Recently our secretary Scherly Durandis interviewed Valerie Anselme, the lead on The Flawed Beauty Project and the creator of the inspiring video #ENOUGH, a class assignment has turned into a video that has touched many people - letting them know that being themselves is #Enough. To watch the video, click here.
When were you passionate about the flawed beauty project? How did this begin?
My passion began in 2013 and has been a passion of mine since.
First idea I had was to make a photo book for the Adventist Hospital in Haiti. After starting taking pictures, I shared it with workers and those in the hospital and they were amazed looking at the photos. That was a memorable experience for me because I got the chance to see how the pictures can touch people's lives.
What made you do The Flawed Beauty project?
I wanted to do a project that stood out and was different than what people usually see. I wanted to do a natural hair theme but many people have done it, so it was back to the drawing board for me! I thought more about it and knew I wanted to touch people's lives. Then I started thinking about flaws. I researched Richard Alvedon and studied his styles and pictures. They were always so raw and it shouted the person's personality. I thought more about what way I want to go on and I knew people were big about being self conscious. So I figured that maybe this can be a project that can be helpful to people, and to give others the chance to speak about their flaw.
The people that you have in the video or photoshoots, were they self conscious at first?- Since it is about a flaw they feel that they have?
Well it depends because some people are confident about showing their flaws. But for those that do get that way, I tend to get in a conversation with them and befriend them. We would talk about the flaw and experiences, and give a chance to open up more so it can be a bit more comfortable. By doing that they eventually see that you’re a person too. A photo shoot is an hour long and hopefully that is enough time to be much more comfortable in front of the camera. People who are extremely uncomfortable, they would not usually come to a shoot but if they do come, I try to "fix" the vibe by playing some music because that has helped others as well.
Tell us more about the formation of the #Enough video.
This video was an end of the summer class project. It is a spoken word piece along with visuals. I have had people in my life, including myself, that felt like the length of hair wasn’t long enough or how their skin wasn't nice enough.
I wanted to let everyone I know or anyone I could touch that they are #Enough even though they don’t see it. That is where the poetry came from. Tara, Jackie, and Deborah are the ladies who are in the #Enough video. The make-up used in the video metaphorically represents how we hide our insecurities. The turning point in the video is when they start to wipe off the make-up and stating "I am Enough".
What do you hope people get out of watching this short film? #Enough
I hope people are inspired and take this video to heart, knowing that despite what they believe are their imperfections or physical flaw, they are #Enough.
If you want to see more of Valerie Anselme's projects and photos, visit this link.
We would like to thank S.O.A.R Ministries for allowing ReviveMyTurf to collaborate with them on their Freedom Friday Worship. It was an AMAZING night! People, young and old, met at Temple Salem for a Paint Night to remember. With Christ's Resurrection being the focus, there were many creative translations of what the Resurrection meant to people personally; different expressions, thoughts and feelings were depicted on the many canvas that night. Thank you to all who came out and participated in this inspiring worship!
Photo Credit: Tara Sinfort
RMT Would like to share something that has encouraged us. We pose the question. What is happiness? What makes you happy?
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As you may know, Revive My Turf is a Christian organization that focus on youth involvement in their communities. Some of you has asked me to give you an idea of where/what I see RMT being in the near future. I can tell you right now that RMT's main goal in a nutshell is to reach out to the youth who have a passion for art and design and give them a chance to apply it with their walk with Christ. If the youth involved leave with more confidence to go out and impact the world with their gifts, we at RMT feel like we have accomplished a great deal.
However, there are some groups and organizations that do take on a similar approach to youth involvement in artistic application. One example would have to be the If You Build It Project led by Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller. With the help of these two designer-activists, a group of high school students from Bertie County, NC were able to build a community shed. Although their scale is slighter larger than RMT, the idea of youth and community involvement and self-recognition is relevant in the whole process.
Now imagine how great this would be if sharing the love of God was at the center of it?! We would be reaching out to those in need through design. Often times we think that in order to do what God has called us to do we have to be a pastor or minister. But there are other ways that we can show who God is. You don't have to be in the field of theology to do the will of the Lord. To the young people reading this, you should know that there are multiple ways to go out and impact the world! If you crave for the opportunity to use your skills in your community, RMT is a great place to be!
Below is a trailer to the documentary of the If You Build It project. If you would like to see more about If You Build It, you can visit their page at http://www.ifyoubuilditmovie.com.
Be on the look out for more updates!
Hope you have a great day!
I believe Revive My Turf is an excellent way for youth to become involved in their communities. They can bring positive changes to their homes not only for themselves, but also for the generations to come. With a Spiritual emphasis on their activities they can spread the love of God and truly be stewards in their community. - Stacey C. Joseph, Director of Temple Salem Pathfinder Club