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A Father’s Perspective on TRUE Beauty

January 22nd, 2015 — 6:43pm


With Four Daughters & His Gorgeous Wife, Joe Is Outnumbered in The Gumm Household

With Four Daughters & His Gorgeous Wife, Joe Is Outnumbered in The Gumm Household


Every morning we play a fun game in our house called, Who Will Cry First? It begins around 6:45 when my four daughters get out of bed. The winner is usually upset because she has to get out of bed, but the crying intensifies when she canʼt find a bow that matches her favorite pair of tights, leggings or skinny jeans. Itʼs the exact same routine at night. When I want to hear high-pitched squealing, I either turn on a Mariah Carey song or tell my girls to go to bed. Itʼs Planet Estrogen and me and our neutered dog (Gus) are the minority. Weʼre overrun by five females (and our female dog Glamour) with bright colored bows, sweet-smelling lotions, fake rhinestone jewelry from Claireʼs, and lots of spontaneous crying.

Itʼs fun being a father of four daughters! Itʼs a huge responsibility God has given me as their protector and provider. Their mom and I love them with all of our hearts, but with that love, thereʼs also discipline and correction. Some days, that might mean Iʼm not their best friend…and Iʼm okay with that. When the ages range from 13 to 5, the scenario of issues vary with topics like how high the skirt can be, to not being able to find Barbieʼs left heel. In every situation, we do our best to teach some sort of lesson (taking care of what we have and not allowing the dog to chew it up was the lesson of Barbieʼs left shoe).

Now, when Iʼm not at home, I work in media. Iʼve been a news anchor on TV, an actor, a sports anchor on radio and TV, a model, a director and even a published author. My daughters have seen (firsthand) the good, the bad and the ugly of what it means to be in the spotlight. In fact, there are plenty of lessons Iʼve learned and have passed on to them regarding real life tragedy and triumph, both on the air and off. One of the greatest examples they witness is when they watch beauty pageants with their grandmother. My daughters havenʼt been involved in pageants, but they certainly pretend enough and know what it takes to become Miss_____________(fill in the blank). To some people, beauty pageants might be just that…a competition to decide whoʼs more beautiful than the rest. However, my wife and I know better-we have several friends who have competed. The life lesson here is that there is also preparation, perseverance, hard work, dealing with losing and winning, talent, personality, financial cost and most important, an intelligence factor (answering questions from the judges can be tough).

My daughters might not ever compete in beauty pageants, but they will most definitely understand that true beauty is not just about applying makeup and donning a crown. True beauty can be found in volunteering to help others who are less fortunate. Itʼs also found in using their God-given talents and not burying them. Itʼs earning a degree, respecting and loving others, accomplishing goals in life, starting a business and eventually one day, getting married and becoming a mother.

~Joe Gumm

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What Re’Chelle Gained By Becoming 48 Pounds Lighter & 6 Dress Sizes Smaller

January 19th, 2015 — 11:37am


ReChelles Before & After

Re'Chelle's Before & After



Every year my family and I would watch Miss USA; I loved seeing all of the beautiful girls compete for the title of Miss USA and Miss Universe. I always told myself I would be on that stage one day and that I would not stop until I got there. In May of 2014 I decided to compete for the title of Miss Alabama USA 2015.  Being a previous contestant the year before I knew I had a lot of work to do to improve in every phase of competition. My mother has been my backbone throughout my entire journey. I had my dream gown in mind and luckily since my mother is a seamstress, she was able to make my evening gown for me! It was everything I wanted and more. She also designed and created my opening number dress for the pageant. She is the most amazing woman I know!

I was so thankful to have Tara and Cristina along the way helping and coaching me for the pageant!  From interview, to wardrobe they helped me at every turn. Day or night, phone call, text or Skype, the Sashes & Crowns girls were always there for me. They helped me in so many ways and prepared me for the pageant and obstacles in life.

My biggest accomplishment during my journey was gaining a healthy lifestyle. Competing the year before, I wanted to become more physically fit and look more confident on-stage! I had tried every diet in the book; none of them worked. Finally, I decided to buckle down and choose healthier food options and work-out every day no matter what. It was not easy at first, but with hard work and determination, I became 48 pounds lighter, 6 dress sizes smaller and lost 8 and 1/2 inches off my waist! Standing on stage in swimsuit was the best feeling in the world because I knew I had worked hard! Although I didn’t win the pageant, I was overwhelmed by the love and support I received. Tons of people reached out to me and told me I was their motivation; that gave me a great sense of accomplishment!
Here’s the lesson I learned: No matter your size, height or weight, you can achieve anything you want!

~ Re’Chelle Turner



Her Mother Custom Made Her Gown

Her Mother Custom Made Her Gown




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