Urban Charm School Head Provides a "Pocketbook for Success" for Today's Teens in New Book, "The DivaGirl's Guide to Style and Self-Respect"

Top Quote From coast to coast, it's no wonder why urban girls are in a state of crisis: Teenage mothers are the latest stars of MTV, and female flash-mob robbers are a hit on YouTube. 
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  • Philadelphia, PA-NJ (1888PressRelease) December 01, 2011 - But what happens when the camera crews are off chasing the next sensational craze? Many teen girls will be left alone, out of the spotlight, struggling to find their way from adolescence to adulthood. 

    High school dropout rates range from 40% to 50% for urban teen girls 

    Girl-on-girl violence is on the rise, accounting for 1 in 4 violent episodes

    Sexually transmitted diseases have reached epidemic levels among urban teen girls

    What happens when these girls realize that their 15 minutes of fame and poor decision-making could lead to a lifetime of consequences? 

    Help is on the way. We've got "your pocketbook to success" with "The DivaGirl's Guide to Style and Self-Respect" by Cheryl Ann Wadlington with Sonya Beard, coming in March 2012 from The Elevator Group.

    Over many years of operating her popular modeling seminars, self-image workshops and urban charm school, Evoluer House in Philadelphia, Wadlington has talked to-and listened to-thousands of girls. She knows their interests and struggles; she understands where they're coming from and where they're going. She's that big sister who believes in them and says, "You can make it!"

    This hands-on guide advises girls on fashion tips and beauty secrets, playing nice with friends and keeping guys in check, and how to handle herself in cyberspace and in the real world-all while keeping her cool points.

    It also addresses more serious issues that affect her self-esteem and her ability to succeed. This book isn't full of random "shoulds" to memorize. It explains all the "whys," so today's girl can make wise decisions.

    About the Authors: Cheryl Ann Wadlington is one of the nation's premiere fashion and beauty journalists and a leading consultant in the field of personal growth. An accomplished writer, television personality and sought-after motivational speaker, she has reached millions through publications such as "Self," "Essence," "Life & Style," and "The Philadelphia Daily News." She founded Evoluer Image Consultants (www.evoluerconsultants.com), an award-winning full-service agency in Philadelphia that provides clients with extensive makeovers, personal shopping and wardrobe management. She also operates the nonprofit organization, The Evoluer House (www.evoluerhouse.org), which has graduated more than 700 socio-economically challenged girls from this highly successful personal development program. Cheryl majored in advertising and communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Fashion Merchandising at Bauder Fashion College. She also served on the faculty of the Temple University School of Communications and the advisory board of Cheyney University's Fashion Merchandising program.

    Sonya Beard, a nationally award-winning journalist, spent more than five years at "In Style," the international fashion magazine at Time Inc. She served as a media consultant for Kulture2Couture, a fashion initiative by the Mayor's Office of London. And she's been a freelance book editor who's worked on beauty and fashion titles, including "Soul Style: Black Women Redefining the Color of Fashion" and "Black Hair: Art, Style and Culture." The Temple University graduate is based in Seoul, where she is a contributing writer for "Seoul" magazine and an expat correspondent for "The Korea Herald."


    "I applaud this precious book. Thank God for Cheryl Ann Wadlington!"
-Cornel West, Ph.D., Princeton professor and cultural critic

    "The DivaGirl's Guide" is the perfect antidote: a blueprint for girls to negotiate the difficult journey into adulthood with a sense of dignity, grace and style." 

    -Jason King, Ph.D., Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, New York University

    Publisher: The Elevator Group
    Available: March 2012. Category: Young Adult/Teen
    $12.95. ISBN: 978-0982494578. 275 pages. Also available as an ebook.

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