The woman who stunned the world with her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2007 is still alive. Yvonne Swann is an inspiring example that beauty and vitality transcend chronological age. Her radiant appearance is captivating to all who encounter her, and she attributes her invigorating spirit and luminous complexion to her meticulous skincare routine. Her mantra serves as a powerful reminder that investing in self-care can yield remarkable results, regardless of one’s age or circumstances.
Swann is a Sinixt Native American from the Colville Reservation northwest of Spokane, Washington. She was a mother who lived on welfare with her two young children and her sister’s family when she found herself in a nightmare situation on Aug. 12, 1972. Her son was playing outside when William Wesler, a suspected child molester, ran after him. He tried to grab her boy and drag him into his house, but he broke free. He then ran to his babysitter’s house, where Swann shot him to death.
She has since worked in a variety of health care settings, dedicated to treating patients with an array of psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders and trauma and stressor-related disorders. She advocates for a holistic approach to patient care, incorporating physical and nutritional health, resilience skills and personal goals into treatment plans. She has also served on the boards of the American Indian Law Alliance and the International Indigenous Treaty Councils.