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SEASON 4 | EPISODE 84 | 29 APRIL 2024

Unpretty: The Power of Embracing Yourself

Today, I explore the timeless message of TLC’s “Unpretty.” Reflecting on my own struggles with self-image, I delve into the societal pressures women face and the quest for self-acceptance in today’s image-driven culture.

Through introspection, I navigate the complexities of self-doubt and the impact of social media on self-worth.

I also share my own journey towards self-compassion and encourage listeners to embrace their inherent beauty. With a message of hope and solidarity, she highlights the transformative power of music in fostering healing and empowerment.

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A BIT ABOUT

BILLY COLE

At the age of 17 I went to The University of New York at Morrisville where I studied musical Instrument repair. With diploma in hand, I applied for work but found that no music store wanted to hire me. So, I opened my own shop “Cole’s Woodwind and Brass” Soon after I married my high school sweetheart Mary Alice. through many serendipitous twists and turns, we raised our family with our little music shop. Today, after 45 years of working on horns, I reflect back with great appreciation for a life that has given so much. In an effort to give back I travelled to the impoverished nation of Haiti in 2016 to teach instrument repair. After returning several times, I founded Horns for Haiti Inc. in 2020, an organization that teaches band instrument repair and how to start your own music business. To date, we’ve trained dozens of musicians and music teachers how to repair and started two businesses. Billy Shop D’Haiti, Musical Instrument Repair and the Haitian Music Supply Company.

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0:00:00 – Introduction to TLC’s “Unpretty” song and its impact on self-esteem, beauty standards, and gender roles.

0:06:11 – Societal pressure on women’s beauty and self-esteem, including my own personal struggles

0:11:45 – Self-esteem and body image in women, particularly in midlife.

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