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Carré Otis has long been one of the most recognizable faces in the modeling industry. A native of Northern California, she first achieved fame when she appeared on the cover of Elle (France) in April 1986. Over the next few years, she became an extraordinarily successful supermodel, headlining campaigns for Guess, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, and Revlon. Carré has appeared on the covers of Vogue (USA, France, Great Britain, Italy); Harper’s Bazaar; Glamour; and Cosmopolitan.
Carré has long been open about her past battle with eating disorders. Graced with years of recovery as a result of intense spiritual and personal work, Carré is committed to speaking out about the pressures that so often overwhelm young women in and out of the modeling industry. She has traveled around the world and appeared on many nationally televised programs, offering her unique insight into the business of beauty, and the high price that business demands.
Carré’s memoir, Beauty Disrupted, was released in 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers. She has contributed to Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, Elephant Journal, Patheos, The Conversation and Vogue Australia , and is passionate about the dangerous impact subversive media-messaging has on our culture-especially our young women-but also enjoys writing on topics related to health, nutrition, yoga, relationships, sexual intimacy, mind-body connection, and spirituality. Carré grew increasingly concerned about unfair labor practices and poor working conditions in the modeling industry and has become an advocate for young women in and out of the industry. She’s on the Advisory Board of the Model Alliance, a non-profit industry group working to establish fair labor standards for models in the U.S., as well as a long time Ambassador for National Eating Disorders Association. Her strong commitment to helping others reclaim physical and emotional health, develop positive body image--fulfill and empower themselves in allareas of their lives--is what makes her a powerful and inspiring voice for change in the world today.
In December of 2013 she gave her first Ted Talk in San Francisco where she addressed several themes related to her activism. In 2006 Carré married Matthew Sutton, an Environmental Business leader. They have two daughters, Jade and Kaya, and reside in Boulder, Colorado.
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MICHELE GOFFIN 2019
Michele has been living in Los Angeles for almost twenty years. She is passionate about women’s causes because women - across all ethnicities and religions - are the most discriminated class. As mothers, aunts, wives/partners, nurturers and hard workers, they have fought for equality regarding voting rights, education, pay, marriage, job advancement, their bodies and recognition. When a woman is abused, she is degraded and made to fear for her own well being and that of her family. She cannot live to her full potential and be a vibrant contributor to her family and society.
Michele is working with Knock Out Abuse to overcome these barriers. She strives for all victims of abuse to find shelter and support, and to discover the possibilities of becoming themselves again. When Michele was an investment banker in a well known bank, she dealt with abuse - sexual harassment. "I dealt with it myself by chastising the men. I should have been more vocal to bring greater awareness but I was concerned it might reflect poorly on me and it wouldn't change anything. I want to help women - especially those victims of domestic violence - to know that it is not okay and that there are alternatives. That is why the efforts of Knock Out Abuse matter to me. By helping to raise awareness and thus raise funding for shelters, we help change individual lives."
Please join us to support and help Knock out Abuse one step at a time.
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