I grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by beauty and the entertainment industry. Sadly, I was not a classically pretty girl and was told often that I was overweight and needed facial plastic surgery from family members and their friends, as early as the age of 7. I was given perms and crazy a-symmetrical haircuts, many failed attempts to make me "beautiful".
Finally, in the middle of high school, my plastic surgery appointment was booked. Of course, I refused and instead decided that I needed to take the way I looked into my own hands. I experimented with makeup and made tons of embarrassing mistakes. A not so fond memory was a smokey eye look that was confused for a black eye by a concerned school mate. His concern was replaced with laughter when he realized that both eyes were symmetrical. Horrifying. I finally got it when I stopped trying to create something that wasn't there and instead began to work with my natural features.
I believe the way you look should represent who you are as a person and how you want to be perceived. I write books to empower women by teaching them how to create whatever look that is. I share amazing tricks and tips that I've learned in my over 20 years in the beauty, fashion and entertainment business where I've worked with thousands of women in various fields from celebrities, fashion designers, high powered executives, scientists, athletes and musicians. Ultimately my goal is to help women everywhere find their own beauty.