November 16, 2017 | In 1970 the song Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In won Grammy Awards for “Record of the Year” and “Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Group.” Stephanie Adams was born on July 24 of that same year, which was also exactly 73 years after the birth of legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart.
While many people are aware of Stephanie’s modeling for legacy periodicals that include Playboy (Miss November 1992 and additional editions) and her multifaceted and highly successful forays into the fields of business, investing, writing and marksmanship, a less known fact is that Stephanie loves to fly and would like to eventually become a pilot.
The exotic Stephanie Adams descends in part from Godgifu (the moniker in Old English usage essentially meant “gift of God”) Countess of Mercia or “Lady Godiva” of Coventry, England.
Both women are known for demonstrating a propensity toward philanthropy, and applicable to the relatives is one of many of Stephanie’s profound insights: “Natural beauty is a gift, but intelligence is true power.” As Stephanie states on her website, “God gave us both and we should be confident enough to recognize them.” Whether it is physical attractiveness or an infectious inner splendor one possesses, Stephanie Adams believes the following: “Enlightenment is a marriage of wisdom and spirit.”
Many aviators contend that flying is certainly an avenue of personal illumination and can be a literal expansion of one’s horizons. Stephanie Adams would agree. For instance, Ms. Adams was once a passenger on a British Airways Concorde supersonic commercial airliner.
Recalling the extreme altitude (approaching 60,000 feet), where the curvature of the Earth was discernible and the sky was a very dark blue, the airplane maintained and its blistering cruising speed (Mach 2.02 or approximately 1,340 miles per hour), Stephanie stated that flying “can indeed be a spiritual experience. One might sense they have ‘touched the face of God’ while soaring high into and above the clouds. Not only do you get a sense of embracing the celestial sphere and heavens, you are reaching above all that you know, venturing into a realm of peace, sanctity, and freedom.” (The partial verse Ms. Adams cited was written by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr., and is from his immortal 1941 sonnet High Flight.)
Although the journey aboard a Concorde provided many memories, Stephanie Adams confessed the following about her excursion: “I felt it fell short of a more impressive flight which was courtesy of NASA.” Even though sleek Concordes no longer transit the air corridor between New York City and England, Stephanie candidly remarked that she would still “never say ‘no’ to an opportunity of flying First Class on a British Airways one-way, nonstop flight to London.
Ms. Adams related that sometime after flying the Concorde she “had an opportunity to be chauffeured through the clouds by former military men who joined the New York Police Department Aviation Unit.” She vividly remembers the flight: “For over an hour we flew in a police helicopter throughout New York City in ways only law enforcement pilots are sanctioned to fly and in areas usually off limits, such as in close proximity to the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building.”
Stephanie noted, “We even ventured through airspace around the George Washington Bridge as if we were in pursuit of a suspect or answering an emergency call.”
Ms. Adams frankly remarked, “The journey had nothing to do with modeling or my business, but it was a lot of fun so I thanked the aircrew by posing for photos and autographing calendars. Talk about a bargain for me!”
Stephanie also revealed a preference for smaller planes. “They feel so intimate and personal,” she explained.
Without doubt her expressed penchant for more diminutive flying machines was shared by poet / fighter pilot John Magee, Jr., one of the thousands of American men and women who voluntarily joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, as he “topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace” while ensconced within the confines of his Supermarine Spitfire. Like Stephanie Adams’ ascensions, his flights provided the genesis for compositions.
One clue that may reveal Stephanie’s fascination with flight is that in some of her writings she references birds and the mythological phoenix.
Another classic story from Greek mythology is the tale of Icarus and Daedalus. Ms. Adams provided unique spiritual insights relating to this narrative and aviation: “Flight and the associated freedom can truly provide one with a heightened sense of the magical and omnipotence. However, one must always be wise enough to never go beyond the realm of common sense and safety.”
Several firms are now taking reservations for seats aboard spaceplanes that will be capable of suborbital service. Would Stephanie, a devotee of astrology, appreciate an excursion beyond the atmosphere? She answered the query with the following comments: “My business is named Goddessy for a very distinct reason. Goddessy is a portmanteau of ‘goddess’ and ‘odyssey,’ which when combined, is properly defined as a spiritual journey. You may alternatively call it an inner belief, an outer space, or a combination of both, but either way it can certainly relate to aviation and spiritual flight.”
Stephanie continued, “I have my own personal beliefs about religion, spirituality, space and overall energy. Being in space would not enhance or deepen those beliefs any more than they are already believed, but the locale would make me feel closer to what I will always believe to be ‘God’ or ‘Goddessy.'”
Short of air or space travel, Ms. Adams pointed out that, “Meditation is a form of ‘flight’ that enables one’s mind to spiritually and astrally travel beyond their body and be in tune with the heavens by way of inner spirit. Through the guided, peaceful, and effective practice of meditation, one can always learn to ‘fly away’ and be at rest [Stephanie was referring to the biblical psalmist’s expression recorded in Psalm 55:6] without the use of actual wings or even possessing a pilot’s license.”
Does Stephanie Adams plan to learn to fly? “Yes,” she replied before adding a caveat, “but I am a romantic so hopefully I will do so with someone equally as captivating as the actual flying experience.” Stephanie then noted that, “I’ve taken the controls of both air and sea vehicles, but you’d think I’d get my driver’s license first before doing those sorts of things. Someday, that will come as well.”
Determination is one of Stephanie’s admirable traits, as evidenced by being founder and chief executive of Illuminati, Inc., the parent company of GODDESSY and GODDESSY Organics, and leader of the nonprofit organization Illuminatius. Thus, the aim to achieve her goal of earning pilot wings will undoubtedly be accomplished at some point in the foreseeable future, and for the intrepid Ms. Adams this endeavor represents no flight of fancy.
While it is true that learning to fly will be a new adventure, for this supremely confident entrepreneur conquering the sky is not the limit. After all, in the past Stephanie has stated the following: “The magic of who we are and what we will become is an evolving possibility. . . .”
Meanwhile doors are opening wide for women in the aviation and aerospace fields, a development Amelia Earhart would likely have welcomed. Stephanie Adams, commenting on this trend, provided the following advice to females interested in pursuing such careers: “Never limit yourself because of other people’s stereotypes and perceptions. Dare to take flight with your dreams and remember that belief is only the beginning.”
20th Century Aviation Magazine thanks Stephanie Adams for her gracious cooperation during the preparation of this article and we wish Ms. Adams Godspeed in her quest to become a licensed pilot.