Photography by Nicole Lopez Photography
Meet JaMya. She is Beauty Revived.
Being deeply rooted in the South of the United States but now living in the New England area, JaMya has had the advantage of seeing the real differences in the thought process and misconceive perceptions of people in both areas. I say advantage in that, she realized at an early age that all sides must be heard and it is perception the drives the decision process far earlier that actual story or the real truth. This has helped her deal with many insecurities as well as any misconceptions that she developed on her own. For this reason, the area of Law has been stamped on her heart, as well as being involved in activities that can bring the most genuine moments out of people. For example, she was given the opportunity to speak to her peers at the Eliza Carter Scholarship Foundation program, where the goal is to promote higher education in a rural area where college is not the first choice for most. This is a great cause and even more special in that this foundation honors her grandmother. The Foundation has the mission of restoring and repurpose with commitment to the community in fostering education as a trophy of success. JaMya’s involvement allowed us both to witness what a little push and the sincerity of believing-in can mean in the lives of our under privileged youth. Her engagement with the youth attending the program has been the most influential moment in her life. Her speech, not only touched the targeted youth, but grasp the attention of the parents present. This was more than a moment of delivery for her, in that the reception of her message was embraced by those, of whom before she moved to Massachusetts, roamed the elementary school halls along her side. It was incredible to hear parents whispering to their children to aspire to be like my beautiful daughter. Attending parents echoed, ‘Look at her, we can all learn from her words’. I was truly amazed at the youth response to her speech entitled “Feed the Seed”. This is where true beauty lies, not only did she motivate the audience, but I could see a profound effect on her. She told me that this verified her purpose of protecting those of an unforgiving society. She chose Law that day because someday it will be her avenue, that golden road of making a difference.
When she is not studying to become a future lawyer, JaMya participates in the National Honors Society, Spanish National Honors Society, Mock Trial, Community service (Earth Day, Franklin Beautification, UNICEF, Toy Drive) and Peer Mentoring. She says this is her way to give back, whether through volunteering, a mentoring moment or through her writing. She has a goal of encouraging others, especially those of her ethnicity, to be more than just a statistic. Her generation finds it hard for them to be who they are. This has been a personal struggle of hers in the past of conforming to society, from the way she looks to how she speaks. I am truly blessed and honored to have her as my daughter, and I know that this is her story to tell with the world being her platform for this best seller.
About the Photographer
Nicole Lopez Photography is based in Blackstone, MA and offers modern and creative photography to all of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, specializing in high school senior photography and weddings.