Meeting inspiring people. It’s something I get to do every day in my job. Some I work with. Some of them I interview. Others I meet at charitable events. The latter was the source for an introduction to an unlikely publisher who got her inspiration from her late mother.
While serving as emcee for the Dress for Success fashion show in Uniontown, I met Andrea Patrick Forte. I thought her name sounded familiar. Turns out, she was already a Facebook friend but what made her so interesting was the story behind the picture.
For years, this Fayette county native made her fortune in the hills of Hollywood as a modeling agent, representing some of the most beautiful young women in the business. She married a star of stage and screen and seemed to have it all. Then, her hometown called her back. More to the point, her mom.
With the publisher and her creation: a monthly tribute to her mother.
Andrea came home to attend to her ailing mother Gladys. She died, leaving Andrea without of the inspirations of her life. However, the inspiration her mother left behind was still there. It moved Andrea, who had zero publishing experience, to publish a magazine. A publication about fashion, beauty tips and style. But most of all, about things that inspire women to be all they can be. In her words and printed on the cover “a magazine dedicated to anyone who has been inspired to pursue their dreams by someone they love”.
The name of Andrea’s magazine? What else? Gladys.
In a very short period of time, her local publication is gaining some national notoriety and look for bigger things to come from a woman who now resides in Fayette county once again. Also, look for her magazine on local news stands and bookstores. It’s a good read.