I find fashion inspiring: it makes me dream of other worlds or people that I could be. Beautiful people and beautiful clothes set in exotic locations always look so delicious. After work I like to relax with a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and pour over glossy photo shoots.

One thing that I don’t like about the fashion industry though is the thin, “perfect” body image that it promotes with the help of editing. I think a lot of women become more insecure attempting to reach an ideal.

Enter Marinelle Jean Baptiste from Oh My Glam Studio. To launch her personal stylist business, she chose the girl next door as her model. The criteria? Friends and family nominate a woman for being amazing, brave, hard-working or for struggling with their self-esteem or health. Marinelle’s goal is to glam up everyday women with professional makeup and hair, and then turn them loose in front of a camera. When you look great and feel great, you are empowered to shine.

I fell in love with her concept right away! We had the privilege of teaming up with her to offer the makeup part of the photo shoot. We had such a great time on set with hairdressers Olga Novikov and Kaamini Deonaraine.

With the help of Photographer Gustavo Berardo, Marinelle and her team create glamourous looks worn by confident women!

The lovely clothes were generously donated by La petite robe noire and accessories the by French Fiasco.

Here is a little preview of the photo shoot, the edited versions will be released in the next couple of months.

 

MUA Alexandra Neill

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MUA Stephanie Campbell

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