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My Beauty Uniform: Crystal Dunn

Crystal Dunn soccer player

This afternoon, 26-year-old soccer player Crystal Dunn, a defender on the U.S. Women’s National Team, will take the field to play Thailand in the first round of the World Cup. Dunn grew up in Long Island, won a national championship at the University of North Carolina, and when she’s not chasing World Cup dreams, plays professionally for the Carolina Courage. Here, she talks about her struggles, her heroes, and, of course, her favorite tinted moisturizer…

My Beauty Uniform: Crystal Dunn

What does your morning look like? How does a world-class athlete start her day?
Well, in the days leading up to the World Cup (during training and traveling), my typical morning starts more slowly than all of my teammates because I love to sleep in. I take my vitamins first thing, which are by my bedside so I can remember them. The whole team is on supplements, like vitamin B and iron, because we live our lives on the edge.

For breakfast, I never change up my routine. My team is the same way — we each eat the same thing everyday like clockwork. For me, it’s always an omelet with onions, peppers and tomatoes, and then a bagel or an English muffin on the side.

My Beauty Uniform: Crystal Dunn

Got any beauty rituals or products that figure into this routine?
After breakfast, I wash my face, mostly to make sure I’m nice and awake. I wait until training to apply lotion or sunscreen. Lately, I’ve been really into It Cosmetics tinted moisturizer. It’s really light for daily use and provides a lot of things besides moisturizer — like coverage, a hydrating serum and SPF. So, I feel like I’m getting sunscreen protection and I also get to look cute. If I go out at night, I’m usually wearing Bobbi Brown’s line.

My Beauty Uniform: Crystal Dunn

How much of your day is spent on the soccer field?
Training starts around 11 a.m. We warm up and then get into the full swing of training, and we’re pretty much off the pitch by 12:30. Occasionally, we’ll have a second training session or a lift [strength training] in the afternoon, which is typically an hour.

That is actually not as intense as I would’ve guessed?
Yeah, our coaches don’t want to keep us longer than they need to because they want to make sure we stay healthy, and we can recover and get ready for the next training day. It’s actually consistent with my training year-round, not just for the World Cup. For this team, we’re covering all that we need to in the hour and a half that we’re on the pitch every day. Trust me, it’s an intense 90 minutes.

My Beauty Uniform: Crystal Dunn

What about off days? Do you have any rituals for restoring energy? 
Recovery is so important, obviously. Some of my teammates get into the pool for a little workout. Some like to ice bathe, but not me, because that feels like I’m actually dying a long, painful death. I’d say that getting a good night’s rest — consistently — is brutally important for me. Also, relaxing, maybe going for a little walk, hanging out. Nothing too crazy. It’s crucial to rest.

My Beauty Uniform: Crystal Dunn

What kind of hair products do you recommend for intensely active athletes?
I mostly love wearing headbands. I dabble with all kinds, but lately I’m into the thinner ones from Nike.

My Beauty Uniform: Crystal Dunn

You were the last cut from the 2015 team — and they ended up winning the World Cup. That couldn’t have been easy. How did you get through it? What did you learn?
The biggest lesson from 2015 was that all I can do is control my attitude and how I feel about myself. Honestly, for a little bit, I started to doubt myself. Whenever that happens, no good can come from it, so these last four years have really been about me trying hard to never doubt myself, not even for one moment, and always remembering that if I stay the course I will end up where I want to be.

Crystal Dunn soccer player

That obviously makes complete sense, but it’s very hard to get to that place. How did you get there?
I had so much support. I never felt alone. People were always reaching out to me, and my parents were making sure I was okay and reinforcing that I’m a good player and missing out on this one opportunity doesn’t mean that I’m not. You know, it’s just one thing that didn’t go my way. They kept making sure I was paying attention to what was next in store, versus hanging my head and staying in the moment that I really didn’t need to stay in. Obviously fast-forward four years, and I’m able to be a part of this World Cup and it’s just awesome. I tell people it wasn’t easy, but when you really, truly value yourself, nothing can penetrate that. It sounds so clichéd but it’s true. Once I decided to invest in myself as a player and a person, from that moment on, I felt like I was invincible.

