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MOD Squad 19: Project Beauty!

Girls, we all know there's a lot of pressure these days to look perfect 100% of the time. Our society is constantly bombarding us with imagery in advertising reminding us that beautiful is a certain size or a certain look. That being physically flawless is the ticket to happiness and value as a human being. Don't get me wrong, it's important to feel beautiful. It's fun to get dressed up and let's face it, contouring makeup is an amazing art form. But, girls, I hope you know you are more than that. Life is about more than that. And beauty takes many forms. 

Myself as a photographer, and you as the face of my brand, we have the power to change the social media landscape by showing images of girls (you!) who are honest, true, beautiful, confident and possess self worth without makeup and Photoshop. Together can send the message that make up and dress up are fun but not necessary to be beautiful and live a well rounded life. 

Project Beauty will be a shoot that's real, that's honest, that's brave. The idea for this is not my own. A senior photographer named Thomas Nguyen started this movement and it has spread like wildfire with other photographers across the country. I'd be honored and super excited if you guys would join me in making a small ripple or big wave in this movement. 

The details are as follows: 

  • What: A photoshoot done entirely in black and white. The best images will be shared with you via PASS gallery, blogged and shared online.

  • Where: My home studio

  • When: January 20th or 27th. Please schedule your 30 minute time slot below.

  • How: You’ll wear natural hair, jeans and a white top, no shoes. Minimal or no makeup. In other words, look natural!

  • How much: Cost will be a donation to the charity of your choice. If you can’t make a monetary donation then volunteer your time. Any amount will do but I want you to pick a cause that really means something to you. Please provide proof of your contribution.

  • Why: I want to hear what all this means to you! Please fill out the interview form below.

Charities to consider:

These are a few organizations that hold a place in my heart. You can choose one of these or another one entirely, up to you.  

Rare Breed The Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center (RBYOC) is a unique place that promotes healthy relationships, resiliency, empowerment, and healing for Springfield’s young people. The Rare Breed collaborates with multiple agencies in the area to bring in the best programs for youth to overcome poverty and trauma and go on to lead healthy productive adult lives. The Rare Breed offers an array of services starting with the Street Outreach Program with the  goal of getting at-risk and homeless youth into our Outreach Center to build a positive relationship and provide basic needs.

Rare Breed takes monetary donations as well as donations in the form of packaged foods (protein bars, water, etc) and personal hygiene products. A list of needs is on their website

Women in Need Women In Need of the Ozarks has been assisting struggling working women since 2003. We are a not-for-profit organization designed to improve our local community by providing Women In Need the opportunity to enhance their self-esteem. WIN fills the gaps that other agencies provide too slowly – or not at all for many women. We pledge to provide resources necessary to enable Women In Need to become women of strength, and provide reinforcement as they develop the qualities of compassion, professionalism, and motivation.

Find out how you can volunteer or donate by visiting their website.

C.A.R.E. Castaway Animals Rescue Effort Millions of animals are euthanized every year in shelters. C.A.R.E. gives unwanted and unlucky animals on death row a second chance to find a family! C.A.R.E. was the first no kill shelter in the area and our unique cage-free shelter model greatly reduces the amount of “kennel stress” our animals will feel while waiting for homes. 

C.A.R.E. takes monetary donations, wish list items, and volunteers. Visit their website to see what's needed.

Care to Learn - Marionville Chapter For thousands of kids in Missouri, school isn’t just a place for learning. It’s a shelter. A kitchen. A refuge from suffering. For these kids, hygiene needs go unmet. Meals are  few. And clothes rarely fit. They come to school distracted by hunger and limited by embarrassment—their education an afterthought to survival. It’s for these kids that Care to Learn was created. The Mission of Care to Learn is to provide immediate funding to meet emergent needs in the areas of health, hunger and hygiene so every student can be successful in school. A toothbrush. A coat. Deodorant. Breakfast. These are the things that stand between children and belonging—basic unmet needs that cause pain and embarrassment.

Care to Learn takes monetary donations on their website as well as donated items. I'm working on getting a list of needs and will update when I have it. Also, I noticed many of your schools don't have a chapter. If it's in your heart I encourage you to see what it takes to start one. The Care to Learn Marionville chapter has impacted so many Marionville students in a such positive ways.

If you'd like to bring wish list items to the shoot for any of these organizations I'll be sure to get those delivered.


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