Name & Age:
Kathryn Dunn, 25
Dallas Mavericks Dancer; Television Personality/Event Host; Sports Reporter
A little background:
I’m a Texas girl through and through, as I was born and raised right here in Dallas, Texas. I am a graduate of Baylor University with my degree in Speech Communications, and I’m entering into my 3rd season as a Dallas Mavericks Dancer. Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve always wanted serve as an ambassador for my community. When I was 17 years old I began competing in pageants and have won the titles of Miss Frisco, Miss Plano, Miss Fort Worth USA, and Miss Dallas County.
An interesting fact about me is that I’m one of only three women in Pageant History to place in the Top 5 at both Texas America and Texas USA pageants, (Miss Frisco and 4th runner up to Miss Texas 2009; Miss Fort Worth and 4th runner up to Miss Texas USA 2011). I’m very proud of my pageant experience, as it helped me gain the necessary presentation and speaking abilities to make me successful in my career. I’ve worked as a commercial print model for companies such as Tony Bowls, Helen’s Heart, Dallaswear, and various Dallas Mavericks promotions. In 2014, I was featured on the cover of the DFW “Hot Issue”. While I enjoy doing print work, my real passion lies in on-air hosting and reporting. I have covered everything from tennis to basketball to arena football.
As I am working to break into the sports broadcast industry, I've discovered that my passion for sports stems from my love for the fans and game day experience. I'm working to become the liaison between the sport and fan community. I host a video series called "Inside the Revolution" geared towards the avid fans of Texas Revolution indoor football and I report on FC Dallas soccer for D210TV for Time Warner Cable Sports.
Beauty regimens and tips?
When I was 12 years old, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Luckily, I am able to keep my disease in remission through my diet and exercise. Not only does exercise help me FEEL my best, but it also helps me LOOK my best. D1 Fitness is advertised as “The Place for the Althlete”, but I also like to say it’s the “Place for the Dancer." They are a great sponsor for the Mavericks Dancers this year as they offer us boot camps and personal training sessions to help us look our best for the season. I always feel the most beautiful after I’ve conquered a week of intense boot camps and training.
I’m extremely prone to breakouts. In fact, this year I made it my New Years Resolution to make a conscious effort towards improving the condition of my skin. I always make sure to exfoliate with a Clarisonic brush, or get regular microdermabrasions to “scrape the barnacles off my hull”. Also, if I’ve had a long day of wearing camera-ready makeup, I will wear a deep-cleansing mask for 30 minutes before I go to bed. I highly recommend “The Stripper” body mask from Posh Cosmetics . You can use it on your body or face, and it will expel your pores of any toxins that may be polluting your skin!
As a former self-proclaimed “Tanorexic”, I now skip the UVA rays and opt for a faux glow. Since I’ve made the switch, I went from ALWAYS having a pimple, to rarely having a pimple. Even when I do break out, my pimples are much smaller and easy to conceal. No more dryness, no redness, and my acne scars have lightened considerably. To achieve your best “faux glow” I recommend the Versa Pro at Palm Beach Tan. I like to start the week off with a spray tan on Sunday, and then re-spray on Thursday just in time for the weekend. Looking for a one-night-glow? Sally Hansen’s leg makeup in Deep is a lifesaver. There has been many times that I have a last-minute appearance or event and with no time to wait for a spray tan to set, I slather myself in Sally Hansen and I’m good to go! This also is a lifesaver when it comes to covering light bruises, streaked or cracked spray tan, and even cellulite.
What are your favorite local DFW beauty brands and/or beauty related services?
Laser hair removal is the greatest luxury service I can recommend. I go to Laser beauty Medical Spa for my treatments because I always receive the greatest customer service and effective results. They offer more than just laser hair removal- they have hydrafacials, Chemical peels, dermaplaning, and facials. I’m also looking forward to trying the Eclipse Micropen Micro-needling treatment!
If you are always on the go like I am, eyelash extensions are a MUST-HAVE! I can wake up in the morning, put on a little concealer and easily look put-together. My friend Au’Jhante Thomas at Chanti Claire Studios always does a great job on mine. Or as we like to say, “eyelashes on fleek”!
Any must-have fall fashion picks?
Fall season is my favorite time of year because it is the introduction of BASKETBALL SEASON! The Mavs Hangar (located in Victory Plaza and the American Airlines Center) has really “upped its game” in recent years and now carry fashion-forward brands such as Gameday Couture, Peace Love World, and Columbia. My favorite Mavs season/Fall fashions find has been my Mavs Lucchese boots. If I’m not wearing my dance shoes, chances are that I’ll be wearing my Mavs cowboy boots!
If you could have dinner with any local DFW woman, who would it be?
This year I attended the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Golf Invitational Gala and I absolutely fell in love with Pat Smith! We come from similar pageant backgrounds and both share a love for community service, I know that we would have plenty to talk about!
Any last words or bits of inspiration for our DFW Beauties?
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, and NEVER give up!
It always surprises people when I tell them that Mavs was the first dance team that I had ever made. Growing up I auditioned for various dance companies and cheer leading squads, but didn’t make the team. The beauty industry is a hard one to break into. You may constantly compare yourselves to other women, beat yourself up over your flaws, or struggle to think you are good enough. It was hard to hear “no” over and over again but I never let it affect my heart or my passion for dance. Instead, I learned to hone in on my strengths as a performer and committed to be the best version of myself I could be. It still feels surreal to put on my uniform, see myself in the Mavs Dancers squad photo, and dance on the court of the AAC, but I did it and you can too!