One of the reasons that I was interested in journalism was because of the traditional news media’s reluctance to publish or air stories about people like Janell McCovey. Janell is one of the founders of a Connecticut based community group called Perfect Girl’s Ain’t Real, one of the many organizations formed to inspire and make a difference in the lives of young people in our urban communities.
Last week, I was invited to attend their Live on Purpose Fashion Show and Launch. According to the invite “[t]his show will debut a line of carefully designed shirts, in various designs, that will remind women to live with purpose, by living ON purpose!”
I had never heard of the organization or event but was motivated to attend out of sheer curiosity. I showered, dressed and grabbed Ossie’s canon, just in case. What I witnessed was a beautiful and inspiring fashion show featuring young women who were appropriately dressed, well rehearsed and poised. Janell also gave a wonderful closing which inspired this Q&A.
I co-founded a community group with my best friend, Remila Triumph, called Perfect Girls Ain’t Real (PGAR). Our mission is to cultivate, educate, and inspire young women of distinguished character, by virtue of mentorship, activism, and advocacy; seeking to redefine the stereotypical ideology of self and employ the perfect power that lies within the imperfect woman.Simply put, our aim is to identify purpose, deliver hope, and ignite the flame of promise that is in the heart of each young woman. PGAR was birthed from the desire to inspire. According to the Confidence Coalition and Do Something:
Every woman needs to be reminded of their worth. Women are often adorned with so many crowns: student, employee, sister, friend, perhaps mother; that we often lose sight of the power that we possess, the strength that God has equipped us with, and the very essence of our beauty. It was our aim to be that reminder!
Is this a summer program or year-long program?
PGAR is an ongoing empowerment group. We participate with local businesses, churches and organizations year-round to mobilize our mission.
How do I contact you if I want to join?
If you are interested in contacting PGAR for an event, we are happy to be in touch with you by emailing us at: GEMS@PGAR.ME
Where can we buy the t-shirts that were featured in the show?
Live On Purpose is a line that I was inspired to create because of PGAR’s philanthropic efforts with young women. These shirts will be available at http://liveonpurposeshoppe.