The Beautiful Mile is Redefining the Standard of Beauty

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Last weekend in Atlanta, kicked of the inaugural 2k walk event The Beautiful Mile. Women from all walks of life lined Atlanta’s Historic Old Fourth Ward Park near Ponce City Market to redefine the negative beauty standards the media tries to impose on us.

The Beautiful Mile event helps to raise awareness about the harmful messaging of beauty standards on women across the globe. The walk seeks to emphasize self-esteem and character building in women pursuing validation through social media and mainstream guidelines of beauty.

Founder Adre Orie, Talking with Tammi & Coucilman Kwanza Hall

Founder, Ardre Orie, created The Beautiful Mile with the intent to uplift women that are seeking to find their inner strength which is a true reflection of beauty. Orie is the author of Consciously Beautiful: I Am Enough (2014) and A Heroine in Heels (2015).

She is the writer and director of theatrical productions Lipstick Monologues and The Heart of a Man; and film director of the documentary I Am Consciously Beautiful.

Orie’s work sheds light on the experiences of women while closely examining the effects of mainstream media and societal norms that have traditionally defined beauty and skewed self-worth in women.

This event was so positive and uplifting. SweetCandor TV caught up with the founder Ardre Orie to find out what her inspiration behind this amazing event was.

“I had been in search of an innovative way to take the message of self-love to more audiences. One of my team members suggested that I do a walk. At first I want fond of the idea at all. I was afraid of the magnitude. After much prayer, I came up with the name The Beautiful Mile as I believe that every segment of our lives represents a journey towards recognizing our worth,” said Orie.
What inspires you to feel beautiful?
“I my inspired to love myself because of the 3 ladies in my life. My mother has always made me feel like I could do anything. No matter how big the idea is, she maintains that confidence is the only way to reach my goals. My daughters make me so aware of how I speak about myself and how I treat myself because I know that they are watching. I will always believe that my greatest gift to the world will be a legacy of women and girls who recognize that their worth is powerful enough to change the world,” Orie said.
The outdoor event featured exhibitors from local businesses, celebrity guest appearances from American Idol singer Tayanna, Talking with Tami and councilman Kwanza Hall came to show their support. There was an amazing panel of women, moderated by Danielle Jackson, with Tia Becca, Koereyelle Dubose, Andromeda Raheem, Melva Robertson,  Coach Brittney and actress Navia Robinson.
The walk started on the East side Trail of the Belt line and finished in the Historic Old Fourth Ward Park.  Walk participants receive a T-shirt and park entry. All walk participants and supporters are invited back to the park’s Amphitheater for an award ceremony, live performances, and special giveaways.

Return of the Lady

Host

Councilmen Kwanza Hall and his beautiful wife Natalie Hall, which was also one of the honorees

Ardre says she is  currently researching new cities and has had requests to bring The Beautiful Mile to various locations. “We have our sights on Chicago this summer,” said Ore.

The Beautiful Mile will be filmed for her upcoming documentary entitled, #TheBeautifulMile.

Visit, TheBeautifulMile.com, for more information, park maps, ticket purchase, sponsor and vendor information. To join the conversation follow @IamArdreOrie and hashtag #TheBeautifulMile on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Starling

Starling is a freelance writer, photographer and director. Her utopia is a world where the food is not genetically modified, the government tells the truth and where the police actually protect us. When she is not fiercely typing away at her computer you can find her on set behind a camera being bossy and telling someone what to do or on Youtube watching conspiracy videos for hours. Her work can be seen in various magazines and she has been spotlighted as a powerful writer by the NABFEME Atlanta organization. She adores Maya Angelou and says Zora Neal Hurston taught her how to write.

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