Red Haute Mama of the Moment – Brandi

Brandi – Red Haute Mama of the Week

Bringing you another inspiring transformation of a Red Haute Mama.  Meet Brandi, from Midlothian, Virginia.  She’s a busy 33 year old mother of 3.

Some transformations are instant (like last week’s RHM of the Week, Sarah).  Others, like Brandi’s take time.

 No matter where you are in your journey, celebrate your beauty.  Enjoy where you are.  The only thing that’s constant is change.  Here’s hoping that you are changing in ways that make you happy.

Here’s Brandi’s story.

 

 

1. First name, city, age, and how many children do you haveBrandi, from Midlothian VA,  age 33, I have 3 children

2.  Your occupation, company website -if you have one, hobbies, interests
Certified Medical Coder
Surgery Coordinator
Herbalife Distributor
Professional Model
Mrs.Virginia 2012 
And of course all the many hats I wear as a mother and wife (what don’t I do!. haha)
3.  What is your favorite beauty advice/tip for – skin? 
I know it sounds very cliche but protect your skin from the sun! You should wear at least, an SPF of 15 daily. Wear a brimmed hat to try and shade your face, ears, and neck  if you are outdoors for prolonged periods. I used to be a sun worshiper but as I’ve aged and have seen the effects on my family members I have learned that having that glow is not worth the risk of getting skin cancer. My grandmother, grandfather and most recently my aunt have been diagnosed with melanoma, a.k.a. skin cancer. My aunt had to undergo immediate surgery when they found that it had already spread to her lymph nodes. My mother has had numerous precancerous spots removed and I have begun seeing a dermatologist on a regular basis to help protect myself. The damage is really done early on but it’s never too late to start taking the precautions to protect yourself from further damage. It could save your life!
4.  What is your favorite beauty advice/tip for – hair?  
Everyone’s hair type is slightly different. I have extremely dry, coarse, curly hair. Growing up, I had no one to show me what to do with my kind of hair so I walked around looking like a HOT FRIZZY mess. The wisdom I’ve gained in the hair department is to never over-wash your hair. Washing every other day is sufficient, or in my case 1 to 2 times a week. Washing your hair strips the natural oils out of the hair and will leave the hair dry, and frizzy. If you have very oily hair, then use a dry shampoo to soak up the oils in between washes and help to re-freshen the hair. Another tip is to use a Sulfate FREE shampoo!  Sulfate is used in many household cleaners and unfortunately in shampoo’s as well. Think about it, if sulfate can cut the grease in house cleaners than it can certainly destroy the natural oils in your hair. Without oil the hair will turn frizzy. Your scalp will lose the natural lubricants that it needs and when it does your body will produce more oil to compensate. When this happens your hair will become even oilier and most assume that this means you need to wash more. It’s a vicious cycle! Wash less to have healthier hair.
5.  What is your favorite beauty advice/tip for – body? 
I have been on both sides of the spectrum when it comes to body image. Growing up I was a firm size 6/8 and was very happy with myself. I’ve always been a “curvy” girl. It wasn’t until I began having children that I was faced with a weight issue. I gained 75 lbs with my 1st pregnancy leaving me in a firm size 10/12 for 2 years. I was miserable with myself and clueless as to how to lose the weight. It was at that point that I began to learn that health was not working off all the junk I put in my body but instead it was cleansing my body from the inside out. I was finally able to shed the weight but was faced with 2 additional pregnancies where I again, gained more than 50 lbs. But this time I knew exactly what I had to do to get fit and healthy. I am now a 2/4 and more fit than I ever was in my teens and twenties. I am now an Herbalife distributor because their products have helped me get in the best shape of my life and I’m honored to be able to help others in their journey to a better body. You’ve probably heard the saying being fit is 80% diet and 20% exercise. I’m proof of that! You can’t out-exercise a bad diet!
6.  What is your favorite beauty advice/tip – miscellaneous?
Something else that I truly believe makes me the best ME I can be is prayer. We can spend countless hours trying to perfect the outside but I know personally that being centered spiritually is more important than anything. Prayer helps me get my day started in the right frame of mind. It helps me to look at life through a different set of eyes. I see the cup as half full. I see the positive things in those that others only see negative. It allows me to be used as an instrument of God to impact the lives of those that I come in contact with. I am proud of my Christian heritage and am certain that this is a HUGE reason why people are drawn to me. I’m just a normal everyday gal with a huge spiritual assignment. They say the window to your soul is through the eyes and when I speak to people I know that can sense the genuineness that I possess. I “pray” that I can continue to be a positive example and role model to all that I encounter!
7.  How have you changed from your before photo to your after photo?
Well, pictures are worth a thousand words right? I think my pictures are speaking a lot more than a thousand words! I have grown (or shrunk for that matter) in so many ways. Something I always struggled with growing up was self esteem. Most would say I’m crazy! I’ve been a model since I was 16. I always had people telling me how pretty I was, but the problem was I never believed them. When I looked in the mirror I never saw what others saw in me. Maybe it was that I lacked the words of encouragement and love that only a father can give to their daughter. See, I lost my father when I was 9 years old. And as much as you would like to think that you can just get over it… you can’t. There are things that I lacked as a teenage girl because I didn’t have a father telling me that I was beautiful and showing me how a lady should be treated. It has taken me many, many years to finally look at myself and say “Your Pretty”. I connect with those that have a negative body image. In my before pictures I was unhappy… I was smiling through the pain of how I truly felt about myself. I was embarrassed of who I was despite everything my husband said and did to make me aware of how beautiful he thought I was. I had to believe it for myself. Through my journey to becoming a healthier me I have grown physically, I’m stronger now than I’ve ever been. I struggled with the running the mile in school and now I can run 5-6 miles straight! I’ve grown mentally, I began to recite the scripture “you are fearfully and wonderfully made” to myself daily. And I’ve grown spiritually  I pray every day that God would allow me to see all the positive attributes that I possess rather than the negative. I can honestly say I’m a BIG girl now :)
8.  What is your favorite quote?
It’s very difficult to choose just 1 quote but I would say this one has to be one of my favorite! “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
9.  Anything else you’d like to share?  It can be inspirational, advice, tips, ANYTHING at all. 
Here is what I would suggest to all that read this….
    1. Embrace who you are.
    2. Explore what you want to do… your passions, dreams, desires.
    3. What does living a successful life mean to you?
    4. Start working on small goals to move you in that direction.
    5. Enjoy the process of becoming a better you and don’t let stumbling blocks throw you off track. Keep on trucking!
    6. Be content with where you are in the process and count your blessings!

