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BlackBeltBeauty MUSE Q+A with the dangerous beauty who empowers women around the world: Eve Torres Gracie

Powerhouse. That’s one very fitting word to give you a glimpse of the woman that is, Eve Torres Gracie.  

Just as the beauty of a rose is created through its many layers, Eve continues to unfold remarkable tiers of a diverse and inspiring woman- one who consistently believes and achieves throughout her life.  She is a USC graduate with a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering (aka smart AF), a life long athlete, an entertainer, an educator, an entrepreneur, a new mother and a loving wife. It's no wonder why this incredible woman is a BlackBeltBeauty Muse. 

Many know Eve from her years entertaining millions of fans worldwide as a WWE Diva, while others around the world know her as their empowered and caring instructor who teaches the skills one needs to defend themselves in a potential life threatening scenario.  Throughout the year Eve travels around the world with her husband and ultimate teammate, Rener Gracie, teaching the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and their Women Empowered self defense program.  Their unprecedented instruction has positively impacted the lives of thousands, if not millions of people to date (myself included).  

 

Eve’s demand in the entertainment world keeps her busy exercising her “bad-assary” on screen.  With ass-kicking roles like her appearance as "Dasha" in Jackie Chan’s, major motion film “Skiptrace” or her fight scene as "Maxima "in the hit TV show “Supergirl,” it is clear that Hollywood respects and values the talents of this real-life superwoman.  Through all of the above, Eve’s artistic thirst led her to partner with her talented sister-in-law, Sage Gracie Allard and develop InJOYtheparty, a creative business that specializes in curated themed parties amid an experts touch. 

 

The list goes on because this woman does not stop creating… hence a powerhouse.  

Just over a year ago now, Eve and her husband Rener became parents to their first child, Raeven Gracie, giving them both the ULTIMATE “stripe” on their life belts. 

 

Courage is another character trait in Eve that was made visible through multiple media channels recently.  The new mother of Raeven Gracie, shared a powerful message addressing the pressure she’s felt (like thousands of women who’ve given birth) to get back to her pre-baby shape and quickly after pregnancy.  Her renewed perspective on the subject, expressed her pride and appreciation for having a healthy body and a healthy son- priorities in check.

All of this may surface the question of “how is it possible to accomplish and uphold all of these incredible roles and still have the energy to create more?” 

The better question is, “How does Eve do this all day, everyday and still manage to make time for those she cares for with ease in her demeanor and the grace of a composed woman? “

It takes a highly passionate, committed, focused and driven woman to perform on that kind of extraordinary level- all of which make the sum total of Eve equal 360 degrees of the beautiful femme-fatale that she is.   

Have a look inside the incredibly inspiring mindset of Eve in the Q+A below.

 

BlackBeltBeauty Muse Q + A:

BBB: What helps you stay committed to your goals?

ETG: In my opinion, if they are authentic goals, the thought of reaching these goals is all I need to keep myself on course and committed.  Whenever I do feel off track, I ask myself two questions:

1) Why do I want to achieve this goal? Reminding myself of the why is sometimes all I need to refocus and recharge.  2) Is this goal something I truly want?  Sometimes we set goals that are externally driven. “I want to lose 10 lbs” just might be a goal that was influenced by societal pressures, and doesn’t come from internal desires. If it’s not an authentic goal, then it’s likely it will never be accomplished, or if it is reached, the level of sacrifice will overpower the actual outcome.

BBB: What is one thing about yourself that you feel proud of?

ETG: I am proud of my relationships. I am especially proud that I have been able to create and sustain strong female friendships.  My girls are the ones who keep me inspired, sane, and grounded. I’m proud of my friends, and I am also proud that I have been able to contribute to my friends’ lives in ways that I can.

BBB: What do you love most about your career and/or business?

I love witnessing women discover their untapped power. We are all powerful in different ways. Discovering how to manifest that power physically with self-defense techniques has incredible widespread effects. I love watching a woman’s view of herself shift when she discovers that she is actually a badass.

BBB: What has been the greatest challenge you’ve over come so far?

My most recent challenge was restructuring my life and mindset to feel like I can be effective as a new mother, a business owner, and an educator. Your goals may be set high, but when you expect too much of yourself at certain transitional points in your life, you start to feel worthless and unhappy. Finding the true value in time spent with my son and realizing it can be just as valuable as my time teaching or performing was a difficult paradigm shift for me.

BBB: What do you tell your mind when you’re faced with a challenge you need to overcome?

I remind myself that the butterflies I feel, or the anxiety I have towards a challenge is exactly what I need to perform at my best.

BBB: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra that inspires you?

ETG: Yes. I recite the poem Invictus, by William Ernest Henley. It ends with “I am the mistress of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”

BBB: With such a full schedule every day; what is your go-to strategy for prioritizing your time management?

ETG: I wish I had some life-changing answer for this, but lists. I HAVE to make a list for the day in my planner or I get completely overwhelmed and sidetracked. There is no better feeling than furiously crossing off an item on my to-do list that day! This is still something I consistently work on. I usually blurt out at least one expletive a day because I forgot to do something or call someone.

BBB: What makes you feel like a badass?

ETG: When I question my ability to do something, and then actually do it. I love having my ass kicked in the gym, in sparring, and in life. (That, and ordering Starbucks online. I walk straight up to the counter to get my drink, then past the long line, and I’m out the door like a boss.)

BBB: What makes you feel beautiful?

ETG: Actually doing my hair. I don’t often stray from the mom bun, but I’m definitely flipping it around like I’m Beyonce when it’s down.

