Beauty and Fun Come Together with Pink Warrior Makeup Artistry.
Pink Warrior was blessed to be a part of a very special day for an incredibly strong woman. Ashley has been battling breast cancer and her friends and loved ones thought there was no better way to celebrate than to schedule a photo session with Casey Hendrickson. Casey, a photographer in the Charlotte area of North Carolina then asked if Pink Warrior could do makeup for this beautiful woman. It was a fun day and all the photos were breathtaking. Thank you Ashley for allowing us to be a part of your journey!
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Photo Credits: Casey Hendrickson Photography
I have had SO MANY women tell me that they wish they had my level of confidence. My own Pink Warriors have said this – that they want to be like me. I giggle at both statements because I have always struggled to be confident and to be strong. I have made MANY mistakes, felt ugly, been bullied, gave up, just to arrive here. Confidence and strength aren’t the lack of insecurity or fear nor are they limited to certain people with certain characteristics. Confidence and strength comes from making a decision to ignore your insecurities and fears and to enjoy life. It is simply doing the opposite of what insecurity and fear tell you to do – hide, be quiet, don’t try something new, think you are ugly, etc. So I did that – a boudoir shoot – the one thing I had always wanted to do but never thought I was pretty enough or in shape enough to do it. I wanted my friends to see that I was scared to death (and I was) but did it anyway because I wanted to – because I needed to – for me.
So what I am going to share with you now are not just the wonderful, perfect photos that were picked out of the many that were taken. I am going to show you the goofy, silly, “me being me” photos to get to the few that would be worthy of an album. Scott with Altered Ego Images in Charlotte, NC did a great job of making me feel comfortable. I had my daughter Lydia, my friend Elizabeth, and Scott’s fiance there helping me along because I had no clue how to pose! When I am uncomfortable I use humor to get past it – and I get past it! I had a great time doing this and Altered Ego Images did a great job with all my nerves and really dumb jokes during the whole thing.
So here you go – the reason that EVERY WOMAN that wants to do boudoir should – it isn’t because we are perfect – it is because we are women and we are beautiful in our own way! So don’t hesitate to do whatever it is that you need/want to do to feel beautiful. Its ok if it takes 15 silly or “bad” pics to get the one you want – and that is with anything – photos and life. So Enjoy!
So I get asked all the time…”Why did you name your business ‘Pink Warrior Makeup Artistry’?” It is way deeper than just liking the color pink or fighting with mascara wands! In this name I find strength, understanding, patience, fierceness, compassion, hope, loyalty, honesty with some pink pizzazz.
For a good part of my life I fought who I was..who I am. There was a time that I hated being a girl in school – at least one that wasn’t the prettiest, the most popular, or well spoken. I tried to cover my face with more makeup and hide my gapped teeth with my hand when I smiled. I was so sensitive and shy. My feelings would get hurt so easily and my heart ached for others in the same situation. As I got older I started enjoying who I was a bit more – maybe too much. Then a bad marriage with bad things made me once again hate being a sensitive woman so I decided to really toughen her up. I started being “direct” and “emotionless”. I became in a sense “one of the guys” but at the same time used my femininity to get what I thought I wanted but never showing my true self – so for a while – I hated pink. It used to be my favorite color – then it just signified my weaknesses.
Now – I know that Pink is what made me strong. Not the color – but actually embracing who I am. It can be anything for anyone – but for me it was Pink. I learned that being sensitive and caring doesn’t include being a pushover or a door mat. That I am strong because I am a woman – not in spite of being a woman. I also learned to accept people as who they show themselves to be. I may know that inside someone is “good” but I realized if they choose to be the opposite – then I must take that as truth. I have learned that I really do love others – a lot. My empathy as a woman is a wonderful gift that allows me to “feel” other’s emotions and truly help them how I can. My strength has helped me realize I don’t have to become their problem in order to help them.
