Rachael Hollingsworth is a survivor. Born in Brooklyn, she says she grew up a victim of gang violence as well as sexual and physical abuse. "After those experiences, I wanted to escape my own feelings of victimization," Rachael says. "Helping people less fortunate than myself gave me perspective—there's always someone who has it worse than you."
Giving Back Moment: I went to Dakar, Senegal, for six weeks in December 2004 to work with children who had nothing—not even parents. I taught song and dance, and it was just the most amazing experience of my life.
Food: Jamaican cuisine, especially sweet fried plantains
Movie Shawshank Redemption and Malcolm X
Type of Music/Artist: Whitney Houston
Dessert: Rum bread pudding
Time of Day: 2 a.m.
Indulgence: A beachfront Swedish deep tissue massage
Vacation The all-inclusive spa at Le Sport at Saint Lucia
Memory: Being in Jamaica when I was 18 years old. It was the first time I ever liked a guy who liked me back the same way! We were just sitting on a boat together, talking, underneath the Jamaican sun. It was a movie moment.
Snack: Orville Redenbacher Kettle Korn and vegan chocolate nut ice cream bars
Weekend Activity: Sabar and Djembe African dance