“It’s my belief that if we try to compensate for internal feelings of insufficiency with an overemphasis on our looks, we’re doing ourselves a disservice.” – Joanna HathcockFace Time. DFW Style Daily’s exclusive series goes beyond the runways and picture-perfect shoots to get to know top Dallas models on a personal level. Why? Boasting top tier agencies, producers, retailers, and shows, the Dallas market is emerging as a fashion force to be reckoned with on the national scene. And, as our interviews with Carlotta Lennox, Myles Crosby, Donny Boaz, Lexi Russell, Sirisha Reddy, and many more prove, Dallas-based models are among the most fascinating and accomplished in the country. Today’s multi-faceted beauty is no exception to the rule. Joanna Hathcock maintains a full slate of national clients on the modeling side, and steps behind the camera as an in-demand make-up artist. Closest to her heart, however, is the empowerment of women through an innovative performance group combining original music, spirit, and dance. Name: Joanna Hathcock Hometown: Los Angeles, California Agency: Kim Dawson Agency Notable Clients: Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Elle Australia, Fossil, JCPenney, Pepsi Co. Bliss Goddess is a collaborative performance group - music, visuals, and dance - that my boyfriend and I set in motion almost two years ago. He curates our exotic tribal-dub sound, and I co-coordinate our troupe of ‘temple dancers.’ We draw our inspiration from spiritual traditions that have worshipped the Divine in its feminine form. “In modern society, women tend to be objectified and disempowered, rather than revered. We want to help women recognize that they are embodiments of the Goddess themselves, and empower them to be in their full ‘goddess’ radiance in the world. Anyone who is interested in checking us out can experience us live every month at Ecstatic Saturdays in Deep Ellum, or listen to our sets on Soundcloud.” How do you view the connection between outward appearance and inner beauty? “It’s my belief that if we try to compensate for internal feelings of insufficiency with an overemphasis on our looks, we’re doing ourselves a disservice. This is, sadly, all too common, and can be a hard orientation to let go of. It’s been a huge challenge for me, personally! But, when we attend to beautifying ourselves as an expression of self-love, out of a desire to broadcast an awareness that we are, in fact, unique and beautiful at our core, it can be uplifting to ourselves and to others.” Seventeen Magazine with soon-to-be supermodel Niki Taylor. I was also in an editorial in the same issue with then-model Cameron Diaz. Being from Los Angeles, and doing this for so long, makes for a fun handful of I-knew-them-when stories!” Do you have a personal role model? “I can’t point to a single person as my role model. I prefer to take the perspective that anyone can, in some way or another, be my teacher, if I’m open to the lesson. I really admire any woman who has found the strength and creativity it takes to live authentically and from the heart, from Anaïs Nin to Angelina Jolie.” Sync, treat myself to massage, catch a movie, or connect with friends at whatever groovy chill spot they happen to be visiting that day.” All images courtesy of Joanna Hathcock.