Cindy Tawiah’s story began when she was a young girl. The first time she suffered sexual abuse, she was only five years old. At age 13, she was sexually abused again.
My mother traveled a lot and my father was always away from home. I ended up being abused by a stranger.
Coupled with physical abuse, her trauma worsened in her teens, catapulting her life into a downward spiral of shame and violence.
In later years I experienced a lot of physical beatings from both parents who didn't understand that what they were doing was producing more trauma in my life.
The abuse she experienced throughout her childhood left her with low self-esteem. By the age of 19, she’d experienced so much trauma that when the next round of abuse came knocking at her door, she could barely recognize its root.
I experienced a lot of pain and trauma in my childhood. By age 19, I had been through so much pain and trauma. By the age of 19 my personality drew in an abusive boyfriend and it took years for me to realize that when you have been through trauma, you attract more trauma if you are not healed and don't recognize it.
Cindy gathered up the courage to leave all of her abusers behind. In the years that followed, she found healing and decided to turn her pain into purpose.
She went to work as a Registered Nurse. She was content but God had another plan in mind. She left her job to begin her work as a domestic violence advocate and innovative salon owner.
After leaving my position as a Registered Nurse to open a hair salon, I began the Diva Project with my husband. We transported women from nearby shelters and offered them beauty makeovers to help them heal, change and transform from the inside out. As they recognized how we brought out their beauty, it helped them connect with their sense of self. Empowering and motivating messages and presentations helped them make the necessary transformations.
I have made peace with my past. The pain I felt has been healed because of the work I now do with and for victims of domestic violence.
Today, Cindy is an advocate, mother, author and CEO of her hair care line, Diva By Cindy.
My published book Metamorphosis: Finding Your Passion, Finding U. helped me share my complete journey and that was truly cathartic for me.
The Diva Project is how I give back and encourage others.
Learn more about Cindy Tawiah and The Diva Project at www.DivaByCindy.com.