My Beauty Uniform: Crystal Dunn

You met your husband during that period, too, right?
Yeah, I met Pierre [Soubrier, head of sports medicine for the Colorado Rapids] the same year, and he helped me get through it. We used to watch all the games together at bars, so he was the first person that I was able to vent to and explain how I sad I felt. He was so supportive. Then I went on to have a great professional season — I won the NWSL Golden Boot [awarded to the player who has scored the most goals]. Because of Pierre, I almost forgot that I was the last cut or I didn’t make that roster. So many great things happened because things didn’t necessarily go the way I wanted them to.

My Beauty Uniform: Crystal Dunn

You are involved in the pending lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation demanding equal pay for women, claiming you are compensated less than the men’s team even though the demands are the same and women’s team has been significantly more successful. [The USWNT has won three World Cup titles, and is favored to win this year, while the men’s team didn’t qualify to compete in the 2018 World Cup.] Can you talk about what that means to you?
It’s really important for women to feel like, ‘I have a voice and I’m not going to remain silent just because I don’t want to ruffle feathers.’ It goes beyond soccer players. It goes to any female in society who’s feeling like, ‘Oh, for a long time I’ve kept my mouth shut. I go to work, and if I feel under appreciated, I just bite the bullet and move onto the next day.’ We’re in a new era now where women are no longer happy with that arrangement. We’re putting in the same hours, and we’re sacrificing the same things, if not more. And it’s important for women across the world, whatever profession they’re in, to stand up for what they believe in and continue the fight. Even if there’s no progress with the lawsuit at this moment, there will be in the future, I’m sure of it.

My Beauty Uniform: Crystal Dunn

I love how your team wore the names of inspiring women on their jerseys for the SheBelieves Cup earlier this year. Why did you choose Serena Williams?
For a lot of people, it’s so easy to see her and be like, ‘Wow, what an amazing athlete. She dominates her sport.’ But for me, she’s more. She has broken down so many barriers of what it means to be beautiful. To be a strong, defined woman and still feel like, ‘Hey, I’m feminine’ — that was something I had to go through as well. I have really big hamstrings, and I’ve always been told, ‘Wow, your lower body’s really strong. Not a lot of girls have legs that look like yours.’ At that point, I had to redefine what beauty was to me. It’s not someone thinking that women shouldn’t have strong legs, but it’s that there’s beauty in strength. That’s exactly what Serena embodies, and even though we don’t play the same sport, I feel like what she’s accomplished has really inspired me. Whatever negative press she gets from the media, she’s like, ‘Well, this is me and take it or leave it.’ I feel like that is just complete badass.

Crystal Dunn soccer player

Thank you, Crystal! Good luck today!

P.S. More beauty uniforms, including polar explorer Felicity Aston and celebrity chef Samin Nosrat.

(Photo of selfie with fans, high-fiving teammates, and through soccer net by The Players Tribune. Photo of Crystal in Carolina jersey, at Peak Sports and SheBelieves Cup by Christopher Hanewinckel/USA Today. Photo of Crystal in navy jersey by National Women’s Soccer League. Everything else courtesy of Crystal Dunn’s Instagram.)

  1. Kathryn says...

    I like what she said about having to ‘redefine what beauty was to me. It’s not someone thinking that women shouldn’t have strong legs, but it’s that there’s beauty in strength’; I have what I might describe as relatively stocky legs, that did play football for a period heading towards my teenage years, versus my younger sister’s long graceful ballet dancer legs, and many years after I had stopped regularly playing she described the way that something fitted on me (or not – I don’t even remember that bit) because of my ‘footballer thighs’ – note, not offensive in intention or how it was taken, in case anybody leaps to that! I still think of that when I do try things on and they don’t quite fit right, and it is such a self-reminder that they are strong and work hard for me; if, say, some trousers don’t fit it is because those clothes don’t fit me, not the other way around.

