Take care of yourself…and then accept
yourself. That's the message of Sehin Belew, a former Miss Ethiopia who has
been living in the United States for the past couple of decades. She works as
an image consultant, giving advice on beauty, health and fashion. Her new book, Fabulous
for Less, is about her philosophy on fashion and health.
Sehin encourages women to make the most of what they
have. "Health is very important," she says adding, "People should be mindful of
their bodies and take time to exercise." She warns that beauty does not mean
that you are thin but rather that you "have the right attitude." She also says people should be "savvy" in the way they care
for their skin.
Sehin warns that people should be careful of appearance
because "sometimes we are judged by the way we look." She says one's appearance
could have an impact on one's professional life. But
she adds that good fashion sense doesn't always mean having to pay a lot for
encourages people to look at the ingredients in the "lotions and powders you
use on your body…." "Find out ," she says, "what products contain toxic
ingredients and how to replace them with pure, natural ones."
Sehin is also a former professional model
and humanitarian who spent years raising awareness about hunger in Ethiopia.
She continues to speak about such issues as poverty and women's rights in
Africa. She now lives in northern California, where her business is based