About a month ago, I started something that seemed a little crazy, but I felt compelled to do it. So, I did. Beauty Revived did so well in the Utah’s 50 Most Beautiful Women campaign and we learned so much about the beautiful women and their stories, I knew it was time to expand. My favorite group to photograph is high school seniors and they can sometimes be overlooked as people who inspire good. It is time to change that! I have searched and found 50 of America’s BEST high school senior photographers and, together, we have found America’s 50 Most Beautiful High School Senior Girls. To kick off the campaign, I have interviewed five of America’s leading senior photographers. This week will be dedicated to learning about them and what their thoughts are on beauty. On Sept. 15, we will be featuring the senior sessions. In February, all 50 of these sessions will be featured in a special edition of Senior Style Guide!
Today we meet Vickie Black. She the CEO of Senior Style Guide, the magazine and website for senior photographers. She is an amazing photographer and an even more amazing person. She has become a personal friend and quite the cheerleader for me. So thankful to have her with us!
Meet Vickie Black. She is Beauty Revived.
What does true beauty mean to you?
True beauty is not always readily visible on the outside. Because of this it can be a very difficult concept for people to embrace. We are bombarded by social media and society as to how we should act, feel and be. However battling our inner demons while balancing the societal pressures can be a full time job for today’s youth (Selfie’s anyone?).
True beauty is a balance of both the qualities and flaws that make us unique. We are not perfect but I believe that people who harness true beauty strive to do the right things, be present and conscious of the needs of others. This person realizes that every encounter should be met with kindness even though sometimes we fail. But they know to pick themselves up and try to do better the next time. True beauty is the embracing of our flaws, dealing with our demons of self doubt and striving to be us. There is only one you…embrace it.
Who, in your life, has been the greatest example of beauty? Why?
My children. Each day I am reminded of what beauty is through their actions, their world view and how they embrace others. They are not jaded to the world around them. They believe there is good in everything. Through them I strive to be a better person and see the silver lining in everyday life.
How can someone become more beautiful?
By being aware of those around them. Smile at a stranger because you never know what is going on in their life. Do random acts of kindness like holding the door for someone. Be a better friend, it is never too late to try. Be aware of the feelings of others. And most importantly, embrace that we are all flawed. There is no perfect ideal. But we were all created with a true inner beauty…it is just difficult to acknowledge at times. Silence the voices of self doubt in your head and embrace you.
How do you teach your children what true beauty is?
I try to encourage them to be themselves. I want them to not be chained to the fear of failure. I want them to express themselves and be who they want to be. They do not have to be like everyone else.
If you had one sentence to tell high school seniors about beauty, what would you tell them?
Be your true authentic self not some version of who society expects you to be…your opinion of you is all that matters.
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