Author and motivational speaker Megan Mottley has started a movement, encouraging women to embrace beauty holistically. Adding depth to the sometimes superficial term “glamour,” Megan hopes she can inspire positive change with what she calls The Glamour Girl Movement.
“A Glamour Girl exudes ‘true glamour’ and she possesses both inner and outer beauty. False glamour is having a boatload of outer beauty but not having one ounce of inner beauty. It's pointless to look all pulled together on the outside but unsure of your purpose thus carrying around bitterness, jealousy, and lack of vision on the inside. True Glamour leads to freedom, peace of mind, and a bold walk of purpose and integrity,” explains Megan, as a model of “true glamour” herself.
The Path to “True Glamour”
Originally from Memphis, Megan grew up in a traditional home with both parents, two older siblings, and a Christian foundation that she found key to developing her solid character.
”My parents are a huge influence. They didn't have much but made the most of what they had. I grew up watching them make sacrifices for their children and doing their best to keep us on the right track. That taught me to focus on the most valuable things in life - family, happiness, and leaving a legacy,” Megan says.
She attended the University of Memphis on two scholarships majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She later returned to earn a Masters of Liberal Studies. During these college years, she found her purpose as a writer and freelanced for the University of Memphis' school newspaper as well as local magazines including B. Visible Magazine, Grace Magazine, Memphis Entertainment News,
and The Christian Banner
She eventually took on role of editor for a grassroots publication, Proud Magazine, before eventually launching her own publication, DIVINE Magazine. Created as an inspirational magazine for young men and women of all races, it is currently in publication in over five states.
“People need hope in every area of their lives, and I strive to inspire people in everything that I do. I've lost friends to suicide, and I've had my own personal struggles so I know all too well how overwhelming life can be at times. I consider myself an agent of hope because it's my daily duty to spread hope wherever I go. For the past 10 years, I've used my writing and editing skills to coach and assist other aspiring authors as well as assist clients with resumes, social media, and other multi-media projects,” she says.
Overcoming struggles is something Megan acknowledges as a path to growth. Sharing an example of one of her biggest struggles, she shows how to overcome it positively.
“Losing a dear friend about 3 years ago was one of the toughest things that I've faced in life. I was angry, hurt, disappointed, and deeply saddened by her sudden death. A mutual friend said something to snap me out of my grief—"Megan, I know you loved Tiereney but God loved her more." It helped me to accept her death and lit a fire under me to honor her legacy. I worked diligently with my friend's family to start a scholarship fund in her name—the Tiereney M. Edwards Scholarship Fund. Tiereney was a huge advocate for education and worked in admissions at Tennessee State University, often traveling to various cities to recruit prospective students. She was high-spirited and very passionate about higher education so each year the fund helps to provide students with book scholarships.”
“Glamour Girl: How to Get the Ultimate Makeover”
With all her talents as a writer, motivational speaker, and make-up artist, Megan developed The Glamour Girl Movement
in 2011. Organizing a program structured for women to be more of what she calls a ministry. Her e-book “Glamour Girl: How to Get the Ultimate Makeover” provides ways to change inside and out.
“I was raised to focus on both—inner beauty and outer beauty. My mother thought that it was just as important to have a great attitude as it was to have on a great shade of lipstick. Women should work to enhance both their inner and outer beauty. A woman should always aspire to evolve—change your hair, try a new mascara, eat right, stay fit, update your wardrobe, dress modestly, be kind to others, watch the road rage, dream big, save your money, go back to school, write that book—be ever evolving,” she says.
Designed to “empower, ignite, and rejuvenate women through beauty,” The Glamour Girl Movemen
t is about being confident and exuding it like a bright light. As a mother to a young girl, Megan quickly learned that she was a role model to her 14-year-old daughter Kaitlin and would be a positive one to her daughter and to those around her. More than just possessing the qualities of a positive role model, Megan embraces her role as “agent of hope” to teach others to find their own purpose and shares with us one more piece of advice:
“Keep Shining—-when no one is watching, when no one pats you on the back, when times get hard, or when you'd much rather quit. It's so important to shine through every situation—good and bad. Yes, times will get hard but we should strive to let nothing dim our light but rather use every situation to learn, grow, and encourage the next person.”
Her new e-book called, "The Modern Girl's Guide To Fasting" is for women who need to find balance and purpose through the experience of fasting from food, beverages, social media, entertainment, etc., for a certain period of time. The e-book is filled with worksheets, journal pages, sample meal plans, focus prayers, purpose plans & more. Available at http://www.theglamourgirlmovement.com/shop. She is also available to host vision board parties and/or speak at women's events, conferences and workshops about purpose, single parenting, publishing, and, of course, her “all time favorite topic—inner and outer beauty.”
If you would like to make a donation to the Tiereney M. Edwards Scholarship Fund, please send donations via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Scholarship Office at Tennessee State University.
For more information about all of Megan's brands, please visit http//www.meganmottley.com
To reach Megan for booking or general inquiries, email email@example.com.
Hair & Makeup: Her own.
Jewelry: Traci Lynn
Black Top/Pants: Marshalls
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Shoot Locaiton: Mulan Asian Bistro