Women in Wellness: Dispelling the myths of perfection with Christina DuVarney
As a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Christina DuVarney from Beautiful Disaster Clothing
I believe that people are here in order to make a bigger impact in the world — and with my book, ‘Make an Impact’, I had the chance to prove that hundreds of people are using their influence to improve other people’s lives.
As the founder of the Health Bloggers Community, my mission is to support people with growing their passion into a business — and so many women are building businesses empires all over the world.
This series is a chance to spotlight some of these women
“Every one of us has a story. When we can lead with empathy and kindness is when our lives reveal change.”
Christina DuVarney is the proud owner of Beautiful Disaster Clothing Beautiful Disaster is a multi-million dollar brand that distributes confidence and self-empowerment through apparel with a purpose.
They are not just a clothing brand, Beautiful Disaster is an Identity.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?
When we started, we quickly got a deeper understanding of how the brand made people feel. That’s when things really took off. Identifying with the concept of being a beautiful disaster has become incredibly powerful, and we are so honored to be able to give women a platform to wear clothing that makes them feel empowered, strong and better about themselves.
From creation to tremendous growth, we have put an emphasis on creating a tribe so that all our women feel like they are part of a community — a community of people who celebrate their beautiful imperfections while empowering and supporting each other.
This is now evident in every aspect of our business, from the products we design to the content we distribute. Our tribe is truly the reason why we have gained momentum and grown so successfully.
Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing?
1. Perfectly Imperfect: Beautiful Disaster exists in order to change the narrative around perfection. Perfection doesn’t exist. When we can begin to accept our stories and understand that we are built brick by brick by our failures and our experiences, good or bad, we can begin to grow and transform.
2. You Don’t Know My Story: Every one of us has a story. When we can lead with empathy and kindness is when our lives reveal change. The simple act of remembering we don’t know anyone else’s story and they don’t know ours, is what will give pause in being judgmental.
3. The Phoenix: Just like the Phoenix we’re able to be reborn from the ashes of our past. If you let the fire inside of you burn brighter than the fire around you — your wings will begin to flourish and eventually you will fly.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
On October 10, 2015 the closest person in my life was killed in a horrific car accident. Surprisingly, the immense trauma that I suffered gave me a gift. The gift was a shift in perspective. The realization that time is our most precious asset and that every day that we are alive is a miracle. I then made a commitment that I would live a life of purpose and gratitude, and that I would never take another moment for granted. It ignited a hunger in me like never before. A hunger to be of service to others, to connect on a human and emotional level and to create a movement with Beautiful Disaster.
Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
One of the biggest mistakes I made in the very beginning was not committing 100%. I was scared, I was fearful of the risk. It took me a few years to jump in with both feet and as soon as I did everything changed for the better. I regret that I let fear slow me down but looking back I can see that I still had lessons to learn.
When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?
Relatability, Connection & Support. The women in the Beautiful Disaster tribe can relate to the traumas and triumphs, to the pain and healing, to the struggle and successes.
Beautiful Disaster is a sisterhood, we are a tribe of women who have been through hell and back and we have created a safe place for women to find confidence hanging in their closet.
We are proud to connect on a deeper, more personal level with like-minded women. Together we are more powerful and that has a massive impact on the world around us.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Gary Vaynerchuk. When I was stuck in the fear of jumping into my passion with both feet, I sent him an email about the mental and emotional struggle that I had. I shared with him what I really wanted to be doing and that I was afraid to leave the safety of a full-time job with benefits.
I will never forget the day he actually replied to me and in one word he gave me everything I needed to hear.
His one word was… “Quit”. And I did. I left the job and dove in headfirst to fulfill my true passion. I will be eternal grateful for that simple and profound email that forever changed the course of my life.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
I feel that we are well on our way with Beautiful Disaster. Our movement is about acceptance and transformation and we do that with every fiber of our clothing. We are working on the Beautiful Disaster Foundation which will be a non-profit sector of our business where we can help our tribe members in an even bigger way. You’ll have to stay tuned for that!
What is your “3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?
1. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it. I wish I grasped the concept of taking the risk and being comfortable eating dirt.
2. Other people’s opinions don’t matter. I spent way too much time worrying about what other people thought about my decisions instead of investing that time and energy into my dream.
3. Patience. Only now do I understand that being patient is everything. It took us 12 years to finally start to see the growth of our brand and the immense deep connection within our tribe.
Do you have a “girl-crush” in this industry? If you could take one person to brunch, who would it be?
Pink. She is a powerhouse and incredible leader in the world of women. She is unapologetically herself which is so rare and exactly what we need more of. The Beautiful Disaster Tribe has been asking her to be a Chief of our tribe for over a decade.
Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?
Mental Health for sure. Specifically, self-acceptance. We spend too much feeling shame and guilt. We feel that we are the only ones going through something and we must use our voices for power, share our stories and relate with others so we can break down the barriers. We are ALL Perfectly Imperfect.
Find Christina on Instagram @beautifuldisasterclothing and on their website http://bdrocks.com
About the author:
Fab Giovanetti is a business mentor, published author, influencer-specialist, best known as the founder of the Health Bloggers Community and co-founder of the Register of Health and Wellness Influencers.
Serial start-up founder and professional troublemaker, she is obsessed with avocados and helping people making an impact in health and wellness. Sounds like you? Get daily tips on how to grow your influence via the HBC magazine.