I have been surprised recently with how many women have been telling me that they want their daughters to see images of them that make them look beautiful. Women often create tasteful boudoir, glamour and beauty images as a gift to their significant other or just as a gift to themselves. Sometimes they want to record how they look at that particular point in life. But now I am hearing this new reason: to display their beauty with their daughters.
I am so pleased to be hearing this! What an opportunity for further bonding between mother and daughter, especially as the daughter is maturing. And I can't think of a better way to educate your daughter about what physical beauty is really all about. It's not all about the commercial image we have today in the media - an ideal that most women cannot possibly obtain. Why, even top models say it takes hours of makeup work for them to look like their commercial image! And many are photoshopped far beyond what they look like in real life. It's important to teach our daughters that every woman can be beautiful. To teach them that beauty in the media is altered to something that is basically impossible in real life (it's pretty, but it's not real). To teach them that there is beauty in the normal and average women we see everyday. To teach them that their mother is beautiful. To teach them that they are beautiful. What a beautiful gift to give to your daughter!
Hair and Makeup: Jame Leydecker
Poet: Jean Robey
Photographer: Ron Brewer Images