PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIA PONCE,Â PONCE PHOTOGRAPHY
CREATIVE DIRECTION BY D. GRAHAM KOSTIC | WRITTEN BY ELLE EICHINGER
Monika Dixon arrived to our photo shoot like a ray of sunshine: her blonde hair and sunny yellow blouse (from her go-to boutique, Sarca) a reflection of her cheerful personality. The European beauty immediately struck up a conversation with our photographer (the glowingly pregnant Maria Ponce), giving advice on pregnancy and laughing at its downsides. That genuine concern for other peopleâ€”and enjoyment in sharing their experiencesâ€”is what drives the PR princess in her charitable work as well, most notably with Friends of Conservation, Bear Necessities, and a local Polish organization. But being involved with philanthropy is about more than just doing the right thing; itâ€™s also about surrounding yourself with other truly good people.Â â€œEverbody who is involved in charity, they all want to be there,â€ she says. â€œThey want to give their time and their love and their passion to the charity. And you can always count on them.â€
For her part, Monika serves on host committees for gala events, or helps publicize and produce events from a PR standpoint. It’s a perfect blend of her personal passions and professional prowess: she owns an eponymous PR firm. Charity galas mean gala gowns, and Monika, though casual day-to-day, knows how to turn on the glamour like the best of them. When she recently served on the host committee for Friends of Conservationâ€™s Conservation Ball, she put together the perfect high-meets-low ensemble. â€œYouâ€™ll never believe what I wore,â€ she giggles. â€œI found a white vintage evening gown in Hawaii for $6. Iâ€™ve had it for years and I just pulled it out.â€ She paired it with a luxe ostrich vest and Lanvin heels. Thereâ€™s a lot to be said for pulling together such a killer outfitâ€”itâ€™s an easy metaphor for how pulled together Monika herself is.