In her own words
True beauty is not about what’s on the outside, but what’s on the inside that shines out. True beauty is being able to find the good in every situation and every person. It is taking whatever life throws at you and keeping a positive attitude, allowing obstacles to make you stronger and more understanding of others, like a flower that grows through concrete. “A flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” It is being kind to everyone you meet. It is a good sense of humor and a light and loving heart. If you are beautiful on the inside, it shows on the outside.
How did not wearing any makeup make you feel?
For the first hour, I felt exposed and vulnerable. I felt as if everyone was staring at the flaws I obsess over in the mirror after I wash my face every night. The acne, the scars, the shiny forehead, the lines beneath my cheeks. They could see everything. EVERYTHING. But as time passed, I began to feel a lot more free and confident. Everyone could see me the way God created me. And God doesn’t make mistakes, so who am I to judge? Everyone should go a couple days without makeup. I definitely felt more beautiful and comfortable in my own skin after realizing that nobody else even noticed those lines beneath my cheeks. I realized I am way harder on myself than anyone else.
Thinking about it, what did your session mean to you?
To me, my session meant encouraging natural beauty and letting others know that everyone has flaws and their flaws are beautiful too. Embrace it. You yourself are your beauty. Your skin, your personality, the way you treat others, your confidence, your outlook on life,etc.
What are your thoughts or how do you feel about Project Beauty?
I believe project beauty is a great way to embrace natural beauty opposed to the makeup craze of 2017. I am a strong believer in doing whatever makes you feel beautiful. If makeup makes you feel beautiful, then wear makeup!! But Project Beauty works to show that even without makeup, everyone is beautiful.
Has this experience changed how you see yourself?
Yes, this experience has shown me that beauty isn’t what’s on the outside. If you have a beautiful mind and heart, it will show through your skin. Through this project I’ve learned to love myself for who I am. I now see myself for who I am on the inside rather than as my flaws on the outside.
Testimonial. Could you share your testimonial?
I have this obsession with keeping my face matte. I’ve always had oily skin and struggled with acne but coming into high school, I was told a shiny face was not a desirable look. People would point out others and talk about them having a “greasy” face. The word greasy doesn’t necessarily have a positive connotation either. I looked back on pictures from middle school where I thought I was a makeup guru, but really I was just a greasy mess. Starting freshman year, I wouldn’t be caught dead without my powder. I carried powder every where I went and I powdered my forehead and nose every chance I got. I was going crazy trying to meet everyone else’s standards. However, today’s trend is contouring, and with contouring comes highlighter. But even with this new fad of highlighter, I was still constantly powdering my face. While other girls looked amazing with those sparkling cheekbones, every time I looked in the mirror after applying highlighter, I saw that seventh grade version of me after a long day of middle school. Just recently I’ve come to realize that I am much harder on myself than anyone else. I realize now that the things I dislike about myself, other people may love and seek after, like a shiny face. And even then, beauty isn’t what everyone else expects out of you. Beauty is embracing your flaws and wearing your skin as if it’s a perfectly fitting million dollar Sherri Hill. After working with all these girls in Project Beauty and hearing their struggles with self image, I realize that my flaws are what make me, and I should not be ashamed. I should be proud of them. To me, beauty is a choice. If you choose to be beautiful on the inside, and you do get to choose, then you will radiate beauty on the outside.
There will be a reveal Monday August 14th (stay tuned for the location announcement) where you can come see all the images we captured and to learn more about Project Beauty. If you’d like to schedule your own Project Beauty shoot in order to help this worthwhile project you can do at Project Beauty.