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Bridging the Gap Campaign | Meet Nancy C. Donahue

Nancy C. Donahue and I are collaborating together to support the “Bridging the Gap” campaign pioneered by the remarkable Catherine Grace O’Connell. This extraordinary campaign brings together women who are Millennials (or in my case Gen X) and pairs them with women from the “Fierce Over 50” generation to show the world that age is just a number!

Bridging the Gap Campaign | Meet Nancy C. Donahue

Photographer: Patrice Casanova

Age Is Just A Number 

As women we are all united with the same purpose and passion in the fashion and beauty industry to be recognized as one. There are too many instances in business, pop culture, and life that women are separated and categorized into boxes that fit their numerical age.

Bridging the Gap Campaign | Meet Nancy C. Donahue

Our contemporary and retail-driven culture seems to pigeon-hole us into carefully curated demographics allowing advertising and marketing efforts to drive a wedge between women. This can create an environment of unfriendly competition, jealously, and even “age”shaming.

Case in point, when the amazing Jane Fonda, 79, sported a chic high ponytail at the Emmys Red Carpet this year, some women expressed negatively that “she is too old to wear her hair like that” and it is a “horrible idea!” I don’t agree with this opinion at all. Our age does not define us as women.  Beauty and style transcends any stage in our life and that we as women should celebrate one another!

Bridging the Gap Campaign | Meet Nancy C. Donahue

September 2017 issue of Flaunt magazine.

Bridging The Gap 

I am so excited to be a part of the “Bridging the Gap” campaign and to be partnering up with such an remarkable woman — Nancy C. Donahue!  She is a mother, former fashion model, and business entrepreneur. In the late 70s, Nancy was featured in many fashion magazines such as Vogue, Bazaar, Self and Mademoiselle to name a few. She modeled professionally for two decades — her beauty and poise continues to shine and inspire women!

Currently, she is the managing partner for BelleCore which is an innovative beauty device used by both women and men for beauty and wellness, recovery therapies, and fitness pre and post performance recovery treatments.

Nancy is so inspiring to me! She manages her family, businesses, and personal life with such grace, precision, and authenticity. I love her approach to life, her core values, and her ambition. I am excited to share with you more about Nancy’s world with a series of Q & A’s. We talk about fashion, beauty, business, family, and this great campaign!

You will clearly see that she takes the cake for “Fierce Over 50!”

Bridging the Gap Campaign | Meet Nancy C. Donahue

September 2017 issue of Flaunt magazine.

Let’s Celebrate Nancy C. Donahue: Qs and As

DEBBIE: How has your styled evolved over the years?

NANCY: When I started modeling back in the day, I was a jean and t-shirt gal with bits of high end accessories. When I became an entrepreneur, I had to wear high-end dresses as I was doing trainings at Neiman Marcus, Harrods, and Bloomingdale’s. I have sold all of those clothes and I am now back to jeans, t-shirts, and high-end accessories. I love shoes, belts and earrings!

DEBBIE: Juggling business and personal life can be a struggle.  How do you care for yourself in the midst of it?

NANCY: This is a very important for me on so many levels. Caring for yourself is key. I always book my day around exercise, which comes first and foremost. It is very important as a working woman to feel clear headed, fit and ready for your day. I have done this for over 30 years.

DEBBIE: Where do you get your entrepreneurial spirit? In what ways do you foster this energy?

NANCY: I believe I have always been an entrepreneur and this started when I was first discovered as a model. I was able to pick and choose my own jobs and make very good money. So, going forward, working as a chef, personal trainer, and fitness director, I also could book my time and hours around my home life and raising my son. It takes drive, motivation and tenacity to be an entrepreneur and this was instilled in me by my father, my mentor who passed two years ago. He always believed in me and my current endeavor and was so supportive. As for the energy, I have way too much which comes from my mother.

 

DEBBIE: How do you effectively manage business and motherhood?

NANCY: This is very difficult and always has been. My son is now 29 and I hope I did a good job. As I was a single mother, I wasn’t able to attend all his school plays and functions because I was working. But, my mom was never able to attend my things as I am one of eleven children and I am doing OK. I think mothers are too hard on themselves. They can’t be everywhere and work at the same time.

DEBBIE: How do you celebrate your beauty?

NANCY: I think I celebrate my beauty by being fit, taking care of my skin and eating healthy. Yes, I see the wrinkles, the sagging skin and loss of muscle tone but there is nothing you can do! It is life, it is aging and by embracing these things, you celebrate your beauty!

Bridging the Gap Campaign | Meet Nancy C. Donahue

Photographer: Patrice Casanova

DEBBIE: Why did you want to be a part of the “Bridging the Gap” campaign?

NANCY: I actually love this project because I do not have many “friends” who are your age and I love to hear their point of view on life, politics, fashion, dating, and being a mother now. It is much different than when I was your age. I love people and I embrace the chance to meet new people.

Bridging the Gap Campaign | Meet Nancy C. Donahue

The Gift of Friendship

Aren’t we all in agreement that Nancy is an exceptional human being!  I adore this woman and look forward to the chance to meeting her in person! Let’s not get lost in what the media and society tells us about age and mingling with other women only in our specific demographic.

