This site isn’t just about looking fabulous and having the latest bag. A rainy day diva is someone who knows how to persevere with grace, class, and beauty. Who embodies that spirit more than Robin Roberts of Good Morning America? Last Friday at Essence Magazine’s Women Who Are Shaping the World Summit, Roberts spoke to a packed ballroom about how she positioned herself to go from star athlete to co-anchor of a national morning news show. Robin is quite the comedian.

When she spoke of her most recent battle with breast cancer and her decision to remove her wig before walking in a fashion show for Good Morning America, my eyes were filled with tears, my heart with laughter, and I, like everyone else in attendance, cheered her on as she mimicked her strut and pose down the catwalk. Her advice to us: Embrace who you are where you are!

She was truly inspiring.

Since then, she’s been asked to write a book specifically about her battle with cancer. Her answer was “no”. As Robin explained to us, “My life is not cancer. It is only a chapter.”  Robin’s book, From the Heart, Eight Rules To Live By is in stores now.

Ladies, there’s not much left of October, but it is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so please make sure to schedule a visit with your doctor and a mammogram!

Also at the summit was actress and newly wed, Malinda Williams, discussing marriage and relationships along with Finesse and Dr. Michelle Callahan. Malinda is so darling. I mean she looks exactly as she does on film and everyone was raving over how good she looked. I really wanted to know where she got those shoes, but didn’t get a chance to ask. Well, maybe next time.

More details on the summit to come.

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2 Responses to “Notes from the Essence Magazine’s Women Who Are Shaping the World Summit”

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    V — October 30, 2008 @ 10:38 pm

    I do have more words in my vocabulary but all I can think of is wow/awesome. What a treat for Ms. Roberts to meet our Divine Ms. D! Robin R appears to be a what-you-see-is-what you get kind of lady. Glad you two RDD’s had a chance to cross paths.

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    Nina — November 17, 2008 @ 11:09 am

    I love the inspiration!!! It is important to keep up your style because in the famous words of Buddy Love “No matter what you’ve got to strutt!”