The Beauty Behind the Lens
My name is Vanessa Monae. I am a beauty influencer, digital content creator, and educator. Self taught, I think everybody is provided with a God given talent that follows them wherever they go. Not only has God provided me with opportunity, but he showed me early on that I am right where I need to be. When I was a little girl, I use to watch my mom apply her eyeliner and red lipstick, thinking WOW that's cool. Growing up in a house full of girls, being beautiful was a daily part of our routine. We didn't have much, but my mom was so creative that I learned to find beauty in everything.
It started in middle school when I would sneak the black eyeliner from my mom's purse and get the sticky lipgloss from the beauty supply to amplify my look. My mom was sick of me in her purse, so she took me to Walgreens to pick out my own makeup. I remember walking the beauty aisle feeling like I walked right into heaven. From that moment forward, no matter what I did or where I went, the artistry of beauty has been a major part of my life.
In college, I use to do my friend's hair and makeup, I'd watch youtube to learn tips and tricks here and there, and I would instagram my work like a proud mama. Once I moved to Texas and began my teaching career, I decided to start my very own Youtube channel. I started my channel because though I wasn't passionate about what I was teaching inside the classroom, I could teach about what I loved on Youtube, so it just made sense. I remember feeling so fulfilled, so in control of my work, and honestly, I felt like I was finally where I belonged.
Though beauty is my underlying passion, I pursed other things, that in my mind, were more logical. With that, I got a Master of Science degree in Secondary Education, and I don't even know how I did that. As I grow closer to 30, I’m realizing that life is more so a marathon than it is a sprint, and my journey is far from finished. Ever heard of the saying, “If it’s your calling, it will keep calling you”? These words are so true. Even on days when I don’t feel my best, I can always rely on the gifts God gave me. So when I produce content, do makeup, and take pictures, know that it's the up’s and down’s of life that drive my work, and I’m so grateful for it.
Thank you for taking the time to read more about me. The purpose of this blog is to document my work, and to bring you along this journey of mine. Please check out my tutorials page and browse my portfolio to see what I have been working on. I coined the term, Let It Be Beautiful as a brand and lifestyle mantra, to make sure that you let It be beautiful in all that you do, no matter what you decide. XO
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