EDMONTON – ‘Beautiful Me’ is a beauty workshop where young women aged 13 to 19 can get professional advice from hair stylists, makeup artists, as well as a fashion team.
“It works on beauty inside and out,” said organizer Kristi Rouse– describing the free, one day event for local teens.
The workshop was developed for at-risk, vulnerable or deserving young women, “who could benefit from a confidence-building opportunity. It involves inner beauty discovery and boosting the outside as well,” Rouse said.
Thirty young women took part this year.
Participants are nominated or can nominate themselves. There are several motivational and inspirational activities that get the girls thinking about what being beautiful really means.
“When they come in and start the experience we often see some very shy, very guarded youth, and by the end we see the tremendous building of encouragement and they come out refreshed and rejuvenated,” Rouse said. “They come out being able to take on some of the pressures that society presents.”
This year’s event took place at Bellerose Composite High in St. Albert. It’s now into it’s fifth year and hosted by Plugged In, a local non-profit group.
“This is something that would be way out of my comfort zone,” said Cassandra Reed, who was nominated by her mother. “I thought it was amazing, everyone was so kind.”