NEW YORK Coty's beauty brand, Sally Hansen, and Glamour magazine have announced the winners of the 10th annual "Best of You" contest, which honors women for their efforts to make a difference in their communities and around the world.
This year's "Best of You" contest, which was announced in Glamour's October 2009 issue, invited women to write an essay about how they use the best of themselves to bring out the best in others. Nominees were judged on their inspirational qualities and by the scope of their accomplishments.
Glamour readers helped select this year's winners by voting on the magazine's Glamalert microsite. For each vote Glamour donated $1 to Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei (DKMS), the world's largest bone marrow donor center committed to the fight against leukemia. In 2006 Coty Inc. joined DKMS in the fight against leukemia by establishing the Coty-DKMS Linked Against Leukemia partnership. The event raised $5,000 in support of Coty-DKMS Linked Against Leukemia.
Each winner received an all-expenses paid trip to New York City. Sally Hansen presented each woman with a $1,000 check to be donated to the charity of her choice. In addition, they were each given a full-service Glamour makeover, and were professionally photographed for a Sally Hansen ad portfolio to run in the September 2010 issue of Glamour. The 2009 "Best of You" grand-prize winners are:
- Cynthia Billingslea, Los Angeles, to benefit Hey Girlfriend Network. Cynthia Billingslea's personal slogan is: "be the positive change you want to see in others." To prove it she started the Hey Girlfriend Network, which encourages women to be a positive force in their communities. Cynthia believes that if everyone did just one thing to make his or her local community a better place, it could truly change the world.
- Michelle Chira-Carlton, Orlando, Fla., to benefit Foundation for Foster Children. Most foster families receive only $12 per day to raise a child. To help supplement the lack of funding, Michelle Chira-Carlton created the Foundation for Foster Children, an organization that provides free tutoring, extra curricular activities, fund-raising and much more to foster children.
- Jennifer Culverhouse, Lake Jackson, Texas, to benefit BrightPoint for Children. Jennifer and her husband, Jason, take numerous trips throughout the year to Kenya, where they aid in projects such as pouring cement floors, delivering shoes to needy children and teaching school-age kids. In addition to this charity work, Jennifer, a salon owner, has created and teaches at a hair academy for Cambodian women.
- Dallas Woodburn, Ventura, Calif., to benefit Write On! For Literacy. By the time Dallas reached fifth grade, she was a published author. She has made it her life's work to give kids a brighter future by instilling in them a love of reading and learning. Dallas created Write On! For Literacy to encourage kids to discover the joys of reading and writing. Since its inception in 2001, Write On! For Literacy?s holiday book drives have collected and distributed more than 10,000 books to underprivileged youth.