Friday, October 15, 2010
Annie Henley - Rose Charities USA - NY
After 13 years as a top fashion model for campaigns, high fashion magazine covers and ads, Annie Henley thought how great it would be to use what her life has blessed her with and to find a way to give back. Enter Rose Charities. After attending a brief meeting with the Rose Board members in 2007, all she could think about was, “How can I help?”.
Annie’s first involvement was the famous BeBare fashion auction in Vancouver in August 2007, where she walked the runway in a Marchesa dress and won the highest bid for the night, raising over $30,000 that evening for Rose Charities. Determined to bring BeBare to NYC, she proposed the idea to fellow board members and co-founder, Noot Seear. It was game on! Two months later, on October 6th 2008, amidst the largest stock market crash since the great depression, “BeBare, New York’s Naughtiest Fashion Show” at Milk Gallery raised over $50,000 and was a huge success.
In February 2009, Annie, along with fellow Rose USA board members Jason Rosenstock and Noot Seear, visited Vietnam and Cambodia for the annual Rose Charities International meeting. In Vietnam they visited the Be Tho orphanage and facilities to meet the children who benefited from Rose Charities fund-raising activities. In Cambodia they visited the Rose Charities Eye Clinic and FIRST Rose rehab surgery, where proceeds from Be Bare raised money for a van, which allows Dr Sarom to make trips to those who are unable to make it to the clinic. Their journey was rounded off by a visit to an orphanage where Jason gave an art class, Noot demonstrated runway walking and Annie a yoga class. The didn’t want to leave………
Annie is a dedicated yoga instructor and has studied Vinyasa yoga at Atmananda in NYC. She has been practicing yoga for 13 years.
Annie has also launched her own line of surf wear called “Surfkini” which is a comfortable, sexy swimwear collection for the surfer on the go. Surfkini was featured in Transworld Surf magazine and proudly sponsors world-class surfer Pucha Garcia. www.surfkini.com