Katherine Holtz is a mother and a successful sales manager at a big company in the Bay Area. She is someone that all of us here at The Beauty Marketplace admire and so we interviewed her about what beauty means to her.
What does beauty mean to you?
To me, there isn’t just one beauty standard, beauty stems from the inside. An example of this is a person’s morals and what they value – beauty manifests from there. The ability to be yourself, to be comfortable in your own skin, to take risks, and to be okay with going against the grain and making your own decisions even if there are against the norm is what makes a person beautiful.
Do you think women have to give up their femininity in order to be successful?
My definition of femininity encompasses physical and emotional aspects like how women dress and how soft their personality is (in terms of how emotional they are). I would say that I am pretty emotional, but I’m not girly in the sense that I don’t wear lipstick or lipgloss. I consider myself to be a self-prescribed tomboy and there are definitely more feminine women around me in the workplace. Overall, I don’t think that femininity has to be dialled up or masked in order for a woman to be successful.
What is your beauty/skincare routine?
I have freckles all year round and I love them so I try not to cover them up. I use Kate Somerville products for skincare – I have pretty much all of her products! Sunscreen is my holy grail because I am more prone to skin damage due to my freckles. As for makeup, I use Clinique products and my everyday routine is just applying a light layer of airbrush concealer, bronzer, mascara, and powder.
Are there any aspects of beauty that you see problems with?
As a mother of a little girl, I know that there’s a problem concerning the beauty standard of body shape. There was an incident at school where my daughter defended her classmate because another little girl said mean things to her with regards to body image. This is definitely due to the influence of the media today and I think that people should just work to be the best version of themselves and not have to be concerned about what others think of them. I also think that we should be all-inclusive towards people of all body shapes and sizes, skin tones, features, etc.
Who/what inspires you?
This may sound kind of strange but I’m inspired by the average person. There’s a family (2 parents and 4 daughters) that runs a farm. They were originally from the Bay Area but were courageous enough to move up north to chase their dreams. The reason why they inspire me is because they are all very down to earth and focused on giving back to others. Celebrities don’t generally inspire me but if I had to pick I would say Kristen Bell and Dax Shephard. The reason I’d choose them is that they are honest and open about the hardships their lives in the media. Often times, celebrities like to make their lives seem perfect on social media but Kristen and Dax open up about the imperfections in their lives.
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