  2. Charlie says...

    What’s an awesome woman and beauty uniform. Thank you coj, for always keeping it real, showing STRONG women, and Diverse women. Keep that comin’!

  3. Thank you so much for this amazing interview with Crystal. I loved learning more about what it’s like to be a champion athlete and an amazing woman.

  4. Fiona says...

    Every heart eye emoji to crystal and the team! Love you interviewed her! So excited to see the ladies play!

  5. florence says...

    love! what an inspiration. thanks for sharing your story!

  6. scarlett says...

    ” I had to redefine what beauty was to me.” Wow! I love this. Body image is something I have ALWAYS struggled with, even with the newer body acceptance movement lately– it still focuses on how you feel about OTHER PEOPLE’S opinions about your body– “Love your body! No matter what! Who cares what other people think!” which is all well and good, but it really should be about your OWN definition of beauty. How much happier would we all be if we all fit our own definition of beauty?? I love that. Also, so excited to see an athlete among the beauty uniforms!

  7. Crystal and her teammates are a huge source of inspiration for the young generation. I really love this article thanks for sharing

  8. Dani says...

    I love learning how a professional athlete approaching beauty! I’ve always, always, always wondered how female pro athletes approach things like hair, sports bras (the ultimate question!), and fashion!

  9. Meredith says...

    lol did y’all see the score of this match? #USA #USA

  10. Rebecca says...

    I am THRILLED to read to read this interview with Crystal Dunn—bravo, Cup of Jo, for featuring her!

  11. Megan says...

    Thank you for featuring Crystal and highlighting the USWNT! She and the rest of a team are an inspiration and don’t get half of the positive attention (and pay! So important!) they deserve. I loved watching their first game in the Cup and can’t wait to see more!

  12. Jordan says...

    I can’t remember Cup of Jo ever commenting on something sports-related (other than general exercising stuff) so I honestly was floored – in a good way – to see this feature today. (I’m a former jock and huge sports nut.) Part of the fun of this website is never knowing what will pop up next, and this one made me so happy! Thanks Cup of Jo!

    • Katie says...

      Totally agree with this comment! Former Division I college soccer player here, and I was kind of delighted to see something here from a female athlete. Thank you!

    • Emmie says...

      Me too! DI athlete and huge supporter of equal pay initiatives.

    • Emily says...

      Agree!

  13. Hannah says...

    I love that COJ is giving attention to the USWNT! They are such a source of inspiration and determination for so many women and young girls. I could always use a reminder that a beauty uniform is more than just the products that I put on my body.

  14. liz says...

    also I have “big hamstrings” too — but I don’t think it’s uncommon, I think just no one cares to show women like that. It’s sad and infuriating, but whatever. We have stronger muscles. :D

  15. liz says...

    Yes!!! Thank you! Stories like hers are so important. Also she is amazing. And fierce. And strong. And beautiful (but that’s a duh)) :D

  16. Lily says...

    What an amazing woman to feature! Crystal is a fantastic person and role model. GO USWNT!

  17. Nina says...

    I love this! She is beautiful. I think her body is amazing looking. I love muscles on women. Thanks for sharing and CONGRATS to everyone on her team!

  18. Mel says...

    Yes! This is awesome. Usually I find most beauty uniforms exhausting – so many steps!!! Love hearing about strong athletes who are beautiful both on and off the field. A great role model for our girls!

  19. Nina says...

    Yeeeeeees!!

  20. My 9 year old daughter is soccer crazy. I can’t wait to read this post with her!

  21. Omg this is the best one of this awesome series! Thank you for highlighting her!

  22. Becky says...

    Loved this & her. Thank you!

  23. Kelsey says...

    So good so good so good!

  24. Cay says...

    I love this so much! The USWNT was such a massive inspiration to me as a little girl, and I love that women like Dunn continue to be for the next generation.

    I know that there are some complaints in the comments about this not being beauty-focused, but I really love the angle of a woman’s daily beauty ritual, both the internal and external, being an entry point into her personal life experiences.

