Kathryn Tomberlin Dines is an all-American model that seamlessly straddles the looks of a Midwestern cheerleader, Benetton girl and high-fashion model with incredible ease – and, most impressively, she does it in a way that somehow keeps us from hating her for it. Perhaps it’s her honesty, charm and humor that make her so loveable that you almost forget you sorta want to hate her. More likely, though, it’s the fact that she has such a refreshingly honest and open perspective on beauty that you can’t help but love her. In fact, one of the first times we met her she joked about the absurdity of modeling on the cover of a to-be-left-unnamed parenting magazine with a toddler child on one day and as a high school athlete the next – and that’s a type of honesty, awareness and realism we appreciate here at The Beauty Bean.
Regardless, she’s a true Real Beauty – and we’re confident that after reading her answers you’ll agree.
So, we sat down with Kat Tomberlin Dines and asked her to weigh in on Real Beauty.
What do you think makes someone beautiful?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? It’s a cheesy old cliché, I know, but it’s true. My friends and I all have such different tastes in the guys we like and even the girls we would want to look like. The Office did a show where they spent the whole work day voting on which celebrity was hot or not, which was hilarious and over the top, but illustrated how crazy our society can be and how obsessed we are with judging each other based on beauty. That being said, I think confidence is the most beautiful thing for a person to have. There is nothing more unattractive than someone who picks themselves apart all of the time, or is so insecure that they are always picking apart other people.
How do you deal with the pressure for body perfection in our culture?
I try to do the best that I can do for my body type. I work out and I eat really healthy most of the time, but I can’t obsess over it or it would drive me crazy. Would I like to wake up tomorrow and have Gisele’s body? Sure, but it’s not something I really ever think about with any seriousness. It would be like asking would I like to wake up tomorrow with James Bond’s crazy spy skills? Absolutely! But I’m pretty sure if none of these things happen I will manage to make it through. At the end of the day we are all really pretty lucky if our thighs or cup size is the biggest problem we are struggling with. There are so many people out there fighting disease, living in war zones, and struggling just to find food for their children. It’s really easy not to obsess if you find a little perspective. Now that I sound like Miss America or something, I feel like I should say something about world peace… I’m also totally for world peace.
If you could give your younger self advice about beauty, what would it be?
Stop wearing scrunchies! And also stop waiting for your breasts to come in… Spoiler Alert: they aren’t going to.
What’s your one, can’t-live-without-it beauty product?
I know the question calls for one, but I’m going to cheat and give you two. I’m crazy like that. I love my pink and green Maybelline mascara, it’s an oldie but a goodie. I also can’t live without sunscreen. I hate the smell, hate the process of putting it on, hate everything about it, but I need need need it as I am one step above an albino and would be as red as my hair if I didn’t put it on! I would also mention Moroccan Oil for my hair, but that would be three, and therefore way over the limit, so I won’t even talk about how great it is for taming frizzy hair, it just wouldn’t be right.