AYDAH Foundation

Advancing Health and Improving Youth self development

African Youth Development and Health Foundation,

a non-profit group, organized to

Establish, Prevent and Maintain a comprehensive and efficient healthcare delivery to the youth and underserved communities

Provide opportunities and inspire the Youth through Education, Employment and Empowerment 

Friday Fame: Kate Winslet

"I don't believe in sort of holding back...life isn't a dress rehearsal!"

The lovely Kate Winslet is a tremendous talent with a tremendous personality (not to mention tremendous beauty and style) and I consider her a huge inspiration, so I was surprised last night when I realized I've never spotlighted her in our Friday Fame series! It's high time she was included among our list of inspirations, and I knew the best way to do that would be to share, through Kate's pictures and her own words, just what makes her beautiful.

"Sometimes I look in the mirror and go, 'Oh, why don't I just have a little bit more sucking in going on?' But if my cheekbones don’t become more prominent with age, they don't. Hey-ho! There's more to life than cheekbones."

"I have wrinkles...which are very evident. And I will particularly say when I look at movie posters, 'You guys have airbrushed my forehead. Please can you change it back?'"

"It's important for me to stand by my views, because I do think glossy magazines are the culprit of a lot of these young women's obsessions with the idea of perfection. I mean, every magazine cover we see now has been retouched. These poor young girls look at these photos and say: 'I wish I had that body' or 'I wish I had beautiful skin like that'. What they don't know is that the actress is wearing three-inch thick make-up, and the pictures have been digitally enhanced or reduced or whatever. It just gives an incorrect idea of beauty. To me, a beautiful person is someone who makes me laugh and is comfortable in their own skin, whatever shape and size they are."

"Because of the person I am I won't be knocked down - ever. They can say I'm fat, I'm thin, I'm whatever, and I'll never stop. I just won't. I've got too much to do. I've too much to be happy about."

I adore her outlook; she definitely represents a lot of quailities I strive for on a self-esteem level, and I love that she dedicates herself in some degree to giving a voice to that. I think we could all learn a lot from her!

- Casee Marie