BBB: What are your top 3 beauty products at the moment?

ETG: Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencils – because, eyebrows.  bareMinerals bareSkin Foundation - that [you] recommended, of course. TIGI Bed Head Hair Stick – It’s the only thing that keeps my baby hairs down!

BBB: Do you have something you eat or drink regularly that makes you feel nourished and energized? 

ETG: Matcha Lattes. Love.

BBB: What book(s) has positively impacted your life and why? 

ETG: A book I recommend to every woman is the Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker. It’s life-saving and incredibly valuable.

BBB: In 3 words, what do you feel makes a woman beautiful?

ETG: Laughter, confidence, and passion.

Thank you for your endless inspiration encouragement and Eve- we can't get enough of it! Gratefully we know that with you, we will never run out of it.

xRx 

Follow the world of Eve via Instagram & Twitter @evetorressgracie

 

 

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BlackBeltBeauty Muse Q+A with Badass-Boss Lady KELLY TOMLINSON POLLACK

Kelly Tomlinson Pollack is no joke.  In just a few short years since starting her company, Tomlinson Management Group, an agency that represents and manages the careers of creative artists in the beauty and entertainment industries; Kelly has quickly earned the respect as one of the industries best agents and a very smart business woman. 

It was not an easy move to launch an agency in one of the most competitive fields of business and city but having the determination to succeed and the encouraging support of her husband; she was able to move hesitations out the way and went for it.  Kelly has successfully built her business from ground up and fast. Starting with just one artist on her roster, she proved that success is not about how much you have; it's about how to make the best from what you have. 

TMG has grown into one of the leading artist management agencies in Los Angeles, representing some of the most elite artists in the business.  Kelly continues to drive forward every day and reach for more greatness in all aspects of her life. She is a woman who managed to put her fears to the side and invest in her desires to succeed.  She took the chance regardless of the "what if's" and hasn't looked back since... well maybe a bit to smile at her success that continues to grow by the day. Can't blame her. It's impressive and she's only getting warmed up. Here's an inspiring peek inside the mindset of this badass boss lady and BlackBeltBeauty muse:

BBB: What helps you stay committed to your goals?

KT: I have always been very motivated and a self-starter - I’m always interested in what I can do next. I love the life I’ve created with my husband, and our dogs, and our home - everything we have accomplished together makes me want to keep going because things just keep getting better. I always remind myself that I’ve come this far so why would I stop now?

BBB: What is one thing about yourself that you feel proud of?

KT: This is such a hard one! I’m proud that I’ve worked hard enough to get to a place where I get to call the shots - its such a privilege that people trust me to do that.

BBB: What do you love most about your career and/or business?

The thing I love most about my business is that I’m surround by all of the best, most talented and genuinely kind people I’ve ever met. I make a huge effort to fill my company with positive and happy people.

BBB: What has been the greatest challenge you’ve over come so far?

KT: Finding the courage to start my own agency. It was so daunting, but I’m so glad I did it. Now I feel like there is nothing I can’t do.

BBB: What do you tell your mind when you’re faced with a challenge you need to overcome?

KT: My favorite thing to remember is that you can never fail, you only produce results. So trying a new challenge can’t result in failing, you may or may not get the result you want, but its always worth a shot. And most of the time it turns out better than you ever thought it would!

BBB: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra that inspires you?

You don’t get what you’re worth, you get what you negotiate. I have no idea who said that, I think I heard it on a podcast, but its genius! It just reminds me to never be afraid to ask for what I want for myself and for my clients.

BBB: What makes you feel like a badass (because you are!)?

KT: I mean, making a great business deal for one of my clients always makes me feel like a badass. But these days the fact that I found the strength to drag my ass out of bed at 6 AM to hike the hills in my neighborhood in Malibu REALLY makes me feel unstoppable. 

BBB: What makes you feel beautiful?

KT: Gorgeous skin and red lipstick!

BBB: What are your top 3 beauty products at the moment?

KT: Right now I’m obsessed with Talika Lipocils Eyelash treatment - its a miracle, my eyelashes have never looked better. The best exfoliator I have ever used is also Talika - their Photo-Pure Scrub. My skin feels brand new whenever I use it. And of course the tinted Klorane Dry Shampoo - couldn’t live without it.

BBB: Do you have something you eat or drink regularly that makes you feel nourished and energized? 

KT: Everyone Monday morning I buy my office a green juice and a ginger wellness shot from Pressed Juicery - we all do it together to start the week and it makes me so happy. It puts us in a good mood and we feel like we’re doing something good for ourselves.

BBB: What book(s) has positively impacted your life and why? 

KT: I LOVE reading anything and everything - this list could be pages long - I always go back to Dr Wayne Dyer Power of Intention, it always reminds me to make sure i’m focused in the right direction. I love The Body Book by Cameron Diaz - taking care of myself is so important and I think the way she relays information is really easy to read and understand and I appreciate that!

BBB: With such a full schedule every day; what is your go-to strategy for prioritizing your time management?

KT: Time management is such a tough one but so important - I’m definitely still learning by trial and error. But I always have do to lists and I religiously set reminders on my phone - I will absolutely forget anything that I don't write down. And I schedule everything I need to do even when its personal so I don’t forget.

BBB: In 3 words, what do you feel makes a woman beautiful?

KT: Confidence, intelligence, kindness

Thank you for the endless inspiration Kelly ❤️

For more inspiration from Kelly and her artists follow @tmgla on Instagram

xRx 

 

 

 

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