Atlantan Lisa Fennessy is on a mission to inspire women to be their best selves through clean, better beauty and lifestyle tips on This Organic Girl (thisorganicgirl.com).
What led you to become a nontoxic advocate?
At 4 weeks old, my son developed a mild case of eczema. The doctors prescribed a steroid cream that ended up bleaching his skin. Eighteen months later, I discovered that his eczema was a symptom of a dairy intolerance. This essentially propelled me to launch This Organic Girl and become an advocate for better beauty and conscious living.
Why do you think there’s been such a trend in organic and clean beauty in the last few years?
I think the push for organic food has prompted people to ask, ‘What’s in my beauty products?’ When people know better, they want to do better. You’ve got a great look with your hair. What made you decide to go fully gray? I saw this woman at a bar with gorgeous silver hair and thought, ‘Maybe I could go gray?’ Then I got support from TOG readers, my husband and people on the street, which encouraged me to keep going. It’s almost like seeing other women my age going gray gave me permission to go gray too.
What does aging gracefully mean to you? How can women do it in a clean way?
Grace lives inside of us. It’s an energy we exchange with the world. I think women who feel good about themselves are a light for others. Do things that support that light—and maintain perspective. It’s not the things you do once in a while that drive impact, it’s the things you do every day. Filter your water. Eat whole foods. Make informed choices about what you are putting in and on your body.
What does being well, or wellness, mean to you?
Right now, it means taking the time to ask myself the hard questions and listening for the answers. I tend to push it all down and box it up when things get uncomfortable. But I find that big things happen in the uncomfortable, so I am committed to getting curious there.
Photography by: PHOTO BY JENN PIERCE, MONKEY SQUIRREL PHOTOGRAPHY