Thank you for being a part of our power issue dedicated to survivors of cancer and domestic violence.
MISS NO: Can you tell our readers a little about yourself?
SHAWNIE: I’m JeShawna, affectionately known as Shawnie. I love God, my family and my friends! I also love traveling, cooking, dancing and modeling.
MISS NO: Define being a survivor in your own words.
SHAWNIE: A survivor is someone who has a mindset of overcoming — even if their circumstance or situation looks bleak, they believe they can get through and push to do so.
MISS NO: Do you have any survivors in your family? If so, how did you help them overcome?
SHAWNIE: Yes, my mother is a survivor. She has an ongoing health concern that has rearranged her life. I can’t say if I’ve helped her overcome but I have been someone who’s been there with her from the beginning and helping in any and every way that I could.
MISS NO: What can we do more as an industry to advocate more for our cancer and for domestic violence survivors?
SHAWNIE: We can advocate for the survivors. We can also link together and band resources, safe spaces and places of refuge or help for the survivors.
MISS NO: Can you share your experience with the late Ms. Jacqueline Chase- Hudson what she meant to you?
SHAWNIE: Ms. Jackie, as we so affectionately called her, was a true beacon of light! She was as determined as a woman could ever be. She was an inspiration to all women of color as well as women within the plus community. To me, she was an extremely talented Go-Getter! In the few years that I knew her, I watched her achieve so many lifelong goals. She was a mother-figure, a leader, a confidant, and a woman of God.
MISS NO: What would you like her family to know?
SHAWNIE: That I am thankful that they were so open to sharing her with the world. She will always be missed and greatly respected!
MISS NO: Why was it so important for you to be apart of this particular issue?
SHAWNIE: I haven’t personally been affected by cancer or domestic violence, but I know many women circles who have been affected by either or both. I want to stand with them, support and encourage them; and lend a helping hand whenever I can.
MISS NO: What advice would give a young girl struggling with her self-esteem and embracing her kurves?
SHANWIE: I would say first of all, that Proverbs 31:10 tells us that a woman is more precious than rubies and we should take pride in the fact that we are so precious to God. I would also say that comparison is the thief of joy! Try not to compare yourself to others. You are unique and special because you’re you and there’s only one you!
MISS NO: What do you want your legacy to be?
SHAWNIE: I want people to know that I show love with action, not words. I want my legacy to show that I helped, served, fed and loved on others.