BlogHer ’15 was so much better than I expected. Originally going into the event, I assumed that it was just going to be a bunch of eager bloggers attempting to get the name of their blog out there. But the event was so much more than that. To start, I never thought I would be given the opportunity to take a picture with a famous model, a model that has been on the cover of over 300 magazines. I especially did not think I would ever take a picture with The Christy Turlington, who has used her fame in a much more meaningful way than simply posing in front of cameras.

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On Saturday, I had the privilege of hearing Christy Turlington speak, and because I was a BELLA intern, I got to personally meet her after her talk. Christy Turlington spoke on behalf of her non-profit Every Mother Counts, which she started in 2010. Every Mother Counts is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for all mothers, which is such an important cause for me personally. Mrs. Turlington has always been one of my role models, and I was ecstatic to see how real and admirable she truly was in person.


I also had the privilege of listening to Gwenth Paltrow and Ava DuVernay give speeches at the convention from a front row sea. They both were so poised and it was extremely intriguing to hear about their unique life experiences. I was beyond star struck. I thought that after hearing from those three women, I would be done meeting celebs. But then I continued into the expo room, where a bunch of small businesses were set up to give previews of what their companies were about. As I was walking around getting handed lots of free samples (which was awesome!), I noticed a big poster with my favorite country singer, Billy Currington. I didn’t think it was possible that he was actually at the event, but to my surprise around the corner there was a short line to meet him. My eyes popped, I couldn’t believe that I was about to meet the man behind some of my favorite country songs.


The convention was an amazing experience! I got to meet so many famous people, that if not for BELLA, I would never have met. On top of meeting some popular celebrities, I also got to learn a lot about working an event for a startup magazine. The event was not all fun and games. My arms were sore the day after from lugging magazines around all day. But it was worth it because it was extremely interesting to see how individuals responded to our magazine and exciting to hear the rave reviews. It was impressive to see how people responded when I was not sitting behind a computer screen, and I could see their actual facial expressions. Overall, BlogHer ’15 was an awesome event, and I am so glad I was given the opportunity to attend it as a BELLA intern!

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