ELLE (Canada) - - Anniversary -

Mur­phy Macdon­ald-Rea wears many hats: She is a for­mer com­pet­i­tive dancer, dance teacher, stylist and cos­tume de­signer. She’s also a men­tor to young girls, speak­ing at high schools about body pos­i­tiv­ity and self-con­fi­dence, while teach­ing her dance stu­dents to be­lieve in them­selves. She sees be­ing a role model as pay­ing it for­ward—her own dance teacher helped her through tough times when she was a teenager. “She taught me a lot about be­ing a lady,” she ad­mits. Now, she’s fol­low­ing her own ad­vice: “When you’re do­ing some­thing you’re pas­sion­ate about, it makes it eas­ier to look in the mir­ror and be happy.”

Polyester and vis­cose dress and goatskin­leather jacket (Saint Lau­rent), gold-tonemetal and Lucite clip earrings (Alexis Bit­tar), tights (Falke) and belt (stylist’s own)

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