Me, Only Better: My Modeling Story

I’m a model! Ok, I was a model for a half hour. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine saw a post on Facebook looking for women who own their own businesses in our area to model jewelry. The photo shoot was part of a campaign promoting female entrepreneurship. Sounds fun I thought! And, to be honest, I’ve always wanted to be professionally made up… I could not wait to have someone else transform my face.

So, I applied to Brynn Hudson Jewelry and received an email saying that they had received an overwhelming amount of responses (go women of SOMA, who knew you had so many entrepreneurs!), but the truth was they were looking for a range of ethnicities and professions. I figured blonde, white graphic designers are pretty much a dime a dozen, so I’d be out. BUT NO! I was selected and I was psyched!

Above you can see the before and after makeup shots. I loved the whole experience. I wish the makeup woman would come visit every day and make me look like that. As I said to her, “Wow, it’s me, only better!” She then told me that was Bobbi Brown’s makeup slogan, so apparently I’m not as creative as I thought.

The photographer, Ananada Lima had a vision for each woman. I don’t know what most of the other women wore or did, but I did see a food blogger brandishing some radishes in a sort of Earth Mother outfit and a super cool Ethiopian woman who runs a nonprofit organization decked out in African garb with lots of Brynn Hudson jewelry. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the campaign—the women I met at the shoot were interesting and talented, and the jewelry is quite fabulous.

Anyhow, for me, the concept was to be very simple and graphic—black and white and symmetrical. I was asked to create a simple logo of myself and sport a t-shirt wearing the logo (complimented by the jewelry of course!). I thought the idea was great so we went back and forth a bit on the logo design, and this past weekend we had the shoot. The final photos won’t be released for a bit (as the campaign is slowly rolled out one woman at a time), so you’ll have to wait to see the final product. But I promise I “smized” my hardest in those pictures. (For those of you who don’t watch America’s Next Top Model, that’s Tyra’s frequent advice for models to “smize, or smile with your eyes,” which, btw, is really hard and I’m not sure I accomplished it at all).

Watch out Kate Moss and make room for the women of South Orange and Maplewood. We’re us, only better.