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May 1, 2016 EDITOR

Inspirational Woman: Kate Johnson

Inspirational Woman: Kate Johnson

At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking that the beautiful Australian model, former beauty queen, graphic designer and animal advocate has led a charmed life...

 

Indeed, she has in many ways, thought her life has also been peppered with tragedy and loss, which according to Kate has made her h3er, family-focused and determined to live a healthy, fulfilled lifestyle.

 

You’ve had a tough year, how have you remained positive?

I have to admit he last year has also been a huge one for many reasons, including the health of both my parents. My mother is a quadriplegic following a car accident when I was nine, and is now dealing with intricacies of kidney failure. My father, now retired, had surgery for bowel cancer this time last year and after given the all clear has since been diagnosed with prostate cancer. So it’s safe to say my life in the fast lane modeling and going to events every other day has changed dramatically! Sometimes life gives you a little wake up call to the important things in life, and for me, that means my family.

 

You open two gifts every morning; they are your eyes. It's taken a long time to gain the perspective I have today, shaped by the life experiences I've had. I count my blessings every day that I rise without fighting cancer, or confined to a wheelchair. Everything else is a breeze after that.

 

How has this changed your career focus?

I’ve swapped around my work life really to allow me more time to be at home and focus on family and health. I’m a Graphic Designer by trade and I've loved every aspect of the process since I graduated from TAFE & University. I model from time to time, but only when the campaign is something I wholeheartedly believe in. Some of my favourite clients and campaigns have been with BrasNThings, David Jones, Vogue and Cosmopolitan Brides, Underwear of Sweden, Zoggs and St Frock.

 

I’m currently working my website into a full integrated eCommerce site for my Australian and International market @ katejohnson.com.au. At the same time as adding to my blog with a h3 emphasis on natural beauty, organic skin care and teen self esteem, I'm on the hunt for amazing stockists who embody the PETA Certified, cruelty free beauty philosophy we have for our lip gloss.

 

Absolute beauty must haves?

I don't leave home without wearing 50+ sunscreen, my cruelty-free beauty lip gloss in Parisian Lace (soft pink peony shimmer), and have a soft spot for Cactus Skincare’s Lemon Myrtle Cleanser.

 

Fav Ere Perez products?

I feel like the entire product range was made just for me!


◦ Aloe Vera Gel Mascara (for lashes that don't bleed down onto your cheeks on humid days like we have been experiencing here in Sydney of late)
◦ Natural Almond Eyebrow Pencil (it's incredibly hard to find a blonde shade that suits, and now I don't have to worry about tinting)!
◦ Oat Milk Foundation (medium for everyday, Dark for when I have an organic spray tan for shoots).

 

Top 3 inspirational women?

1. My mother. How she (with my father) raised twins as a quadriplegic perplexes me. She has always been a constant calming voice in my life; with me in my darkest moments, and cheering with me during my successes. She's my hero and rock, and I would do anything for her.
2. Audrey Hepburn. The epitome of lady-like elegance, her discipline and practical sense of living, and her 38 year of passion and dedication to humanitarian work for UNICEF. She travelled the world to work with impoverished families and promoted her causes tirelessly. All whilst embracing her own unique style and sex appeal in the Marilyn Monroe - Rita Hayworths era.
3. Michelle Obama. Her commitment to supporting her husband, one of the greatest leaders of all time, whilst maintaining a humble family life. She is an example of what is possible when girls are loved and nurtured by people around them. Michelle instills her upbringing in everything she does; and is now one of those extraordinary women who exemplifies quiet strength and dignity.

 

    Do you live a green life?

    I'm a green smoothie a morning kind of girl, and LOVE it. The energy I have throughout the day is second to none, all for having a mix of greens, fruit, and my favourite NUZEST 'Good Green Stuff' mix; packed with blends of 90+ fruits and vegetables. Recycling and organic cleaning products are a part of my life, and my skin care and makeup products are equally of vegan or cruelty free origins. I prefer to shop for ethical brands that promote wholesome roots, and despite my background in modelling and pageantry, I'm not defined by designer brands, nor do I feel the need to be seen or heard at every red carpet event in the country.

     

    My night is topped off with 20 minutes of meditation and an Ovvio Organics Sencha Green Tea for a good night sleep. I wouldn't have it any other way.

     

    Kate is an ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Foundation. May 8th is World Ovarian Cancer Day. Share a piece of wisdom that you’ve learned in life. The more we know, the more we can share with others. Get involved and Click to Share What You #KnowNow.

     

    Kate is also currently Global Ambassador, Touch of Goodness Foundation; Celebrity Ambassador, Beautiful You Australia; Celebrity Ambassador, ‘Beautiful Minds’ Girlfriend Magazine Event and Animal Advocate for RSPCA Australia.

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekatejohnson_/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KateJohnsonAustralia

    Website: www.katejohnson.com.au

     

    *********** Versión en español

     

    Mujeres que Inspiran: Kate Johnson

    A primera vista pensarías que la hermosa modelo australiana, ex reina de belleza, diseñadora gráfica y defensora de animales, tiene una vida de ensueño, de hecho, la tiene en muchos sentidos, pero su vida ha sido marcada también por la tragedia y la pérdida, lo que ha hecho a Kate ser más fuerte, más enfocada en su familia y decidida a vivir una vida más saludable.

     

    Ha sido un año difícil, ¿cómo le haces para mantenerte positiva?