    (My one call-out is that you are always always ON Long Island, never ever IN Long Island.)

  25. Angela says...

    Awesome! Going to try and watch a game with my soccer-obsessed Grade 1 class. The boys never let the girls play… maybe watching some of these ladies will finally change their minds.

  26. Nina Franey says...

    Crystal and her teammates are a huge inspiration to my soccer-obsessed 13 year old son. Thanks for this post!

  27. Christi says...

    I wasn’t expecting this interview today, but thank you!
    Crystal’s journey within this U.S. team is one I admire so much. And being such a versatile player can be a great, yet difficult thing. Her tenacity and mentality is something to admire.

  28. Wendy says...

    Great interview! This girl’s got her head on straight and nobody’s going to be able to stop her! I’m not young, black or ever an athlete, but I love that she’s part of this lawsuit. It needs to be done.

  29. Lauren says...

    Thanks for featuring a beautiful athlete and Black woman. I found her advice on overcoming struggles inspiring!

  30. Susie says...

    Wishing good luck and good games to Crystal and all the incredible women footballers this World Cup! So interesting to get an insight into a completely different world to mine. Thanks for sharing CoJ!

  31. Lilia says...

    Love to see one of the US women’s national team players on COJ!! Watch the USA fight for the World Cup! Not only are these women examples of mental toughness and strength but they are some of the most talented soccer players in the world.

  32. Natalia says...

    This is great! Would love to see more sports features on COJ!!

  33. Meghan says...

    “When you really truly value yourself, nothing can penetrate that. ” This gave me goosebumps. Thank you, Crystal!

    • A Martin says...

      Same!! So moving!!

    • Loved this so much, too! And is it ever true!

  34. Lindsay says...

    Good luck today, Crystal! Loved hearing from an athlete, and all her positive talk on how to learn from things that don’t go perfectly. I’ve experienced that growth myself recently and it was beautiful to read her perspective on it too :D

  35. Estee says...

    This is awesome, one of my favorite Beauty Uniforms!

  36. Sydni Jackson says...

    Amazing!! Loved what she said about Serena Williams. Good luck in the World Cup!!

  37. This has me really wanting to follow soccer this year! What a great interview!

  38. Marcella says...

    Love this!!!! Especially resonate with what she said “it goes to any female in society who’s feeling like, ‘Oh, for a long time I’ve kept my mouth shut. I go to work, and if I feel under appreciated, I just bite the bullet and move onto the next day.’ We’re in a new era now where women are no longer happy with that arrangement.” a lot of women I work with feel that way in my office (with majority men in leadership) and it’s so inspiring to see these BADASS soccer players challenging the norms and taking on a big corporation.

    Also funny to read about people making fun of her legs – in high school my team won the state cross country championship 3 years in a row and my friends would call me “state legs” LOL

    • Meghan says...

      @ State legs, hahahahah

    • mb says...

      “State Legs”—If I got called that, I’d emblazon it on a sweatshirt just for myself!
      Love it!

    • Robin says...

      Ha I love this. You definitely need this on a T-shirt :)

  39. Cynthia says...

    The best part of Crystal’s beauty uniform is her smile! I, too, use the IT cosmetics CC cream, even if I’m not wearing other make-up. It takes the place of so many products. Yes, it’s expensive, but a little goes a long way, and Ulta occasionally has specials that include prestige brands. I think it’s great showing a variety of women who use various products. How much make-up I wear on any given day depends on what I’m doing, but I always have the same skin care routine everyday, and once a week I do a special treatment like a mask.

  40. Leigh Anne says...

    Her comment about redefining beauty reminds me of a common refrain from my spin instructor (Christine d’ercole, @iamicaniwillido on insta), “you are so much bigger than a smaller pair of pants”…find beauty in what your body can do! She was an aspiring ballerina who discovered that her powerful quads were meant for bike racing. Love this and crystal’s approach to beauty!

    • Amber Grady says...

      Love that quote!

  41. alice says...