A Pink Warrior is someone who…
…falls down and gets back up
…asks for help when they can’t get up on their own
…accepts others for who they are – regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc
…not only accepts others for who they are – but loves them for it
…who works everyday to accept themselves as who they are
…stands up for what is right
…uses whatever he or she is doing for good
…is a leader in one way or another
…can follow without resentment
…cries when they need to
…laughs every chance they get
…allows themselves to become angry
…learns to let go of anger and then to forgive
…serves others even when a “thank you” is never received
…allows themselves to be served – and then thank them for it
…finds something beautiful in everyone they meet
…is bold but not pushy
…makes mistakes – then owns them, learns from them, and fix them when they can
…understand that others make mistakes too
…does everything worth doing – to the best of their ability
…kicks fear, self doubt, hate, shame and guilt out of their life
So Pink Warrior Makeup Artistry is a group of talented, creative, fun, loving artists that go beyond makeup or hair – its their passion to help everyone understand their own inner and outer beauty. I am Pink and I am a Warrior – and I am proud to be a part of it.
Be Strong. Be Beautiful
When I was 14 years old, my sweet aunt gave me a book to help me feel more beautiful. More importantly, I think what she wanted me to see is the beauty I already had – what she saw in me – what she never could see in herself. She wrote “To my special niece Angela Marie Poole. From: Aunt Sue – Aug. 1988. Love always Angela.” The book was “The Way to Natural Beauty” by the very beautiful, super model Cheryl Tiegs. Up to that point I was always so very self conscious. Trying everything to be prettier – to hope others could see me as beautiful. I pored over the pages in this book – read them over and over to unlock the secret. The secret that freckles and gapped teeth, I felt, kept hidden. As I read through the pages, I realized that being “beautiful” was more than just the right makeup – especially the beauty that I was trying to achieve.
Beauty is defined in Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
1: the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit: loveliness
2: a beautiful person or thing; especially: a beautiful woman
3: a particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality
4: a brilliant, extreme, or egregious example or instance <that mistake was a beauty>
But the dictionary cannot give us the definition of what exactly is considered beautiful – because the very definition of beauty is defined and re-defined by our culture. When reading through the pages, Cheryl talks of being a size 8 when she was a model and only alarmed when she was above a size 10. At that time, beauty wasn’t a size 0 – by definition. Marilyn Monroe was also a size 8 but she looked completely different than Cheryl – different times – different definitions – but no less a beauty.
Classic, Natural, Exotic, Alternative, Non-Traditional, Simple, Elegant, Dramatic, Romantic, etc. are some of the many “types” of beauty. But if you travel from one country to another what defines these “types” are all very different. We, as women, are always trying to hit an ever moving, ever changing target of the definition of the time and place. We tuck, we stretch, we shrink, we tighten, we fill, we cover, we uncover, we grow our hair long, we cut it short…and that is world wide in one way or another. There is no difference in what the Kayan women who stretch their necks to 10 inches or more to the women who inject collagen into their lips. However, it is the reason they do it that makes the difference. Are these women doing it out of self-loathing or self-love?
You see, no matter the definition of the time, be it blue eye-shadow or dark, black eyeliner, how you carry it, how you feel about yourself is what truly matters. That doesn’t mean we have to love every single thing about ourselves. I won’t tell you to learn to adore the zit you just got on your wedding day! But to learn to accept ourselves as we are and to do things out of self-love will create beauty above and beyond any definition that can be given to us.
We already know that we cannot all look like the models we see (or think we see). What we can do, is realize that “beauty” is but a passing notion. That lasting beauty goes beyond just vision. None of us should even look at the models we feel are too skinny and say they are not beautiful. They are – you are – I am – because that is what I believe.
“The Way to Natural Beauty” was filled with healthy eating tips, exercise, natural ways to care for our skin, our body, and our mind. When reading through the pages as a 37 year-old woman, who no longer has the gapped teeth, but now, embraces her freckles and the few small wrinkles finally gets it. I do things to make me feel more beautiful – regardless of what anyone else thinks. It’s ok if you decide to stretch your ears, tattoo your body, have a face-lift – but do it because you already love who you are. Otherwise the definition of beauty you try to achieve will fade as quickly as the next magazine cover lands in your hands.
Be Strong. Be Beautiful