Make an effort now to establish relationships that are multi-generational. There are so many blessings in this type of kinship. The deep likeness, efficient perspective, and the incredible wisdom are many rewards to be found in multi-generational friendships. Let’s encourage one another and cheer each other on in our journey called life!

Bridging the Gap Campaign | Meet Nancy C. Donahue

There is such a power in connection! Bridge that gap and connect with women outside of your circle.  Open your ears and heart to what they have to say. Be an active listener. Learn to listen more than talk. Lead with love and open your arms to all women…young and old. Embrace sisterhood. Bridge the Gap!

38 Comments

  1. Jessica Hughes
    October 17, 2017 / 8:38 am

    This is such an awesome campaign and I really enjoyed about Nancy. She truly is “fierce over 50” and I firmly believe that age is just a number!

  2. October 17, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    OH goodness I love all her photos. Bridging that gap is so important. It’s good to know how amazing and strong we can be no matter what age.

  3. October 17, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love this. I have always had friends who are older than me and deeply value those relationships…they’re so rich. Nancy is beaaaautiful and such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing. xoxo

  4. Jack Jaleby
    October 17, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    This is a perfect example of attitude !! No more comments 🙂

  5. October 17, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    Love this and love her! I 100% agree that age is nothing more than a number…and just maybe the beauty industry and media will slow come around to that idea..Thanks for sharing…

  6. October 17, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    This is amazing!!! I love this idea on bridging the gap! I love connecting with fabulous women that are older than me they always have great insight on life and they’re so much fun! Her photos are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    Xo, Steph

  7. Ashley Hargrove
    October 17, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    What an amazing collaboration!! I always love connecting with women of all ages but some of my best friends are women 20+ years older than me.

  8. Candace
    October 17, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    I’ve always lived by the motto age is just a number. Being older doesn’t define who you are and what you can or have accomplished in life. This shows that women of any age can bridge the gap between the younger generation!

  9. Frankland Jason
    October 17, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    Awesome dresses, i haven’t really heard about nancy i don’t maybe i’m not opened xp :)) but i know her. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Tanya Finks
    October 18, 2017 / 6:01 am

    It’s such great advice to foster multi-generational relationships. I work in a corporate environment during the day, and there, generations collide! Whether it’s me trying to understand where someone is coming from, or trying to help someone understand how they navigate the environment as they age, it’s true we all have so much to learn from one another.

  11. October 18, 2017 / 6:19 am

    What a fabulous campaign to be a part of. Nancy is a wonderful inspiration!

  12. Morgan Shaw
    October 18, 2017 / 8:47 am

    You are both very fashionable women! I love the layout of your blog to and how easy it is for people to pin photos! It is great to have friends from all ages and background to gain an insight on culture and a deeper meaning of life , really enjoyed this post x

  13. Dawn Wairimu
    October 18, 2017 / 10:33 am

    woahhh. i can’t argue here… age REALLY is just a number! she is gorgeous.

  14. Jessica Bradshaw
    October 18, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Gorgeous. Y’all are both simply stunning. I loved reading this interview and seeing the blast from the past photos. <3

  15. Maggie Tate
    October 18, 2017 / 11:27 am

    What a great campaign!! Those photos are amazing!

  16. Brandi Crawford
    October 18, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    This sounds like an awesome campaign. I love this idea. And what great photos!

  17. Melissa Chee
    October 18, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    This awesome! How cool. 🙂 Love the concept

  18. Emily Soto
    October 19, 2017 / 5:30 am

    This is such a great post! You are both beautiful and very inspiring!

    Emily
    withstyleandgrace.net

  19. October 19, 2017 / 9:06 am

    How awesome! I was just reading about this campaign on another of my fave blogger’s sites! It was so great to get to know more about Nancy and the Bridging the Gap campaign! So amazing!

  20. Kristen
    October 19, 2017 / 10:58 am

    Such a great campaign and what a fun way to meet blogger babes you might never otherwise come across!!

    xoxo, Kristen
    http://www.theglamorousgal.com

  21. Fash-n-Curious
    October 19, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    So cool to get to know more about Nancy!… She seems so fierce. This was awesome. http://fash-n-curious.com/

  22. October 21, 2017 / 9:38 am

    What a great campaign. She is so beautiful, talented and such a boss. What an honor to meet a woman with such great success and drive. I love this initiative!

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

  23. Blair Villanueva
    October 23, 2017 / 1:40 am

    This is relatable 95% of my friends are 10 to 15 years older than me 😀
    I like it because they are smart and wise, and I learned a lot from them.
    This is a good collaborations.

  24. Angelle Marix
    October 23, 2017 / 11:36 am

    This is such a beautiful post!!!!!!!! And, i Love “Age does not define us as women”!! So good and so true.

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

  25. sandyalamode
    October 24, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this! Nancy is such an inspiration – saving this to share with my friends!

  26. Len Dela Peña Parent
    October 24, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Awesome blog post! She absolutely look incredible at 50! Nancy is an inspiration! Thanks for sharing it, Deb! You are beautiful as well!
    Have a wonderful night!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

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