    I was watching England v Scotland last Sunday thinking hmm I would love to see a female footballer featured on COJ. And, lo and behold!!! Love Crystal, her look and her attitude.
    Women’s football is getting a teeny bit more coverage over here than it used to, but there’s so much more to be done. And the pay gap is disgusting.
    I LOVED this, thank you!!!

  42. MB says...

    I’m not that into sports–but I love that the American Women’s soccer team is finally getting its due in attention and accolades!! A few years ago it wasn’t even news that they were playing, and they’d only bring it up after the fact when they won the World Cup! I’m also happy that the team turned this moment into an opportunity to bring attention to equal pay. In short–GO CRYSTAL and go TEAM USA!

    Also, I’m one of those people that don’t mind a beauty uniform with hardly any makeup mentioned. Not everything is about products. Sometimes feeling beautiful is about being able to run 10 miles and you can’t buy that at Nordstrom.

    • Cynthia says...

      I agree. Being beautiful does not always come out of a tube or jar.

    • Robin says...

      Yes! She is so beautiful, and a big part of that is her strength and spirit. I love that COJ features such a range of perspectives on beauty. These uniforms that aren’t so focused on product are often the ones that stick with me the longest (though I like the more traditional ones too!).

  43. Lynn says...

    I think this is the first beauty uniform to make me cry. I love the emphasis on REST, to which I wholeheartedly prescribe. Thank you and rock on, Crystal!

  44. Ellen says...

    YES! YES! YES!
    GO USA! GO STRONG LEGS!
    I am just living for this. Go Crystal!

  45. ML says...

    Love this profile so much! Her comment about big quads and beauty in strength resonates a lot. I was an indoor kid who fell in love with sports in my mid-20s. Had a lot of catching up to do versus the girls who grew up as athletes, but one thing it luckily gave me fairly early was the idea of my body as a vessel for adventure, challenge, and strength (no matter the size).

  46. Jenny says...

    YES! USA!!

  47. Maryann says...

    WHHHAAAAATTTTT!!!
    I’m so happy to see Crystal here today. We bought a cable subscription for the next month just so that we can watch the World Cup and as I write, the rest of my family (I have to work- boohoo) is tuning in to the USA v. Thailand game. We are big, BIG fans of women’s soccer.
    Crystal – my middle-school age son and daughter love you. You are an inspiration. Good luck!! We’re rooting for you!!!! Great interview, Cup of Jo.

  48. best beauty uniform ever! and i love that it’s not product heavy – beauty comes from within. confidence in your personal beauty and no self-doubt – loved Crystal’s perspective about truly valuing yourself and controlling how you react to negative situations. i find this to be way easier when i care for myself.

  49. Meredith says...

    I 100% needed Crystal’s perspective on beauty in strength today! My athletic build and “strong legs” from years of soccer and now wight lifting have often made me feel less than beautiful (correction: society’s narrow and shifting definitions of what makes some women beautiful and not others has often left me feeling like an outsider). . . But she is SO right! It really is up to each of us to define our own beauty and live it up! I CAN be strong AND beautiful! Thank you, CoJ and Crystal!

  50. CB says...

    I LOVE these interviews so much, and this one made me teary! Good luck Crystal!

  51. Paige says...

    Being a Carolina grad, it’s especially thrilling to see Dunn on my favorite website today! I love sharing an alma mater with such an incredible woman who is fighting for what is right. I know I speak for many Carolina women when I say “We’re so proud of you!”

  52. Maria says...

    I think this is the most excited I’ve ever been when I opened CoJ, and that’s after over eight years of reading!

    I got into the USWNT at the end of 2016 when I was longing to feel unreservedly patriotic about something. These women have such skill, work ethic, and character. They stand up for themselves and they’re just excellent. It’s become really meaningful to me to have them represent the United States on the national stage.

    Thank you for supporting the radiant Crystal Dunn and the team, CoJ!

  53. Liz Colleran says...

    Hell yes. Thank you, Crystal, Jenny, Joanna and everyone at CoJ! Let’s get one today.

