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Woman of Wilson: Taylor Corlew

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Taylor Corlew

History is full of dynamic Mother-Daughter duos - Melissa and Joan Rivers, Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn, Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner, Wynonna and Naomi Judd come to mind as proof that having a fabulous parent makes the child all the more fabulous.

That is true for Wilson County's Taylor Corlew. Taylor is a lifelong dancer and owner of Diamond Academy of Dance in Mt. Juliet. The brunette beauty is also the daughter of Ms. Senior America, Carolyn Corlew.

Carolyn, a longtime vocalist in the Charlie Daniels Band, was crowned Ms. Senior Wilson County at the Wilson County Fair in 2012. She next become victorious in April 2013 at the state pageant where she was crowned Ms. Tennessee Senior America. At the nationwide pageant held in Atlantic City, N.J., that October, Carolyn became Ms. Senior America 2013.

"I am so proud of her. She is so beautiful, not only on the outside, but her heart is golden," Taylor said. Perhaps that is why she named her mother as the woman she most admires.

"She is the strongest person I know. She is selfless and has always put everyone else before herself. She is strong in her faith and works hard at everything she does," Taylor continued. "I do not see how she keeps it all together - but she does. She is my hero."

Taylor shares her hero with half-sisters, Cayce DeQuasie and Ashley Cardwell. Although she is not yet married, Taylor hopes to have a family someday. In the meantime she is a mom to her dogs, Harry Winston, a Pomeranian, and Benz, a Black Lab. She also has a fish named Glam.

"I adore children and cannot wait to be a mom - but all in good time," she said.

Taylor, a graduate of Wilson Central High School and 2010 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, works with girls of all ages at Diamond Academy of Dance. Diamond Academy of Dance offers a wide range of classes including tumbling, tap, hip-hop, jazz and ballet.

"I have danced my whole life and it is my passion," she said. "I knew I had to do something I loved and teaching is when I am happiest."

When she isn't teaching, Taylor enjoys shopping, going to the movies and exercising.

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