Getting to know Cary Williams, champion of the #NeverTooPretty movement

When our CEO Margot Micallef came across the #NeverTooPretty movement, she was inspired. The message, which is all about empowering girls and women in knowing that they’re never too pretty or feminine to do anything they want, resonated with her – and aligns well with the Gabriella’s Kitchen mission to empower people everywhere to seek out and live their best, healthiest lives. So we decided to get to know the Too Pretty brand founder, Cary Williams, a little better!

Cary is a former Olympic-style boxer, an Olympic certified boxing coach and a boxing club owner in Santa Monica, California. Tired of hearing she was “too pretty” to be a fighter, she decided to launch a movement to let women know they can be both feminine and badass! Read on to see what she has to say about Too Pretty – and about GK pasta!

What does Too Pretty do?

Too Pretty is a female brand that empowers girls and women through the message that they are never too pretty to do anything! The Too Pretty brand was created out of my experience in a male dominated sport: boxing. As a fighter, I was told often that I was Too Pretty to be a boxer. Which really meant, in their minds, that I was too feminine and not capable. Fast forward five years and it dawned on me that I was not the only girl/woman experiencing these comments. There were business owners, surfers, managers, race car drivers, writers, bodybuilders and the list goes on! I launched the Too Pretty brand in late 2015 with a few lines of T-shirts and halter tops. They were a hit (no pun intended)! We are slowly growing the lines to include sweatshirts and bags with some new designs in the works.

Our social media platforms have started to grow and the #tooprettymovement is on fire.

Currently the movement is in full effect with an Instagram project. Girls and women are posting a black and white photo of them holding a cardboard sign on which they have written what they are Never Too Pretty to do. They use hash tags #nevertoopretty #tooprettymovement and #thebeautyinstrength and explain what it means to them.

We decided that we wanted to give these girls the opportunity to create a line for Too Pretty based off of what they wrote on their sign. The first line from this project is Never Too Pretty to be Kind.

What’s your way-back story?

I am a woman who comes from humble beginnings. I was raised by my father in a tough neighborhood. My mother passed away when I was 14 and I was on my own by the age of 16. I graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA and put myself through a four-year university, finishing with a degree in Environmental Science. I opened my first boxing gym two years out of college and grew a chain of boxing clubs in California. I went through a life change and moved out to Santa Monica to “start over”. I sold my boxing clubs for pennies on the dollar to two of my former managers and now just have a private studio in Santa Monica. I have thought lately about what my purpose is. I have come to the conclusion that it is to touch as many girls and women as I can and empower them. I struggled with finding my mother’s purpose here given that she died at such a young age. Maybe her purpose was to bring me into this world.

When we heard about you from our CEO, Margot Micallef, we were eager to send you some GK pasta so you could give it a try. What did you think of the HIGH PROTEIN that you tried?

I thought it was good! Instead of pasta, I usually use spaghetti squash, so to be able to have something that’s low-carb and high-protein is cool. I put marinara sauce with it and some ground turkey. I’m on A&E’s new show, Fit to Fat to Fit, which is just filming right now for the second season. I’m in the process of gaining weight right now, so it took me a while to try GK pasta because it’s healthy! I’m 25 pounds heavier than what I was before. Once I start having to lose the weight again, then I’ll dive back into the other GK pasta products you sent me!

What’s a typical day of eating like for you?

Typically I always have oatmeal in the mornings with almond milk, a little bit of fruit and a scoop of coconut oil or almond butter in it. My second breakfast is three hours later and I’ll have eggs with a piece of sourdough bread, and then I’ll usually workout. On occasion, I’ll have a protein shake but I don’t do it a lot – if I’m really trying to build my muscles, then I’ll have one right after a workout. I usually have a snack again, like half of a tuna sandwich or apples with almond butter, really anything. Dinner is usually lean protein and no carbs. I don’t generally eat carbs at dinnertime, so I’ll have lots of vegetables and salad.

If you could share just one piece of advice with our female followers, what would that be?

My advice is to never have excuses for anything. Whether it’s an excuse not to workout, not to eat well, not to pursue your dream of owning your own business, we can all make excuses, but they won’t get you to where you need to be.