Beautiful Cindy Joseph passed away last week. Cindy was an inspiration to women everywhere. She was more than a super-model. She represented the healthy lifestyle choices of female Baby Boomers around the world. Not much has been publicized about this, but she lost a private battle with cancer.
Cindy and I went to high school together. She was Cindy Miller then. I reconnected with her in later years, and in 2013, and she was planning to take a train into NYC to meet up while I was visiting there. But she was in a whirlwind planning her wedding and “pre-wedding honeymoon” trip at the time, and we had to cancel.At the age of 49, Cindy was approached on the street by a casting agent to model for Dolce and Gabbana, igniting her modeling career with Ford Models, and her face has been used in beauty campaigns for Garnier, Olay, Elizabeth Arden, Aveda… She has modeled for Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Target, Ann Taylor, Liz Claiborne, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Chico’s… She has graced covers of magazines, Oprah, More, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Marie Clair and more.
In her senior year of high school, Cindy chose to throw out all her makeup in rebellion to what she thought was society’s dictate to superficial beauty. “Then I started thinking about humankind and how we’ve been decorating our bodies from day one — with piercing and scarring and tattoos and braiding — and we have been playing dress-up for a very, very long time. So when people say it’s not natural, I think it’s very natural. However, the motivation behind what we’re doing has changed — at least in Western society — and it’s about fixing something that’s wrong, rather than celebrating what we already are and have. We’re doing it to try to fix flaws and conceal things, and that’s the part I don’t agree with.”
Many may know she founded “Boom! by Cindy Joseph”. I love her “BOOMSTICK COLOR” and use it all the time!!
✴️MORE WISDOM FROM CINDY:
“We live in a pain-oriented society. In a nutshell, that means we relate with each other over pain. We can complain to our neighbors, friends, or strangers about how horrible the weather is or our health is, then they jump in and start complaining too, and the conversation goes on forever. If you talk to someone about your success or how well life is going, they might say, “Oh, that’s great.” But if you go on for very long, they become suspicious, like, why are they telling me this, are they bragging? What’s going on?
“Another example is how, if you have a job and you’re working and your mother dies, it’s “take the week off, no problem.” You got stuck in traffic and have a flat tire? No problem. Sick? No problem. But if you said, “This is the first sunny day we’ve had in three months, and I’m going to the beach,” they’d be like, “Well don’t bother coming back.” The more [I realized this] the more I was like, “Wow.”
“My whole life I felt like I wasn’t disciplined enough, focused enough, wasn’t enough like a guy. And when [someone told me] “You are pleasure-oriented,” I felt like the shackles had been cut free… Women bring the party to the table — we bring the joy, the fun, and men respond to it… So I decided I was going to start living my life according to pleasure… you have to really tune in, slow down, and pay attention to what feels good… I started taking better care of myself — taking bubble baths, paying attention to what I was eating. Instead of racing through the day with all these goals, I stopped to smell the roses.”
“A partner is an add-on to a completely fulfilled life. I didn’t marry Bruce to feel complete – I was complete and whole and happy and dancing through life, and I thought that he would be a fun guy to share it with.”
RIP Cindy. I am so sorry you left us way too soon.
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