Original article from: KMarie Photography

A few weeks ago Emily Owen (artistic enthusiast, and owner of Virgin Vintage) approached me about collaborating on a concept she had in mind, involving a little girl assuming the role of a make up artist, as a statement piece in terms of how beauty is viewed from the eyes of a child.

Here are a few behind the scenes shots of the first child, Arianna, in our little experiment (who happens to hold a special place in my heart aside from this project.)

It was incredible to see the creative process evolve in such an open ended mind. Before even meeting Emily, Arianna tossed around the idea of doing some sort of “rainbow” design, but as she gazed upon a smorgasbord of colors/glitters/brushes displayed before her there was no need for planning, she jumped right in layering color after color (and politely apologizing from time to time when she thought excess powder had fallen into Emily’s eye.)

After several wipes with a cloth to “clean up her lines” she settled on a look of “rainbows for eye shadow and pink rain clouds for cheeks” I can only hope that as this series continues to grow it serves as a reminder to be appreciative of the creative nature of children, be careful never to squander the “pink rain-clouds” or the uneven lines of innocence.

We take to much stock in squeezing ourselves into an idealized perfect..(guilty!) when perfect is the raw moment, a lip line that goes down to your chin, or a much needed spontaneous hug at the end of a beautiful collaboration.”

Thank you Arianna for teaching us all that perfection lives only in our hearts.

Warmest thank you to the talented KMarie Photography for documenting this splendid event.


4 replies
  1. Emily Owen
    Emily Owen says:

    Thank you Grace for the positive feedback! I feel the issues surrounding beauty in modern American culture is lacking a serious dose of reality. I began the project with the hope to shed new light on what appears to be a growing issue that will effect our young women’s journey in finding acceptance for who they really are. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Grace Durbin
    Grace Durbin says:

    I shared this in a group I admin, back when you posted it. It made for beautiful discussion. Personally, I thought it was beautiful . . . and intense. I’m glad you shared it!

    • Raymmar Tirado
      Raymmar Tirado says:

      She would be happy to know that. She has just done a second one and we will be publishing that as well when we get it from her.

      Just another part of the ever growing circle of influence. Let me know when you are ready to start contributing. I hope to open this thing up full throttle here by the end of the year. Hope to land a few more accounts so I can start throwing some real development dollars at the website.

      • Grace Durbin
        Grace Durbin says:

        I wish I knew what I could contribute! I’m a rambling girl, at best! BUT, I have been learning and absorbing more than you can imagine!

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