Monday, February 4, 2013

Swan Song

Webster's Definition of BEAUTY

: 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
: a beautiful person or thing; especially : a beautiful woman    
: a particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality
: a brilliant, extreme, or egregious example or instance

I love makeup, creams and potions. I really, truly do. Products help us feel good, and smell delish. Why not?! I enjoy empowering women (& men), to look and feel beautiful. I've painted supermodels and celebrities, recognizing in an instant what inner beauty means. The 'it factor', inner confidence, kindness, humility. You can't fake grace. There were 'beautiful ones' who were plain old ugly. 
Boring, ego-centric and demanding, I couldn't wait to escape.

Lovely comes in all shapes and shapes, the beauty that is Lizzie Velasquez. Born with a rare disease, Lizzie beats the odds every day. 23 years young, she is the epitome of pretty. 
Strangers gawk, bullies push. That won't stop her. Lizzie is making a difference and the world a prettier place.

"But she didn't let the bullying get her down. Instead Velasquez wrote two books: "Be Beautiful, Be You" and "Lizzie Beautiful." Now the young woman delivers motivational speeches to young students across Texas. She even created a YouTube video titled "It Gets Better," which has had nearly 2.5 million views since she posted it in 2010."