My friend Cathy is attending the Democratic National Convention this week. She is a committed activist and a beautiful and inspiring person. As someone who is not registered as a Democrat, she discusses her reasons for attending the convention. She also shares her skin care regimen and how her routine has changed during her hectic and exciting time meeting and interacting with various Influencers, political officials and celebrities at the DNC (great photos to follow).
What do you do for a living?
I am a veterinarian, Doctor of veterinary medicine or DVM.
What’s your skin care regimen?
I’ve been using the Alba botanical exfoliating mask daily. I apply it a few minutes before showering and rinse it off in the shower as I rinse conditioner out of my hair. I have a Kiss my Face Shea butter sun screen stick that is sweat and water resistant and also keeps my eyebrows at bay and removes whatever mascara residue is left from the night before. I then apply new mascara and blush. I’d have used a little oil for the mascara removal but forgot to pack it 😉
What’s the scene and atmosphere like at this year’s Democratic National Convention?
The hotels are very full so it’s been sleeping on couches and floors, taking very short showers and having little bathroom time and all day in the hot sun getting super sweaty and trying not to get too much sun, trying to get enough sleep, water and food and having enough sunscreen. Everyone is pretty sweaty so nobody seems to care. Lots and lots of sweaty hugs, even with celebs, and nobody minds, everyone is in the same state.
There are activists of every belief here but we are all humans underneath it all, not the labels we wear and I always keep that in mind so that I can treat everyone with kindness and respect. All forms of activism are fragments of a whole unless they are hate based and then it is even more important to treat them with love and compassion.
Do you have any beauty secrets you can share?
Throughout all of this, my routine has been very disrupted and it’s made me think about our standards of beauty and requirements of self-grooming in the face of what we are calling a political and social revolution. Sometimes I am troubled by the expense and time women are expected to spend on their own appearance. Then I realize that much of it is simply a matter of being healthy and happy and loved that gives you that glow that draws other people in and attracts them to your cause. Hillary supporters accused women of supporting Bernie only to date all the “Bernie-bros” which is very insulting and degrading. I actually think it’s the other way around. I think that the women draw the men to causes, not the reverse.
That being said, you don’t want to be slowed down shaving your legs or curling your hair but a happy, healthy and beautiful presence could help the cause so like everything else there’s always a balance to find. I think this is one of the reasons why there is so much power in finding and owning and loving your own natural beauty.
Do animals have beauty secrets? What, if anything, unique or awe-inspiring have you learned from working with animals?
The beauty of animals seems to be mostly from a good diet, hydration, regular exercise and socialization. Some breeds need regular grooming, mostly the little white fluffy dogs.
What do you hope to see happen in this current political process?
As far as the issues that concern me the most—world peace, ending poverty, fighting for civil rights, environmental protection, renewable energy, better access to education and health care…and all the other parts of the Green Party platform and Bernie’s platform. I’ve reregistered with the green platform as I feel that the Democrats are now too moderate for me. I will be voting for Jill Stein and all the other “Berniecrats” and phone banking and canvassing and throwing events in all of the non-swing states for them, as this will not interfere with the presidential election and not steal any votes from Hillary that she will miss. This will be the best use of my time and will help get the other candidates elected in congress and the senate. I will also be standing up for the Green Party platform after the election to keep pressure on them to do what is right.
How do politics influence your professional and personal life?
I was inspired to become more of an activist when I realized I was being voter suppressed. I registered twice through the Glendale DMV and then three times online over the last 18 months and it did not go through. I finally had to register in person and hand it directly to someone who worked at the registrars and was registered a few weeks later but not in time to vote for the primary. Once I got involved I became more and more informed and started meeting the most amazing people. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
Dr. Cornell West after I ran with him through the rain, after we had to evacuate a tent because of a thunderstorm. I kept his hair dry with a piece of cardboard and gave Jill Stein, who was also with us, my coat to keep her dry. We were stuck under an overpass for a few hours with 20 other people and ended up having an amazing little rally there.
Nina Turner right before she gave an amazing speech. She is very nice in person.
Jill Stein- very beautiful person inside and out, her stylist told me she wakes up like that, presidential candidate for the Green Party.