People You Need to Know Women’s Magazine Spotlight: Renée Knorr
Fashion-Knorr-bly Determined ~ Beauty and the Green
By Robin LoRé
There is a theory that our given name often defines our destiny. Many believe that who we become and what we accomplish may very well be determined by what we are called. If there was ever proof of that theory, it would manifest itself in the woman who is … Renée Knorr. Ms. Knorr endlessly re-invents herself; a haute couture fashion model, an executive producer, a fashion director, a mother, a mentor, a golfer, a humanitarian—and a soon to be author. She is all these, yet remains grounded, devoted and dedicated to her passions through it all. A renaissance woman to the core, it doesn’t surprise those who know her that Renée is a French name meaning “re-birth” or “re-born.” If you wanted to take the name game theory one step further, then Renée was doubly blessed. Born and raised in one of the most beloved cities in the country, it has been called The City of Saints, The City of Mystery and, most famously, The Big Easy. There is no doubt that the vibrant New Orleans influenced Ms. Knorr. It was where she made her very first transformation. Her stunning beauty launched a successful modeling career, but her intelligence allowed her to evolve into a savvy, globe-trotting businesswoman.
A decade ago, Renée decided to call Atlanta her home. The rich diversity, abundance of culture and large concentration of Fortune 500 companies proved to be a perfect fit for this multi-talented powerhouse. She quickly became a true Atlantan and set about bringing her substantial energy, lust for life and extensive experience in fashion to—“The City too Busy to Hate”.
Her newest reincarnation is rapidly becoming the perfect place for her to combine her fashion talents and experience, philanthropic interests and love of golf, all under one roof. As Fashion & Beauty Director of The 19th Hole Magazine, she is on a mission to re-invent golf.
An avid golfer herself, Renée noticed a lack of women and teen girls playing. She made a commitment to empower more females to learn and play the sport. Also on the agenda—a desire to help more young ladies pursue a college education with the assistance of golf scholarships. The result was a collaboration with The 19th “Girls Golf by Day, Ladies Night Out” event and Future Seekers. The Atlanta based non-profit helps teens achieve and set positive future goals. In three years, Renée has mentored over 100 students of Future Seekers.
On the fashion front, Knorr is bringing high style to the game. With the expansion of The 19th Hole Magazine’s Golf Chic, Golf Glamm Fashion Shows and editorial photo shoots, she is helping make The 19th Hole Magazine golf’s most fashionable publication, even more stylish than it already is. She stays a major player by accepting various celebrity judge and hosting invitations, some of which include: the 2011 Miss Georgia Latina Pageant, Rene Miller Atlanta’s Best 3.0 Jazz, the 2011 ABMDC/Project Fashion Show, Keynote Speaker of DreamMart International “Dreaming in Living Color” – A Golfer’s Dream, a panelist speaker of Spelman College and now being featured in People You Need to Know Women’s Magazine. All of which has earned her the title of “Ms. Atlanta Fashion.”
Her mission is to help realize the goal of The 19th Hole Magazine becoming a global brand. She’s well on her way to doing so. In February, she completed the 1st Global Golf Model Search. The five winners will grace the cover of the 2011 summer issue. The chosen winners were: 2011 Miss United States, Jessica Black; America’s Next Top Model 2009 Anna Maria Bradfield; former figure skater and singer Lexi Walters; dancer, actor, and University of Georgia student, Martha Kim; and former basketball star and beauty, Synthia Beauvais.
In June, she kicked off a “Girls Golf Day & Ladies Night Out” affair for The 19th Hole Magazine. It was the first all girl and all women golf outing and clinic for the company, which was in recognition of Women’s Golf Month and Black Music Month. She is also working toward completing her book, Soaring Beautifully With No Limitations. “I was inspired to write this book from my life experiences of learned opportunities impacting others lives. I will dedicate this one to my fans on Facebook”, says Ms. Knorr.
Renée Knorr has indeed lived up to her namesake. Her tenacity and faith transformed her from self-proclaimed, “ugly duckling” to enlightened swan. She realizes the majesty of helping other women bring their own inner beauty and talents to the surface. She has an innate knack for evolving herself and brings that spirit to all of her endeavors. This includes her latest role at The 19th Hole, where golf is becoming “A Whole New Game.”