The reason I wanted to be part of this program was because of what it did for women;
Women of all ages, cultures, shapes and sizes.
Women that walked in with their proverbial 'tail between their legs', and walked out tall, poised, proud and feeling good about themselves.
I was honoured to be part of this program.
Part I of the program was to write a brief essay on what beauty meant to you. The essays were beautiful, and very synonymous in that they each spoke more of inner than outward beauty.
The second part - and I participated in this as well - was the makeover….
You literally handed yourself over to a team of hairstylists, makeup artists, wardrobe specialists and even a professional jewelry consultant and they took care of you so that your outward beauty matched your inner.
Participants were given a bag full of goodies to take with them as well.
Part III was the photo shoot. You were posed and lit and photographed to capture the new you - and you were able to keep a photo from the session.
Finally, the voting;
Albums, broken down into three age groups, were put up on 10 different Facebook pages for public voting. The top 9 were selected out and then a panel of professionals finished the task.
Today, I'm thrilled to announce the 3 winners of the Face of Pink Ink 2014/15:
When I think of beauty I think of the glow from confidence. As women, we often shame ourselves into believing we aren’t good enough or tall enough or pretty enough or young enough... but what I’ve learned in my 63 years is that when we have confidence we are all of these things and more. Confidence, no matter the source, can help us walk taller, speak first when meeting people and take the first step into a world of future possibilities. I gain confidence from all things feminine, not frilly. I love beautiful make-up, shiny hair, a crisp white blouse and a great pair of stilettos. These outward traits of societal beauty help us blossom to the point of seeing the true beauty of a soft smile, a kind word or a helping hand. Beauty is knowing you are loved and honored for what you give to the world. True beauty is the gift of experiencing joy as we pay it forward to the next heart.
Mary-Ann Cuglietta Fougere!
Beauty is not just the outside, but the inside. Being kind, generous, friendly and a good person makes you a beautiful person. I believe when your inner beauty is in place, you exude outer beauty.
I have struggled with confidence because I mistakenly associated beauty with looking a certain way. I finally became more confident when I started to realize we all have the capacity to be truly beautiful and appearance has little to do with it. It’s about knowing, accepting and loving yourself. It’s about being brave, confident and standing up for what you believe in. It’s being able to laugh, even in the hard times. The most beautiful people I know not only love themselves, but truly care about others and work very hard to fight against injustice and oppression and do it all with a genuine smile on their face.
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From Jen and Rita of Pink Ink:
The 2014-2015 Faces of Pink InkWhat a whirlwind of a summer. We had a fantastic time with FOUR Face of Pink Ink photoshoots this year. We have to thank all of you for helping to choose the three women who will represent Pink Ink as well as our sponsors for helping to provide the ladies with an experience they will not soon forget. We are so excited for them AND for us. We have a social worker, teacher and business entrepreneur! They are diverse, beautiful and we are honored to have them. They will each be featured on our blog in the month of November. Thank you to our judges - Denise Pelley, Michelle De Corneille Sullivan and Carmina de Young our guest judges for helping make this difficult decision.
|Michelle De Corneille Sullivan|
|Carmina de Young|
Last year's winnersJESSIE
For more information on The Face of Pink Ink or to learn more about next year's contest check their website here.
Love and gratitude to all of the sponsors of the program and the team members that made it all happen. Please send some love to Gold Sponsor: Lynn at ENJO Canada and click any of the ad links at the bottom of the blog to shop/consult with the other businesses involved.
Congratulations to everyone that participated in the program - we truly hope you all feel beautiful.
Have a great one!