My Toxin-Free Journey

My name is Eve. I was the tall, skinny girl growing up. Teased by my peers from childhood to college, I focused on good grades and earned academic scholarships. After college, I took what God gave me and headed to New York City to model.

While having lunch with a friend, I was discovered by a rep for Armani. From that point on, my modeling career was set. I signed with Ford Models, traveled the world, and for the next ten years worked with many top designers and some of the most famous super models known today. It was like being in the NBA of the fashion world.

Hair products had my hair looking perfect, but also coated my skin and lingered in the air I breathed. When I wasn’t modeling, I auditioned and put on a full face to see clients. At the time I had no idea I was receiving a cocktail of toxic chemicals on my skin. But after ten years, I started to notice cysts/nodules under my eyes. My dermatologist mentioned it might have come from the use of certain skincare and makeup products that created an allergic reaction, irritated the skin, and blocked the pores. He said the only way to get rid of it was to burn or laser it off.

When I heard my body was reacting to the products I had assumed were safe and approved, I started investigating what was in my products and why my skin had reacted. My research led me to go beyond just personal care products. I tossed every toxic cleaner I had in my house and replaced them with baking soda and vinegar to clean the kitchen and bathroom, and soap nuts to wash my clothes. Each transition took time.

I found out my friend, Coki Tai, had breast cancer in her early 30’s and her doctor suggested it could have been because of something in her environment.  When I learned only about 5% to 10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, I knew I had to be all in with the lifestyle. Coki lost her battle with cancer and passed away, but thanks to her story I can encourage others to take precautions that might keep them disease-free.

As much as I’d love to have the time to make all my products by hand, I don’t. In 2010, I co-founded Mathis Entertainment Group and Bynum Artist Management, providing greater opportunity for my management clients in film and television. MEG, currently has four TV shows and two feature films in development. One of our clients was recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. I’m also writing a beauty book and producing it for television.

Putting my consciousness on toxin-free living will help me live a long, healthy life free of sickness and disease. And that’s what I want for you and your family too.