  54. Nicole Ledford says...

    It makes me so happy when my favorite 2 worlds collide! Thank you for such a fun and inspiring beauty piece!

  55. Clare says...

    YES. Love the USWNT and am in awe of these women. Fantastic choice, CoJ team.

    A plug for women’s soccer: The games are so fun! The fans are both wholesome and fierce! Tween girls shrieking when Christine Sinclair waves at them is so heartwarming!

  56. Karinny says...

    Wonderful interview! Love to read about the athletes and dancers, such an incredible world, but always with time for beauty, rest and self-care.

  57. Courtney says...

    LOVED this post, and so inspired by Crystal. Also, I feel like a “beauty uniform” is about the whole person and not just products (though I love that part, too), so I am really into Cup of Jo mixing up who they speak with. Sometimes we get product-heavy posts, which is informative, but I believe a holistic approach to beauty means not sticking to that formula. I love hearing from people who talk about what parts of their life or perspectives they have make them feel beautiful or realize their inner beauty.

    • Katy says...

      Can I get an Amen to this? Absolutely.

  58. A Martin says...

    Annnnnndddd now I’m crying. So beautiful and moving. I love how she feels invincible. She is an incredible inspiration 💕💕

  59. Steph says...

    Thank you for featuring a woman athlete. I can’t wait to watch Crystal and the USWNT today!

  60. Erin says...

    Thank you thank you for featuring a US player today! Crystal is one of so many inspiring, beautiful and powerful women on this team and her grace and athleticism is the most gorgeous part of her “uniform.”

  61. Lo says...

    This is awesome! Jenny, as a longtime DALS reader, I can only imagine how excited you and your girls were for this interview. Rock on, and go team USA!

    • Jenny Rosenstrach says...

      Totally! It was a conversation at the dinner table for weeks! My 15 yo soccer player was the first one to point me towards Crystal and I’m so happy she did.

  62. Jeanne says...

    Wow I found myself with an unexpected lump in my throat when I got to the SheBelieves Cup. What a simple but profound way to give support, gratitude and thanks. This was a moving Beauty Uniform. Dunn really understands what true beauty is all about. And thank you for the reminder to get more rest! Good luck at the World Cup! We are all rooting for you gals!!!

  63. Inga says...

    Thank you CoJ for such an inspiring beauty interview. I clicked to read about products (and secretly hoped she might share some tricks about wearing nailpolish as a pro athlete!!) but now I will print it and hang it in my office for Crystal’s wise and utterly beautiful answers.
    What she says about believing in yourself and not giving up rings so true also for this female PhD fellow trying to forge a career path within a strictly male-dominated research domain!

    • Kira says...

      Inga, best of luck to you wherever your career takes you! I’m also finishing up my PhD in a male-dominated field and it can be so hard at times. But we’ve got this! I’m sure you’re doing important research and your field is lucky to have you.

      CoJ, great timing and great interview! Love, love, love that you’re featuring the women’s World Cup!

  64. Lydia says...

    What a great “get” to feature Crystal on the same day the women’s team starts the World Cup. Nice job, CoJ!

    • kk says...

      SERIOUSLY! Way to go COJ team!

      And what a showing at the 2019 World Cup Team USA!!

  65. Tara says...

    I have been a long-time fan of Crystal’s and am so glad she was featured here. Her attitude and work ethic are off the charts, and she absolutely dominates on the pitch! She is strong and beautiful and she kicks butt with a smile. I recall reading some articles after she was cut from the last World Cup team and I admire her grace and resilience. It was really neat to hear about her beauty routine and get the scoop on her training. I applaud what she and her teammates are doing to pursue equal pay and fair treatment. Wishing you and the gals all the best in the tournament, Crystal!

  66. Charlotte says...

    Bloody hell, CoJ! I like you so much, if you would be here, I’d give you all a big hug :) I value it so much that you simply “get“ beauty of humans in all its ways :) Thank you!

  67. ❤️

  68. Jessica says...

    Gorgeous couple

  69. Kristin says...

    This is a fantastic Beauty Uniform!

