After spending the weekend with Danya during filming, I was fascinated with how fulfilled she felt her life was. She was truly living a life of purpose and spreading hope to children, and to families in Tijuana Mexico. It also opened my eyes to what children in other countries have to deal with – from poverty to feeling love and care, I just couldn't imagine a child having to go through all that. Between caring for 15+ children in Tijuana and her adult-aged daughter in an assisted living home in Las Vegas, Danya had zero time for herself. ZERO.
We watched transformation happen right before our eyes and the outcome was a new, confident, and compassionate woman and mom. Check out Danya's interview and her amazing before/after transformation below of Total Mom Makeover!
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Daisy: What are your favorite hobbies and/or types of community service you serve in?
Danya: I started an orphanage/Casa Hogar (foster type home) in Tijuana. I live and serve there.
Daisy: Do you have any children?
Daisy: If yes, how many children do you have and what are their ages?
Danya: 2 of my own children ages 19 and 25
Daisy: Walk us through what your mornings look like getting everyone ready for the day:
Danya: Up at 4am to have quiet time before getting the girls up at 5am. I'm in charge of the girl's dorm (ages 6-14) so I get them up, make sure they're bathed, dressed for various schools, have their beds made, area clean and dorm clean and are ready for devotions at 6am. Then breakfast for everyone (15-18 kids and 4 staff) at 7am and at about 8:20am they start heading to one of three different schools.
Daisy: How do you typically style your hair on a normal day?
Danya: Pony tail or braid
Daisy: How do you typically apply makeup on a normal day?
Danya: Hah! I wash my face and put on moisturizer. If I'm going any where outside of the house, I'll put on foundation minimally (depending on where I'm going…if it's just to the store not so much make-up, if I'm going to a meeting or something, then more make-up). If I'm staying home, then none.
Daisy: How much time do you think you need each morning to get yourself ready?
Danya: Anywhere between 15 minutes to 1.5 hours – depending on what's happening.
Daisy: When was the last time you made time for yourself?
Danya: Can't honestly remember. The kids were gone for Christmas break, but I slept a lot!
Daisy: What do you feel needs improvement with your current style and look?
Danya: My hairstyle and clothes.
Daisy: What's your unique story you'd like to share with the world?
Danya: I had a calling to work with kids in Mexico. I thought I was almost done, my youngest was almost out of high school. God thought it would be funny for me to start over with kids who otherwise would be starving and living on the street. I love every day of it and wouldn't change a thing. It's hard to drill down the last 7 years into 150 words, but that's about it. I gave up my life so these 18 kids could have a better shot at making it…and I love it. My son is volunteering with us right now through the spring semester and my daughter still lives in Las Vegas in a assisted living home.
Daisy: What positive changes have you felt or experienced when you've fixed yourself up?
Danya: People notice me. I didn't always want them to. I wanted to blend in and pass through without being noticed. Now they do and because I've had growth over the past two years, it doesn't freak me out any more and I embrace it more.
About Total Mom Makeover:
This reality webshow airs it's season premiere on April 6th, 2017 and every Thursday at 8/7pm Central beginning April 6, 2017. Each episode will feature one mom's unique story and their vow to stand out from the crowd with the opportunity to travel to a new location for an all expense paid weekend getaway and head-to-toe makeover transformation by the The It Mom's “Dream Team” – some of the most elite fashion, beauty and style experts from around the county.
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Imagine receiving a life-transforming opportunity as a mom for an all expense paid head-to-toe makeover that included the following:
- A new head-to-toe makeover complete with hair, makeup, outfits, and accessories that you get to take home and keep!
- Hair, beauty, and fashion experts physically teaching you how to do this yourself at home, along with a strategy to help you get ready every morning in minutes!
- Professional photo shoot of your “After” transformation!
- Video interview sharing your personal, unique story along with documenting your experience shared with the world on social media!
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Each weekly episode (beginning April 6 every Thursday, 8/7 p.m. central) will feature one mom’s unique and inspiring story and her vow to find a way to feel more like herself, stand out from the crowd and regain her confidence. The makeover focuses on realistic solutions that can be incorporated into a mom’s busy life but that can make a big impact on her daily beauty and fashion choices. Each episode will follow the mom through her total makeover transformation, offering tips and inspiration for the audience.
“It’s easy to find ourselves putting everyone else’s needs above our own,” explains Daisy. “Moms do this all the time, at their own expense. They find themselves rushing to get ready in the morning, not giving themselves the time and attention they deserve. I felt like I had to do something about this.”
No one knows better than Daisy Teh on how challenging it can be to balance the demands of motherhood while staying true to yourself. A teen mom at just 17, Teh got her cosmetology license and worked her way through college for makeup brands like Lancome and Borghese, where she fell in love with beauty and style. Despite her passion, Daisy Teh still struggled to raise two children, attend school, work and find time to look and feel her best. Once she landed a full time corporate job, she now has four children and a large family to care for. Despite living her “dream life”, Daisy Teh found herself tired, haggard and uninspired by makeup or clothing. “I felt like I’d lost myself,” Daisy recalls.