    Tengo que admitir que el año pasado ha sido complicado por muchas razones, incluyendo la salud de mis padres. Mi madre quedó cuadripléjica cuando tenía yo nueve años, a raíz de un accidente de coche y ahora está lidiando con las complejidades de la insuficiencia renal. Mi padre está retirado y fue sometido a cirugía por cáncer de colon hace un año y después de haberlo dado de alta fue diagnosticado con cáncer de próstata. Puedo decir que yo iba en el carril de alta velocidad, modelaba e iba a eventos todos los días y de repente mi vida cambió dramáticamente de la noche a la mañana, a veces la vida te da un llamado de atención para que valores las cosas importantes y para mí eso es mi familia.

     

    Cada mañana abres dos regalos, tus ojos. Me tomó tiempo tener esta perspectiva de la vida, he sido modelada por las experiencias que he tenido. Cuento mis bendiciones todos los días que me levanto y no tengo que luchar contra el cáncer o estar confinada a una silla de ruedas, todo lo demás no es nada después de eso.

     

    ¿Cómo cambió el enfoque en tu carrera después de estas experiencias?

    He cambiado mi estilo de trabajo para permitirme pasar más tiempo en casa y enfocarme en mi salud y familia. Soy diseñadora gráfica de profesión y he disfrutado cada aspecto del proceso desde que me gradué de TAFE & University. Modelo de vez en cuando, sólo cuando la campaña se relaciona con algo en lo que yo creo de todo corazón. Algunas de las campañas y clientes favoritos con los que trabajo son BrasNThings, David Jones, Vogue y Cosmopolitan Brides, Underwear of Sweden, Zoggs y St Frock. Actualmente estoy trabajando en mi tienda en línea para el mercado australiano e internacional @ katejohnson.com.au

     

    Al mismo tiempo trabajo en mi blog dando un fuerte enfoque en belleza natural, en productos orgánicos para el cuidado de la piel y en temas de autoestima para adolescentes. Estoy en búsqueda de distribuidores que encabecen la lista de PETA y compartan la filosofía “Cruelty Free” (libre de crueldad animal) que también tenemos en nuestros brillos labiales.

     

    ¿Cuáles son tus productos de belleza indispensables?

    No salgo de mi casa sin bloqueador solar con factor de protección de 50, mi brillo labial certificado Cruelty Free en tono Parisian Lace (un rosa claro con un poco de brillo) y el limpiador facial Cactus Skincare’s Lemon Myrtle.

     

    ¿Cuáles son tus productos favoritos de Ere Perez?

    ¡Siento que la línea completa fue hecha para mí! 1. Mascara en gel con Sábila Transparente (la mascara no se correrá por tu rostro hasta tus mejillas en días húmedos como los que hemos tenido en Sídney últimamente). 2. Lápiz Orgánico de Cejas con Aceite de Almendras (es muy difícil encontrar un tono que le quede bien a las rubias así que ahora no tengo que preocuparme por teñirme las cejas). 3. Maquillaje Fluido con Leche de Avena (en tono medium para todos los días y en tono dark para cuando tengo sesiones de fotos y me bronceo con un spray orgánico).

     

    ¿Quiénes son tus top 3 mujeres que inspiran?

    1. Mi madre. Ver cómo ella como cuadripléjica (junto con mi padre) crio a dos gemelos (mi hermano y yo), me deja perpleja. Ella siempre ha sido una voz de calma constante en mi vida; conmigo en mis momentos más oscuros, y se ha alegrado conmigo durante mis éxitos. Ella es mi héroe y roca, haría cualquier cosa por ella.

    2. Audrey Hepburn, en suma, es una mujer elegante, con disciplina, tiene un sentido práctico de la vida, y lleva 38 años de pasión y dedicación a la labor humanitaria de UNICEF. Viajó por el mundo para trabajar con las familias empobrecidas y promovió su causa sin descanso. Todo sin dejar de lado su estilo único y sensualidad en la era de Marilyn Monroe y Rita Hayworths.

    3. Michelle Obama, su compromiso de apoyar a su esposo, uno de los líderes más grandes de todos los tiempos, manteniendo al mismo tiempo una vida familiar humilde. Es un ejemplo de lo que es posible lograr cuando las niñas son amadas y nutridas por las personas de su entorno. Michelle infunde su educación en todo lo que hace; y ahora es una de esas extraordinarias mujeres que ejemplifican fuerza y dignidad.

     

    ¿Vives una Vida Verde?

    Soy el tipo de chica que se toma un smoothie verde todas las mañanas y me encanta. La energía que tengo todo el día es insuperable. Todo porque tiene una mezcla de verduras, frutas, y mi “NUZEST 'Good Green Stuff' mix”; producto que agrega más de 90 frutas y verduras a mi smoothie. El reciclaje y los productos de limpieza orgánicos son parte de mi vida. Los productos de maquillaje y cuidado de la piel que utilizo son también veganos y certificados libres de crueldad animal.

     

    Prefiero comprar a marcas éticas que promueven lo saludable y a pesar de mi pasado en el modelaje y en los espectáculos, no me inclino por las marcas de diseñadores, ni tampoco siento la necesidad de ser vista y escuchada en todos los eventos de alfombra roja del país. Termino mi noche con 20 minutos de meditación y un té verde de “Ovvio Organics Sencha” para dormir bien, no lo lograría de ninguna otra manera.

     

    Kate es embajadora Australiana de la fundación: Ovarian Cancer Foundation (Fundación del Cáncer de Ovario). El 8 Mayo es el Día Mundial del Cáncer de Ovario. Envíe tweets con los hashtags #WOCD #WorldOvarianCancerDay #KnowNow para unirse a la conversación.

     

    Además, Kate es embajadora global de la Fundación “Touch of Goodness Foundation” y es también celebridad embajadora de “Beautiful You Australia”; y de ‘Beautiful Minds’ Girlfriend Magazine Event. También es defensora animal de RSPCA Australia.

     

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekatejohnson_/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KateJohnsonAustralia

    Website: www.katejohnson.com.au

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