    Such inspiring words on believing in yourself and achieving your goals. I have a big milestone coming up and actually printed out some of her quotes to post around my apartment to remind me that I can do it!

    Thanks, CoJ and best of luck, Crystal.

  70. Kristen says...

    YAY YAY YAY COJ! As a New Yorker (shout out to a local soccer player!) and soccer enthusiast who is literally counting down the hours to the US Women’s first World Cup game, I loved seeing this! Timely and fun to read, and she’s a fantastic role model. I didn’t even know about her being cut from the 2015 team — makes me love her even more! #resilience
    #comeback

  71. Kara says...

    I’m not into sports but this really makes me want to follow women’s soccer now!

  72. Tricia says...

    LOVE THIS SO MUCH. I’m raising a six year-old daughter who loves soccer and is so empowered by it. Having role models like Crystal Dunn is priceless. Thank you, Crystal, for being someone little girls can truly look up to!

  73. Jessica says...

    So happy to see this featured as the World Cup is going on! I happily cheared on my Canadian team yesterday in their first game. It’s one of the rare times in sport where the women’s team seems to get more support and attention than the men’s due to their success (in Canada, I mean) I love seeing such strong, successful women featured on this blog. Particularly those that help push stereotypes aside and actively speak out for greater equality. You are a rock star Crystal!

  74. R says...

    Favorite EVER!!!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you!

  75. Kim says...

    I love product recommendations (might actually be addicted to them?) But I like that this interview played up her primary physical attributes, which are strength and athleticism.

  76. Laura says...

    I love this – it’s so inspiring to read about female athletes. Thank you for sharing!

  77. M says...

    Awesome beauty uniform! Her father is a partner at the law firm where I work and we are all rooting for her! Love seeing her featured on my favorite blog.

  78. Taylor says...

    AMAZING! Opening Cup of Jo today and seeing a member of my favorite sports team on the day the play their first World Cup match was the best coverage I could have hoped for! I”m so glad that Crystal and the USWNT are being featured in this space!

    I have never been an athlete nor played a game of soccer in my life but I have really become attached to the Women’s National Team. In order for women to be successful, we have to support each other/them! Please try to watch their games, today (3pm ET on Fox) they also have a game on Sunday and the following Thursday! Follow them on Instagram @USWNT! (Even if it is just for the duration of the World Cup.) This is a big deal for our Country and THE GALS!

    • Taylor Billings says...

      Wow so many typos! Hopefully that is an indicator of my enthusiasm!

    • Jenny Rosenstrach says...

      YES TO ALL OF THIS!!

    • Yes, absolutely, but please also support your local women’s team, if you can! Having a US national league (the NWSL) is VITAL to the development of the sport, and most of the teams struggle to fill seats, particularly in non-World Cup years. Their games tend to be 100% family-friendly and comparatively affordable. (And if your schedule shows, check to see if your local team is hosting a viewing party for the World Cup matches–I’m taking my toddler to watch the US/Sweden match with Reign FC players here in Tacoma, WA.)

  79. janee says...

    Hmm, Crystal really moved me in this post. I love her persistence and am so happy it paid off for her in her professional AND personal lives. I actually feel inspired and I am hard to inspire, lol. Female pro surfers recently went through the whole equal pay thing successfully for one of the major contests and it is exciting to hear of progress in other fields.

    Also, THIS was such a good question and I really appreciated it and the answer: “That obviously makes complete sense, but it’s very hard to get to that place. How did you get there?”.

    Lastly, the photos of her and her mother and the amazing one with her husband are exceptional, they display so much love.

  80. Kate S. says...

    I am so proud of that whole team, they are so inspiring! I used their lawsuit in my high school class to teach equity and bias this year. I can’t wait to watch them play today. I love Crystal’s hustle on the field and her positive attitude is awesome. U.S.A!

  81. Jeannie says...

    Coolest beauty uniform! Go Team USA!

  82. Lauren says...

    Love her! Definitely my favorite beauty uniform ever!

