With March Madness on our minds (or our brothers’ and boyfriends’ minds anyway), it seems only fitting to highlight a basketball superstar as our Real Beauty this week and, well, we found one more-than-worthy of the recognition. Tina Charles is not only a WNBA star (where she plays for the Connecticut Sun) but also won two National Championships at UCONN (in undefeated seasons, no less), was college and USA Player of the Year, was the first pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft, was 2010 WNBA Rookie of the year and All-Star and is even a member of the USA National Team, meaning she’ll play in the London Olympics. Beyond her athletic accomplishments, though, Tina is also a great person with a huge heart and a strong, confident head on her shoulders.

We sat down with Tina Charles to talk about all things Real Beauty

What do you think makes someone beautiful?
Beauty to me is defined by what is on the inside of a person and having a discerning heart; a person that wants to do good for themselves and for others and who puts God first in everything that they do in life. Physical beauty is not forever and that is why beauty is in good things what you do. Your behavior with others, the way you understand a person, trust a person, the way you love yourself and care and share with others. Your honesty and self-confidence makes you beautiful. When it comes down to it, beauty is an idea; everybody’s definition is unique.

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When do you feel most beautiful?
I feel the most beautiful when I am playing basketball and someone acknowledges that I played well and asks me what motivates me on the court. For me to answer and say I am playing for God and keeping him as my motivation, to keep me humble and always diligent is when I feel most beautiful.

How do you deal with the pressure for body perfection?
Being in the spotlight, I deal with the pressure for body perfection by knowing in order to do what I love, play basketball, is to stay in shape and stay healthy to compete among other athletes. Basketball is not only my passion but it is my job, I am a professional basketball player, and in order for me to continue doing what I love I have to do what it takes to compete and that is to take care of my body to the best of my abilities.

What’s your top fitness tip?
My top fitness tip would be to increase the speed of your running stride -not the length of your stride- to get faster when running.

How to start a running routine!

If you could give your younger self advice about beauty, what would it be?
I would say to be a person you love and practice it everyday and everything else will fall into place.

Who is your beauty role model?
My beauty role model is my mother, Angella Holgate- Murry. Every moral I have learned in the 22 years of living, including the root of my faith is instilled from her and reason for my success both on and off the court.

What is your favorite beauty product?
My favorite beauty products are all MAC Cosmetics.

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