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Allergy Proof

Monica Gingold – Killing it at your job with a secret chronic illness

Monica Gingold is one of Australia’s leading hair and make up artists, who has been suffering from chronic fatigue since she was a teenager. This is the fist time she has spoken about it publicly.  

Monica Gingold is a long time friend and colleague of our founder Ashli, where they worked together on many hair tutorial video shoots about six years ago. Since, they have stayed in touch and now work together through Monica’s agency, TONIC.

With over 13 years in the industry, Monica has worked with awesome clients including Camila and Marc, One Day, Lorna Jane, David Jones, Myer, Decjuba, Lexus and  more. She’s even been able to travel overseas to work at New York Fashion Week, as well as home grown events like VAMFF and MBFWA, Melbourne Cup Carnival, Grand Prix and work across television productions including X-Factor, Dancing with the Stars, The Logies, Brownlow Awards and The Aria’s. You’ve probably seen her being tagged by top influencers including Steph Claire Smith, Rozalia Russian, Bec Judd, Elyse Knowles and Brooke Hogan.

A couple of years ago, after her wedding, she partnered with wedding planner superstar Tahli Engel, where they created TONIC; an agency consisting of a team of highly skilled hair and makeup artists servicing weddings, parties, races and all events where clients need hair and makeup.

When Ashli announced Allergy Proof™, Monica spilled her story and that she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue when she was a teenager and has been managing it since. She refrained from talking about it publicly, until now.

 

Here’s a summary of what we spoke about:

  • What Monica was like growing up
  • Stories about how she always loved hair and make up (like, a lot)
  • Brands she’s worked with and what she’s done
  • How the idea of TONIC came about
  • Running a business vs. working for yourself
  • What it’s like being a new Mumma
  • The process of being diagnosed with chronic fatigue
  • How it effected her overall life
  • The treatment of chronic fatigue
  • How she kept it under the wraps in her professional life
  • How she has managed it with her crazy schedule
  • Advice on how to manage unresolved symptoms
  • Tips to manage flare ups with a busy schedule
  • And more!

“I just couldn’t get out of bed, I was just completely wiped. I was so drained, I had no energy. Even though I was so tired, my sleep had completely deteriorated. I wouldn’t sleep at night, I developed insomnia, but I had the desperate need to sleep during the day. ”

 

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