 Thank you so much to Brandi!  Did you like her story?  Share your comments below.  
Would you like to be featured as a Red Haute Mama of the Week?  Then send a “before” and “after” photo and a short description why YOU should be featured to kirin@redhautemama.com

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About Kirin

Kirin Christianson+, is the founder of Red Haute Mama, an online community to provide expertise in 'all things glam.' From toes to tresses, no nook goes uncovered without examination. Red Haute Mama steers you toward the holy grail of glamor.

Growing up, Kirin didn’t have a lot, and everything was pretty ordinary - including her. On the outside she was an insecure, gangly, red-headed girl. But on the inside, she was a street-smart brainiac determined to make her way.

How did she do it? She took a long, hard look in the mirror. And there it was. Something wonderful - potential! So she turned that red hair to ravishing, whipped those freckles into creamy white skin, and traded in the Keds for kitten heels.
The result? Me-ow!

What happened next? What didn’t! She became a model for print and television, a trainer for runway, a business mogul and a mom! A red haute mom, that is.

That’s her story from red crayon to red lipstick. So come on girls - let’s start writing yours!

Comments

  1. Laura Mitchell says:

    What Brandi forgot to include in her transformation is the fact that she underwent plastic surgery (breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction) in order to achieve the look she has now. I have nothing against plastic surgery, in fact, I think it’s a great choice for women who have had pregnancies and need help in achieving their final goal. Yet, I find it disheartening that Brandi would mislead women into thinking that by 80% diet and 20% exercise you can achieve the same degree of success as she has. No denying that plastic surgery figured into the equation in a big way. No need to be ashamed of the surgical help she received.

    • Kirin says:

      Thanks for your input Laura! I’ve got to say though, that if your only objection to Brandi’s transformation is her breast augmentation,etc, then you’re forgetting about the muli-billion dollar industry of padded bras and spanx (they even have Spanx brand swimsuits!). There are even some bras that guarantee to lift and fill your girls up to TWO cup sizes. No surgery required.

      And my husband is a physician and has touted the 80% diet, 20% exercise rule. (And he hasn’t had any breast augmentation) :) Seriously though, through mostly diet, and strategic exercises (and a really fabulous padded bra if necessary!) you can achieve great results. Brandi just invested more in herself and her “girls” don’t come off at night when she gets into her Pajamas.

    • Brandi says:

      I was just informed about the post above. No, I don’t need to defend myself as I believe my beautiful friend Kirin has already done that quite well. But what I would like to do is clarify some things. What one chooses to do with their body should never be a concern of anyone elses. I NEVER mislead anyone with my thoughts in this blog. I know without a shadow of doubt that in order to achieve the results that I have takes much dedication to a healthy diet and exercise regimen, endless hours in the gym, and the willingness to never give up.
      I will NEVER deny that I have had RECONSTRUCTIVE cosmetic surgery and to clear the record I have NEVER had liposuction. After having 3 children, and breast feeding by 28 years of age I had lost 30-40 lbs, was a size 4, and was spending 5-6 days a week in the gym. In fact, I was so dedicated to being fit that I got tremendous results with a popular beachbody program in 2004 (after my second child was born) and was flown to Hollywood CA to film and be a testimonal on their infomercial. This was all PRE-SURGERY. I have plenty of pictures PRE-SURGERY to prove that surgery did not give me the body that I have. Hard work did!
      In 2009, after baby #3, I chose to have my breast lifted and augmented to give me the same size and volume that I had before children (not to give me stripper boobs). I also chose to have the massive amount of extra hanging skin removed from my abdomen as well. I was tired of having to tuck and conceal it every time I was in a swimsuit. This procedure for me was strickly a skin removing procedure as I was very fit and had no abdominal fat to remove.
      And for the record I have never had any facial surgery in my life! I’ve heard and seen many people obsessed with trying to prove that I’ve had facial surgery… completely FALSE. I’m far from perfect. I have plenty of strech marks that I will never be able to conceal and just like most women I have things that I would love to improve. I am thrilled with the decision I made years ago to look and feel like that 28 year old that spends 5-6 days a week in the gym with a hard body. I’m now 33, working harder than ever to get as lean and fit as I can and I’m in the best shape of my life. Surgery does not magically create muscles for you and get you lean. Surgery can help contour the body to make a better shape. In my case it was reconstructing 2 areas of my size 4, 125 lb body to make me feel more comfortable in my skin. I rest my case… and God Bless America! LOL

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