The It Mom Dream Team includes a slew of fashion, beauty, style, and media experts from across the country as well as four other online influencers who serve as the Dream Team Influencer Panel of judges and believe as she does, that the series will be life changing for the participating women and a true inspiration for viewers. “It’s important to lift one another up and support each other,” Daisy says. “This team believes in that vision.”
The It Mom Dream Team includes:
Dusty Simington, Celebrity Hairstylist & Salon Gregories, http://www.salongregories.com
Sean Tu, http://www.wgcnyc.com/
George Teh, http://www.specturemedia.com
Oak Fotography, http://www.OakFotography.com
Gabriel Klein–the K in OAK: He found his passion for photography when his dad handed him a 1970s Cannon AE-1. Inspired by Ansel Adams, he began shooting landscapes on his backpacking adventures through the Sierra Mountains. Soon after, Gabriel enrolled in Cal State Long Beach where he began exploring mediums such as photography, ceramics, drawing, painting, metalsmithing, printmaking, and whatever else he could get his hands on. Wanting to give back to a field that gave him so much, Gabriel graduated with a Bachelor in Art Education. He met his darling love, Aileen, during his teaching credential study. Now looking to get back to the passion that started it all, Gabriel decided to pursue his dream, Oak Fotography.
Aileen Orticio–the O in OAK: Her passion for photography started when her aunt gifted her a digital point and shoot camera. Soon after, she decided to major in Photography and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Cal State University Fullerton. During her time in Cal State, Aileen honed her craft by studying and experimenting with various other artistic mediums in conjunction with her heart’s passion, photography.It was at this very creative time in her life that she met Gabriel. Aileen interned with a successful photographer for a short time and then worked as a free-lance photographer before embarking on her newest and most exciting adventure with Gabriel— Oak Fotography.
Cherrie Luzon, Fashion Stylist
Cherrie Luzon is a Fashion Designer and has been in the apparel industry since 2006. From Dallas, TX she moved to Los Angeles, California to study Fashion Design at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). After graduating she has worked at some of the top retailer as a Sweater Designer and now a designer/Design Manager for a Cheer Company at Rebel Athletic. Cheer Moms, Cheer Coach for All Star and School check out: http://www.RebelAthletic.com
Ashley Trevino, Fashion Stylist
“Discover Your Confidence With Style” | Ashley Trevino is a fashion stylist, bridal specialist and Motivational Speaker located in Quartz Hill,CA. She was born and raised in San Diego, California where her passion for fashion was discovered at a young age. Her involvement with dance, creative arts and pageant shows has helped develop her natural gift to bring out the best in others . She is a firm believer in building ones self esteem and self image at the same time. Ashley has a very powerful and inspiring non profit organization called Limitless. Limitless is dedicated to helping encourage, inspire and motivate people to get on track. She has thrown numerous events including Fashion shows for great causes such as bringing awareness to Human Trafficking and building confidence and self worth in many individuals. She has worked with America's Next Top Model and Las Vegas Fashion Week. Ashley works with numerous women to help them discover their confidence through style and mental encouragement. Ashley believes confidence begins in the mind first and that style is a by-product. She has many speaking engagements around the United States, helping encourage many to discover confidence from with-in. Ashley owns a boutique bridal store called Bella Bridal Gowns: http://www.bellabridalgowns.com/
Karen Flor, Accessories Stylist
“Looking put together is more than being able to coordinate your outfit. Smile and walk with confidence- that's the perfect accessory!” ~K
Karen's love for fashion and accessories started at a very young age. As a little girl, one of her favorite things to do was playing dress up in her mom's closet and finding special pieces. Karen started her journey in the fashion and retail industry, when she decided to work as a seasonal help for a department store. Since then, she has worked her way up through the retail ranks from sales associate to store manager. She is very passionate about people and she has formed many great friendships along the way. Her daily retail fix include surprising her clients and friends with outfits or accessories that are totally out of their comfort zone, and they end up loving it! Those are the moments she lives for- the transformation and client satisfaction! Besides her retail career, Karen, her husband and three boys devote their time at their local church serving in the music ministry. Karen is forever grateful to her husband who mentored and taught her how to play the keyboard and bass guitar. In her spare time, Karen enjoys reading with her kids, writing and playing musical instruments with her husband and shopping for the latest trends in fashion. Karen is fortunate to be able to travel for work and her most memorable destination so far was France. She hopes to be back again. Not only to indulge in France's fine cuisine, but to also explore the fashion luxuries it has to offer.
Sophadavy Hun, Makeup Artist
Sophadavy Hun is a freelance makeup artist based in Orange County. She has been in the industry for 18 years and received her artistry training from working for some of the top renowned artistry brands such as Stila and MAC. As a freelance makeup artist, she developed her professional skills in bridal, print, in studio, fashion, and airbrush makeup. She has a keen eye for color correction and make up techniques that complement various ethnicities. Click on the link below to preview some of her work from her gallery.
The twelve selected moms will be featured in each episode and were treated to an all-expense paid weekend trip to Newport Beach, CA. where the It Mom’s Dream Team awaits them. Daisy Teh considers this project one of the most important of her career. “To help someone regain their sense of self is truly incredible. I’m humbled to be able to provide the opportunity to do this for these women.”
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