MECCA Talks Finding Your Beauty Identity, with Mahalia Handley and Tony Baumann

Welcome back to MECCA Talks, your access all areas pass to the beauty, business, and lifestyle experts we call our community.

In today’s episode…

Kate and Zara discuss their journey to finding a sense of beauty identity, and how access to digital technologies can lead women and girls to greater equality. More on that here!

Then, Tony Baumann, MECCA’s head of artistry and fabulosity, shares how he discovered beauty, and lets us in on his best advice for building confidence through beauty, kindness, and sharp interpersonal skills (6:22).

The model activist 'kicking the hornet’s nest', Mahalia Handley then joins Kate and Zara to share her experiences as a curve model of Irish and Maori heritage, and how she champions body and ethnic diversity through modelling, social media, creative direction, and consultancy (19:46).

Through M-Power, MECCA aims to help 10,000 girls finish secondary school by the year 2025, and we will achieve this through our work locally in Victoria with The Skyline Education Foundation, nationally with Stars Foundation and internationally with CAMFED. Learn more about MECCA M-Power here.

Brands and products mentioned:


NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

Ellis Faas

Rae Morris

Rae Morris The Rae Frame

Read more on The MECCA Memo:

WATCH: Self not the selfie - in conversation with our MECCALIFE power panel

QUIZ: How do you beauty? Our guide to finding your beauty ID

How MECCA M-Power helps improve the lives of women and girls

7 trailblazing women on the advice they’d give their younger selves

Hosts: Kate Blythe, Zara Wong

Guests: Tony Baumann, Mahalia Handley

Producers: Kerri Gordon, Michael Liberale

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MECCA Talks wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we recorded this episode at our studio in Naarm, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay respect to Elders - past, present and emerging. We recognise their ongoing connection to this beautiful country, with knowledge and stories that have been handed down since time immemorial.

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