  83. Emily says...

    Just when I thought Cup of Jo was perfect, it gets even better! LOOOVE this feature! GO, Crystal and Team USA!

  84. Lauren E. says...

    Favorite beauty uniform to date. Beyond inspiring. Thank you so much for featuring Crystal. And GO USA!!!

  85. Laura says...

    Don’t get me wrong, I love that you spoke with Crystal- but it feels like the beauty uniform pieces are turning into just straight up interviews and focusing less and less on actual beauty products or routines. I’d love to hear from someone who wears a full face of makeup and get the details on specific products.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for your note, laura! i hear you; we can definitely pump that up a bit. we do aim for a mix — since the series focuses on beauty holistically (what makes you feel beautiful, etc. as much as beauty products), we talk about beauty from an overarching perspective. but! our next one coming up is VERY into product. i think you’re going to love it:)

      here are a few past beauty uniforms that talk a lot about product, if you’re in the mood:
      https://cupofjo.com/2018/01/my-beauty-uniform-connie-wang/
      https://cupofjo.com/2016/11/stella-blackmon-beauty-uniform/
      https://cupofjo.com/2017/04/clair-farley-beauty-uniform/
      https://cupofjo.com/2016/05/beauty-uniform-reagan-baker/
      https://cupofjo.com/2015/06/gemma-burgess-beauty-uniform/
      https://cupofjo.com/2017/09/linda-rodin-beauty-aging-advice/
      https://cupofjo.com/2015/07/alice-gao-beauty-uniform/
      https://cupofjo.com/2017/09/my-beauty-uniform-clare-lyons/
      https://cupofjo.com/2018/11/nora-mcinerny-beauty-uniform/

    • Megan says...

      And I love the focus on holistic beauty over product, which I don’t really care about! So, the range seems like a great compromise.

    • janee says...

      I definitely prefer your holistic approach to beauty as it is currently the only place I have seen anything like it and it is beyond satisfying, for lack of a better way to put it. Actually, a post on what a “face full of makeup” is about from an adornment vs well-being perspective or along similar lines would be so interesting. Say, interviewed perspectives on a full-face person and a no-makeup person, not for taking sides, but to showcase or discuss the approach of each style. We’ve all seen those crazy intensive makeup tutorial video’s which I actually enjoy watching but nevertheless personally lean towards a no-makeup look. I always wonder why these girls who are totally gorgeous already go on to turn their faces into literal works of ‘art’. It’s both disturbing yet obviously a form of self care.

    • Ava says...

      I second this sentiment. Maybe have a separate feature for interviews about inspiring, leading women?

    • Hannah R says...

      This was exactly why I liked it.

    • Leah says...

      I love how thoughtfully you always respond to comments, Jo, even the more critical ones. Xo

    • Jackie says...

      I really disagree with Laura. But maybe to satisfy everyone, let’s have great interviews like this and also more product focused ones. Though again do we really need more products?! Are we really still searching for our external identity through another bottle? #doinittoourselves

    • Owl says...

      Variety is what makes these beauty uniforms so interesting for me! I hardly wear makeup, but I really enjoy reading about people who do use products and learning about that perspective. I am often surprised to learn that some women use so many creams and wear makeup every day! It gives me ideas, and often affirms that I am doing things in a way that is right for me. I also love hearing about people who have a different approach to beauty- one that doesn’t necessarily include many products! That is my approach, so I get a lot out of these types of posts. So rather than expecting every post to be tailored to my taste, I keep an open mind and enjoy what is presented in each post. I appreciate the variety, and would hate to limit the posts to only what I think I want because who knows what I would be missing out on! So thanks for these diverse beauty uniforms. Keep em coming! 😊👍💕

  86. Ellen says...

    LOVE! that you are including an athlete in this series! Way to go!

  87. Callie says...

    Wow. Might be my favorite beauty uniform ever.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      she’s a force!!

    • Anna says...

      She is fierce and fab! Thank you for sharing your beauty with us, Crystal!