Behind the Scenes

Creating images is one of my favorite things to do. The art of hair with an avant-garde twist fills my team and I with a sense of joy, passion and accomplishment. Putting together whole looks isn't always easy, it is based on inspiration we find throughout our lives and infusing it with our creativity.

Here's a fun snapshot behind the scenes at my recent photoshoot with an awesome team of creatives, living our best life. 

Photographer- Adrian Osnaya

Wardrobe Styling- Jerick Perez

Hair & Makeup- Karla Emm

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GLIDE Gala - Love Overcomes

Over the past 50 years, Rev. Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani, GLIDE’s Co-founders, have shown first-hand that LOVE always triumphs. These are times when it is especially important to affirm that LOVE overcomes divisiveness, and brings people together. GLIDE believes in breaking down the barriers between all diverse communities and is more determined than ever to press onward with hope and love. The evening will also pay tribute to Amy Errett who recently stepped down after 22 years as Chairperson of GLIDE’s Board of Trustees and introduce GLIDE's new President & CEO Karen Hanrahan, and new Lead Pastor Rev. Dr. Jay Williams.

In honor of Amy Errett, CEO of Madison Reed. I continue to be inspired and in awe of such an amazing leader, business woman and human being. I’m so thankful to be a part of such a great mission & company at Madison Reed💜 #madisonreed #glidegala#sf #loveovercomes

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Valerie Von Sobel

A woman of vibrancy and class.

Recently, I came across a video of a fascinating woman by the name of Valerie Von Sobel. She caught my eye with the art in her fingertips and the delicacy in which she treats herself at 76. The level of care she has for herself proves to be timeless and everlasting. 

I was enchanted with the words she spoke, her tips on beauty with elegance, and by the way she spoke, with a twist of french. Enabling me to foresee into the future and know that one day, I hope to exude such a timeless beauty too. 

As a philanthropist, she is Founder and President of the ASRL Foundation in honor of her son Andre Sobel, whom was diagnosed with a malignant and inoperable brain tumor. Valerie Von Sobel is a recognized public speaker on the subject of caregiver support, a trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a charter member of the Women of Washington/Los Angeles, the Music Center’s Blue Ribbon Society, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Council of Women World Leaders, and a founding member of the Women’s Foundation of California’s Donor Circle. She has been honored and awarded as a woman making a difference for her philanthropic vision.

 

Valerie Von Sobel first discovered her passion for art and talent for the process of assemblage accidentally. Her medium is assemblage / sculpture, and she hopes that her expression will find favor. Working with shape, space, balance, texture, and odd materials to create dreamt one-of-a-kind assemblage and mixed media pieces.

She debuted her collection of two dozen provocative and quirky objets d’art titled, “The Curious Art of Valerie von Sobel” at Voila! Gallery in Los Angeles, followed by other exhibits and group shows, i.e. at the Santa Monica  Museum of Art, Thomas Schoos Night and Joannes Lucas Gallery as mentioned on her website. 

 

“Beauty alone used to inspire me in its myriad forms and expressions,” noted von Sobel. “But what has changed is that my eyes opened to perceiving objects differently…I now see the possibility of combining a caliper, a twisted root or a faded embroidery with a leaf or an insect. Many mundane objects once intermingled become so much more then the sum of their parts; they gain a new and superlative life…as have I.”

 

The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation  http://andreriveroflife.org

 

Yeonmi Park

 

North Korea is home to millions of people robbed of their freedom and living under constant fear for their life. Currently ruled by the brutal dictator Kim Jong Un, the people are living in an isolation and have been for the last few decades. We are not privy to much information about North Korea and the regime of power it is under, however, through bravery North Korean refugees speak out in hopes to create awareness of the world led by Kim Jong Un.

With my heart in my hands, I am inspired to share this video to shed light on the experience of Yeonmi Park, a North Korean girl who risked her life to flee the country in order to find freedom. She speaks out for the many Koreans left behind terrorized, executed and robbed of their human rights. 

 

“No humans deserve to be oppressed just because of their birth place. We need to focus less on the regime and more on the people who are being forgotten.”

— YEONMI PARK

 

For 7 decades, North Korean dictators have maintained and controlled its freedom of expression, economy and education causing the people of North Korea to live in extreme poverty, attend school for a price, be available for execution at their discretion, as well as continue operating concentration camps. The political crime or any act of rebellion committed by one person is reason for execution and condemned upon their entire family for the next three generations. 

There are many ways to help North Koreans, as stated below by Yeonmi.

1. Educate yourself so you can raise awareness about human crisis in North Korea.
2. Help and support North Korean refugees who are trying to escape to freedom.
3. Petition China to stop repatriation, we have to shed light on the darkest place in the world.
It isn't just North Korean Human Rights, its our rights that the North Korean dictators have violated for 7 decades. We need governments from all around the world to put more pressure on China to stop repatriation. 

 

 

Yeonmi was speaking at the One Young World Summit 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. The Summit brought together 1,300 young leaders with 194 countries represented to debate and devise solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.  -One Young World

                                                                                                         

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