I've never been one to wear much makeup, if any at all - somehow I feel trapped under a layer of foundation. Yet I've often felt that I don't measure up to other women, especially those who spend the time on perfect hair and makeup. When I look at pictures of myself, I usually think I look okay, but I'm also quite talented at identifying what feel like flaws in my face or body. The idea of a photo shoot was outside my typical comfort zone, but I was also intrigued to see how the fashion "machine" could make me look.
The experience was an amazing memory, and I learned a lot more than I expected. Seeing everything that goes into creating a beautiful fashion image was a bit shocking - to see that an unnatural process (lighting, posing, makeup) is able to create a very natural looking image, opened my eyes to the reality of the imagery we see everyday in media. Kelliana was great with the makeup and styling, and made sure to understand what made sense for me and my personality. The photo shoot with Gia was a blast, and she made me feel comfortable and gorgeous. Leaving the shoot, I felt great and couldn't wait to see the finished product.
When I saw my images, I was floored. The pictures are absolutely true to who I am, and I feel like they show me in my best light. Seeing myself in this way has been unexpectedly freeing - I have finally proven to myself that I am beautiful, which somehow feels like permission to truly be myself, and be proud of who I am.