MEET OUR INNER BEAUTY SPOKES MODEL

ANNE-MARIE

My name is Anne-Marie Taylor Spain. I am from Arizona. I earned my undergrad degree in Environmental Studies. I've also spent over 20 years training and riding horses and mules. My hobbies are snorkeling, making jewelry, riding my bike, and horseback riding. 
 
The best advice I've ever been given is "The grass is greener where you water it." I feel that this resonates with my personal core values and is how I choose to lead my life. Through hard work and persistence, you can build the life you desire with what resources you were given. I strive for self reliance and seek to learn new things to add to my toolbox. 
 
I love being a National Parks employee because I get incredible opportunities to attend trainings, build new skills, and work in mind blowing places. I am inspired by the other capable women in my field because of the valuable work they do, in the ways their skills differ from my own, and how all our collective work fits together within public lands management.  
 
I am most grateful for the tough National Park Service women before me who have built the trails I now hike, worked for our representation in public lands management, and made it a safer work environment for women like me to inhabit today.  
 
Through reflection, I've become more aware of the influence I have on other women and girls in my life and desire to be a better role model. In the past, I haven't always set the best example for self love. I've put myself down, neglected my needs, pushed myself too hard. Young women and girls witness and replicate the ways we treat ourselves. Instead, I want to give other women an honest and sincere representation of what confidence and positive self image looks like.  
 
What I love about WMYFB is the message of empowerment. This is a movement that celebrates women in all the ways they are capable and powerful, not how we are disadvantaged. I also believe participating in WMYFB improves my relationship with myself and helps me appreciate who I fundamentally am.  
 
What makes ME feel beautiful is being able to use my brain and body creatively. When I am able to use my body for work and play, I feel fulfilled. What I enjoy most is working with equines. Being able to demonstrate leadership among horses, mules, and humans makes me feel like a superhero.  
 
My next campaign is What Makes You Feel Beautiful. It's all about  getting women to expand their ideas of beauty and see more inner beauty within themselves.