and light!

Julie @_stylishparadox

To read my story, go to http://2chicdesigns.blogspot.com/

 

 

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8 comments

    1. Thanks Glenda! I love your blog and I look forward to meeting you at the Women’s Expo in April. All the best with your book!

  1. Julie,
    Hi! I love how you covered Cynthia’s fashion journey especially as she became more seasoned. We all know that youth is fleeting. However, Cynthia surely is an example of how we as mature women can be an inspiration to not only the over 50 group but younger women.

  2. Julie,
    Like both of you, I’m a woman of faith and a fellow Fierce 50 member! God has blessed all of us by bringing us together to share our stories and support one another. I look forward to getting to know you! Brenda

  3. Julie, I love your style! Thanks for visiting my post about midlife fashion bloggers. I hadn’t seen your blog earlier, but I will follow you. I’m also going to add your blog to my list of favorites in my current post on fashion. You’re amazing!

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