THIS IS ME CAMPAIGN FIRST STARTED around July 2019 and it is going strong. The main purpose of the campaign is to encourage and empower women who are in the age range of 30's, '40s to 60's by creating beautiful and powerful portraits showcasing their own unique beauty and strength. That no matter what their age, color, or body size to help remind them how incredible and extraordinary they are. 

What I love about doing this campaign is that these women have gone through so much in life and yet where they are now, they are fully loving and embracing in their journey. They are stronger than ever been and by sharing their story through this campaign, hopefully we can change, give hope to someone's life and make a positive impact to women who can use some positive encouragement. Each and every one of us have a beautiful and unique story that needs to be told and shared.

Each woman who are selected for the project gets to experience her own Magazine-style portrait session and be finally SEEN by her own self. Because it always started with YOU first. 

THIS IS ME CAMPAIGN FEATURE: MARIE

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THIS IS ME CAMPAIGN FEATURE: MAKEBA

"I read one that perfection is the highest form of self abuse; however, I believe that we are perfectly unique. I see beauty in everything and everyone that I encounter." -Makeba

INTERVIEW WITH MAKEBA


Have you ever struggled with the idea of conventional beauty?


Honestly, I thought far skin and light eyes were considered most beautiful. I never received brown dolls as a little girl. I was conditioned to hate myself due to the constant reminder that I was too dark to be considered attractive.


Tell me your story!


Unfortunately, my mother passed when I was an infant due to an inoperable brain tumor. I have only one picture of her that I hold close to my heart. I look exactly like her! What I'm ultimately trying to say is that people have told me that I'm beautiful inside and out. It was difficult for me to believe because of the way I've been treated. Through all of that, I've received a formal education. I have a bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership from FPU and am currently enrolling in the Forensic Psychology Program in Bakersfield. It has been a long, hard road; however, I have been strengthened by it.


Learning about beauty from a young age... I was raised in a town that was predominantly Caucasian. I attended Catholic school from Kindergarten until 8th grade. I was bullied and teased because of my skin. "Burnt toast" and "Raisin" were my bully's favorites. I completely stopped talking especially in class because I loathed the attention. All attention that I received was negative because of the way I was born. My teacher called my father and told him that I was mentally challenged. What she didn't know is that I was reading books at age 2.

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