details on project beauty 2020
Project Beauty 2020 is a collaboration between myself and John Carroll University. Huge thank you to Dr. Tracy Masterson, Associate Professor of Psychology and her colleagues at John Carroll University for embracing this project and helping to spread the mission by sharing it with its students and helping to coordinate its efforts. Proceeds from Project Beauty 2020 will be donated to The Center for Balanced Living. The Center specializes in evidence-based treatment, education and prevention, and research in the area of eating disorders and foster balance in the lives of all persons served.
The campaign consisted of 31 high school students and 20 college students. Ages ranged from 14 to 22 years of age. Thomas Nguyen, a Cincinnati photographer, inspired me to create my own Project Beauty campaign after seeing the impact his campaign had on his senior girls. Thomas Ngyuen, in my opinion, is an innovator who inspires me with every image he shares. His creativity has no limits! Thomas and fellow photographer, Sean Brown, generously shared their own campaigns with other photographers around the country and encouraged them to create their own campaigns.
EJ Spark wrote and performed a song specifically for and inspired by this campaign, along with fellow artist, Ruby Santiago, and producers & mixers, Omito Beats and Mitchel Madak collaborated and created the song, Superwoman. Superwoman’s lyrics are about being a beautiful, strong woman. Superwoman can be downloaded from all music platforms! Check out EJ Spark’s video about the making of Superwoman here: The Making of Superwoman
Through this campaign, I was able to meet so many incredible young women from all over that I would never have crossed passed with as well as work again with others I’ve worked with before but in a totally different type of shoot. Each of them inspired me with their courage and willingness to share their thoughts on true beauty and/or the struggles they’ve faced. We asked students to share what true, natural beauty meant to them. We asked them to share any struggles they’ve gone through that affected their self esteem. Their stories inspired me. Such raw, honest vulnerability. Without words, their images moved me. They show their strength, courage and beauty!
project beauty live
Originally, we had planned an to hold a Project Beauty Art Exhibit. We wanted to fill the room with images of each participant and have guest speakers share their stories. I had to find a creative way to present this event and do justice to the mission of the project and the images of the participants. Unfortunately, to the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine restricted us from holding this event.
With the help of Jamie Greenwolf of John Carroll, we were able to present this information in a webinar format. Three of the participants shared their stories, Lydia Holman, Natalie Larkman and Julia Tousel. Other speakers included Jamie Greenwolf, Cheryl Ryland, CEO The Center for Balanced Living, and Counselor, Jessica Rudd. It is my hope that anyone listening took a moment to stop and think about what true beauty meant to them. Each of us allows social media to effect the way we see ourselves. We end up harshly judging ourselves. The Project Beauty message is good for all young adults to hear. You can watch the replay by clicking here: Project Beauty Live
As I stated above, this project is a fundraiser with proceeds going to The Center For Balanced Living. Its mission is raising eating disorder awareness, advocacy, support, and scholarship. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to this incredible non-profit organization by clicking here: Donations to the Center
more to come
The feedback I received from the participants inspired me. It made me believe that this mission can really make an impact in the lives of young women. Its a way I can use my talents to do good…to give back. My hope is for this to become an annual campaign. If Project Beauty continues to grow each year, we can help spreads the mission to more and more young adults.
Thanks again to everyone who had a hand in making Project Beauty 2020 a success.