Photography by Janet Ramos Photography
Meet Elizabeth. She is Beauty Revived.
I was overwhelmed with excitement when I was selected to participate in the Beauty Revived project. The focus of this project is to highlight the inner beauty of a deserving young lady. It highlights a person who exemplifies selflessness, compassion, and a deep desire to help others. This person could have a gorgeous smile but would also genuinely have a beautiful heart. The task to locate such a high school senior with these qualities quickly became daunting. The challenge was never about finding a person with these qualities. There were so many amazing entries. The difficulty was selecting one person from a group of remarkable young ladies. Each one had a story of struggle, perseverance, drive, and hopefulness. I was humbled by their personal experiences and my heart struggled to choose. After much deliberation, I was honored to select Lizzie.
Elizabeth “Lizzie” is an extraordinary young lady. Her story is full of generosity, compassion, service, and an unprecedented love for helping others. Her efforts stretch from missionary work, to counseling children with cancer as well as being a tireless fundraiser for families facing financial hardships while battling cancer.
Lizzie grew up in Safety Harbor, FL and credits her parents with instilling a love for serving others. Her parent’s volunteer efforts at their church encouraged her to follow suit. She was exposed to the realities of suffering and poverty during trips to orphanages abroad. Her visit to a Honduran orphanage when she was only in the second grade made a lasting impact on her. It was then that she realized she would dedicate herself to helping others in need. She insistently praises her parent’s for instilling humbleness and generosity in her actions.
To say Lizzie lives an active lifestyle is a big understatement. At the Academy of Holy Names, not only is she a mission trip leader, she participates in all school plays, is the Vice-Chair of a school club, participates in 3 other clubs, and she also happens to be the captain of her cross country and track team. Add in the fact that she’s an outstanding student and she also leads a non-profit called Cross Out Cancer and you wonder where she gets such incredible energy to accomplish all of her amazing endeavors. Lizzie has achieved so much in her young life and her tireless dedication is a wonderful example for others. But even with all of her achievements, it’s her warm and caring heart that really shines.
Lizzie stated that she’s most happy when she’s directly supporting children with pediatric cancer. That’s a powerful statement that really paints a picture of who she truly is. During her volunteer work, she dedicates her time to helping sick children and their siblings feel “normal” during the most difficult times in their young lives. She calls these experiences transformative in ways that are simply beyond words. She’s a person of action. When her compassion is coupled with her drive, watch out. She started a 5K run that would generate donations for families. This endeavor led to launching a non-profit organization called Cross Out Cancer. She enlisted the support of her friends and family and before long she had 400 participants during the first 5K run. She raised $47,000. The next year she raised $66,000. All funds go to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital into a restricted fund set up specifically for cancer families in financial need. The funds help with repairs, treatments not covered by insurance, and sadly, funerals.
Summarizing Lizzie is simply impossible. When asked about what Beauty Revived meant to her, her words were too graceful to abbreviate. This is Lizzie and this is why she’s so beautiful:
“It makes me sad to compare what society thinks is beautiful to the true beauty that I wish people saw in themselves. I think Beauty Revived means changing that perspective, showing people that the beauty we should seek, that priceless aesthetic that truly makes people turn their heads, is the beauty in fulfilling God’s plan, the beauty at the center of the fires in people’s eyes when they are doing what they are passionate about, that beauty that rises when people break free from worrying about the pressures of society and instead offer their truest forms without fear. Think about it, the most amazing people we love and admire are not those who are stunning, drop-dead gorgeous. They are the ones who are so themselves that they are like beacons of light; you can’t help but look at them. I wish people saw the value in their personalities and in being authentic, because at the end of the day, we too will grow old and lose our outer appearance. Beauty as we define it is fleeting. But that inner light, that spark of passion and originality, now that lasts forever.”
About the Photographer
Janet Ramos specializes in High School Senior and Family Portraits based out of Tampa FL. As an Air Force wife for 18 years, she has dedicated her life to her husband and two children. Photography has always been a passion for her and is most happy when creating beautiful memories for her clients.