Hey everyone! Welcome to the wonderful world of beauty! So, this is my first time ever contributing to an online magazine and I have to admit I am kind of nervous but very excited.
Before I start posting, I figure, I will give you an introduction to myself and my philosophy about beauty.
My name is Jasmine. I am 27 years old and from Cleveland, Ohio. Beauty certainly wasn’t my first love. I was such a tomboy growing up and I had major self confidence issues so I never thought in a million years that I would be so into makeup or hair as an adult. My first love was … the WNBA. I aways thought I had a future in sports. Then, one day I realized I don’t have an athletic bone in my body so I became a super nerd (and proud).
My second love was math and science. I loved everything about it until I went to college pre-med and realized how bored and uninspired I was. So I left and I joined the Ohio Army National Guard. I began to figure out who I was, I traveled and met new people and I experienced parts of the world people only see on the news or read about.
Fast forward to today I FINALLY figured out my calling. I figured out what I am truly passionate about.
Currently, I am a college graduate pursuing law school. I realized one day that I have a voice and I want to use it to benefit my community and my sisters. My mom always told me to be a lawyer because I argue so well. I guess she knew way before I did what I was meant to do. I want to be a civil rights attorney and advocate for minority and women’s rights.
So, what does any of this have to do with beauty? Well most of it nothing, except that as well as finding my calling I also learned to really love and appreciate myself. I became a fan of who Jasmine is. I went natural, I took better care of my body, and I began to speak positivity into myself. The better I felt about myself the more I felt comfortable with makeup, new hairstyles, and my body.
I got into makeup a few years ago and quickly realized I was horrible at it. I probably watched more YouTube than anyone ever should just to learn techniques and trends. I enlisted the help of a couple of my professional MUA friends as well, and then I practiced, practiced, practiced until one day I got it.
Now, for my philosophy about beauty…
Some people say “beauty is only skin deep” and I could not DISAGREE more! I believe beauty is found in the soul. I believe becoming a beautiful person inside outweighs external beauty any day. I also believe that you feel the most beautiful on the outside when you feel beautiful on the inside. My journey to self discovery and self appreciation led me to truly believing I was beautiful on the outside as well. I had to silence all of society’s influences and opinions about what beauty is supposed to be and discover what it is for me.
I encourage everyone to discover their own internal beauty but I know that we all have those days where we just feel blah. So, for those days I say get out your makeup bag, add those lashes, highlight that cheekbone, and ombre those lips. Feel like the beautiful queen you are and dance to your own beat!