Our seventh annual DIVA Weekend is coming up Friday, February 1, through Saturday, February 2! The Woodlands’ staff and special guests will work with participants – girls and young women ages 8 to 29 – to promote empowerment, self-care, and the beauty of diversity.
During the sleepover weekend, each participant will have the option to receive a makeup and hair makeover, craft her own pageant sash, take fashion headshots, and receive runway coaching. Unlike a beauty pageant, the program is noncompetitive, focusing on displays of personality, humor, and empowerment. “Everyone deserves to embrace their full self-worth. Through DIVA weekend, The Woodlands empowers the participants to realize their own self-worth and encourages them to support their peers,” said Tanner Brown, Woodlands DIVA Coordinator. “This year during DIVA, we are placing a special focus on self-care. Self-care and empowerment go hand-in-hand. When we love our body, we are able to put more love out into the world.”
Special guest, Miss Wheelchair America 2012, Josie Badger, PhD, will hold a “girl talk” session with program participants on Friday evening. The session will include motivational points on achieving dreams and goals.
In preparation for the event, The Woodlands will be hosting “Barry’s Boutique” on its campus the Saturday prior to the DIVA Weekend Retreat. Each registered DIVA participant may schedule an individual appointment to try on and choose a complimentary gown in the pop-up shop from the extensive collection of dresses donated by community member, Nico Engelbrecht. Participants select their own DIVA outfit to inspire feelings of confidence, beauty, and empowerment. Various styles, including gowns selected from “Barry’s Boutique” to sportswear, cowgirl boots, or biker jackets, will be featured in the culmination of the DIVA weekend during a runway show. Girl power!