Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us more about your book “Wacky Jacky: The True Story of an Unlikely Beauty Queen”. Your true to life experience won the prestigious Mom’s Choice award and the Children’s Literary Classics?
Ms. Jaclyn Stapp: As a child I was bullied, called names, and looked like a boy. I had knobby knees and wild crazy hair. I spoke a different language and felt I didn’t fit in with the other kids at school being multicultural eating different food or dressing different. After becoming a Mom and seeing the recent stories of all the bullying that has increased today with kids I was inspired to write a book about my childhood.
I would even hear stories from my own kids on what was going on in their schools. My book is a true story about growing up different, being multi-cultural, the importance of kindness, love and a message to kids that what makes you different make you special. Every chapter in the book is a real life story from my childhood experiences, from volunteering at the hospital my mom worked at, the school I attended and the real life first pageant I competed in and the before and after photos in the book.
When I found out I won the Mom’s Choice Award I was so incredibly happy! I knew after I wrote the book I wanted to share this message about bullying to kids all over the world. I’ve traveled and read to kids all over the world and so happy to know others can identify and relate to my story. It’s a great book for young girls and I’ve started working on book #2.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Who has been your inspiration and motivation that led you to your success in the world of modeling?
Ms. Jaclyn Stapp: I would say definitely my sweet Mom. She was very involved in my life while raising 5 kids as a single mom. She exposed me to my first pageant and invested so much time into me at a young age. As a tomboy I don’t think I would have ever pursued these things had she not believed in me and invested in me.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You launched the ‘Children Are Magical Foundation’ CHARM. This foundation is dear to your heart, tell us how you have been able to achieve and quench your thirst of giving back to the society through such endeavor of yours?
Ms. Jaclyn Stapp: I’m so incredibly proud to launch Children Are Magical Foundation (CHARM), it’s very near and dear to me, I would say it’s one of my biggest accomplishments today more than any modeling or TV job. I started Charm Foundation informally in college with just a couple of friends. As a child I grew up volunteering and was always taught by my mom at an early age to give back to our community.
She taught me volunteering is the ultimate expression of human relationships. I’m so passionate about children and I realized children don’t always have a voice. I found out about the poverty rates of children in my own community and it really opened my eyes. I wanted to use my experience and resources to do something more meaningful and creating my children’s charity has been most fulfilling for me and my family. At the end of the day I reflected on my own life and realized how blessed I was to have my family, my health and a roof over my head.
In life we all get busy and caught up in the small things & it’s so easy to forget about the thousands of children that can’t celebrate a birthday, a holiday or have a hot meal. This put so much into perspective for me & what life is really all about and what really fulfilled me at the end of the day. We are gearing up for our 1st annual Thanks giving Food Drive feeding families in need and our 1st annual Christmas Holiday Toy Drive. The days of modeling and pageantry were so fun and exciting, I loved it but today they are a hobby for me. My family and my charity are my # 1 priority. You can learn more about CHARM at www.childrenaremagical.org.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What you wish to say about the website Womenfitness.net and message for its visitors?
Ms. Jaclyn Stapp: The site is very insightful and resourceful. I love that womenfitness.net is a one stop shop for women’s needs from A to Z. Today women are busier than ever and to be able to have this info in one place no matter where you live in the world is great. Women need online communities to learn, share and read other stories from other women. I love the site! It provides valuable info to all women.
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