Photography by Amanda Evans Images
Meet Madisun. She is Beauty Revived.
After the divorce of her parents in 2010, Madisun and her father went without speaking for over 3 years. They had always had a rocky relationship but this, unfortunately, made it much worse. Madisun chose to break the silence by reaching out to him and started visiting him and his family again in hopes they could work it out. She began to visit with them more frequently and during these visits she witnessed her step brother get a knife and threaten suicide, be entered into a mental health facility, and watched him struggle with severe drug problems. Without knowing it, during this time, Madisun was enduring mental and emotional abuse at the hands of her father. A week before her 16th birthday Madisun’s father requested a paternity test in hopes he could sign his rights over, but he was proven to be her father. Both her mother and she decided that counseling was in her best interest. This is where Madisun learned she struggled with PTSD, severe anxiety and depression. “My counselor, Valarie Harris, has helped me cope with my issues, and I am so thankful for her. I used to be ashamed of what I have been through, but over time I have learned that it is okay not to be okay” she said.
Despite the personal adversity in her life, Madisun is an extraordinary young lady. She has been a member of the National Honor Society for 3 years and this year she is the Vice President. She has been a member of Beta Club and FCCLA for 4 years, on the Renaissance Action Team for 3 years, in Senior Sisters for 1 year and has maintained an A/B average all four years of high school. While high school tends to be a time of self-discovery, a time to be tested with peer pressure and a time to lose who you are, that is not the case for her. Madisun is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. She is proof that you can do whatever you set your mind to and be the person you want to be no matter what life throws at you. She received the “People’s Choice Award” from Mrs. Lipscomb for helping a fellow student who did not speak English by communicating with them through Google Translate and also for being a positive force in her class overall. Madisun has helped organize a toy drive for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, which lead her to becoming the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Ambassador in 2015. For the past 3 years she has helped organize the Goodlettsville Police Department’s Relay for Life booth and organize and operate a benefit drive for a Metro Police Officer who was diagnosed with Leukemia. Madisun has participated in the Goodlettsville Fire Department’s Annual Run and Toy Drive for Kids to ensure that less fortunate children can have a wonderful Christmas. She visits an assisted living facility where she met a couple who suffered from dementia, Margie + Bobbie. When I asked Madisun about this she said “I love being with them and enjoy painting Margie’s nails and listening to Bobbie talk about John Wayne.” These were just some of the wonderful things I learned about Madisun as the nominations began to flood my inbox about how she has been a true inspiration to those around her.
I asked Madisun “what does beauty mean to you?” She said “Beauty to me is independence, the ability to be your true self unashamedly. It’s standing up for those who can’t, won’t, or don’t know how to stand up for themselves. It is being kind when no one else is there to see it, and not boasting about all of the nice things you’ve done afterwards. Beauty is the love you are willing to show and give to others despite your own circumstances.”
Madisun’s beauty shines like the sun, inside and out. Strong, selfless, kind, intelligent, determined, giving, compassionate and God-fearing are just a few words I can think of to describe her.
Madisun said “I want to use what I have been through as a story of hope for those who are struggling with similar issues, so they know they are not alone. Everything I have been through has truly changed my perspective. I have always wanted to serve people, but I didn’t know in what capacity until I recently met with a Marine Recruiter and realized that (Corps) is what God called me to do. I am planning on enlisting very soon.”
About the Photographer
Heeeey! I’m Amanda of Amanda Evans Images.
I am a wife, mom of two, daughter, friend and photographer. I live in Portland, Tennessee (Small Town, USA). I am a simple girl who loves football, t-shirts, pizza and lazy Sunday’s hanging out with my family and two Rottweilers. I love natural light and creating beautiful images that are classic and timeless.