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For starters, I was inspired to write this post because I am continuously inspired by this woman.
For those of you that are not familiar with this gorgeous face, allow me to introduce you to celebrity makeup artist and educator…THE ONE AND ONLY…Tatiana Ward, better known as BeatFaceHoney! Take a look below:
Notice my excitement…!!!!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know that I love all things beauty and fashion… and of Divine Spirit of course!
Well, let’s just say that I’m bringing this title out of retirement to give a major shout out to this amazingly talented and driven woman.
I first learned about BeatFaceHoney around 2011. At the time, I had just started this blog, and I was constantly searching for content that inspired me. I must have gone to YouTube to find inspiration of some sort, when I stumbled upon the channel of BeatFaceHoney.
Let’s just say that I’ve been hooked ever since.
What I remember most about discovering her videos, was that she was a girl who had a love for beauty and teaching, just like me, and all she wanted to do was share what she knew with whoever could benefit from it.
Even then, while sitting at her bedside in her parents’ basement with a ton of makeup at hand, an occasional curling iron, and whatever recording device she used to capture it all, she was an awesome educator. She was well spoken and graceful, passionate, fun to watch, super talented, and completely transparent with anything that viewers would want to know about her craft. BFH was and is the REAL DEAL!
I mean… She taught me how to put on eyeshadow, apply my foundation flawlessly, and fill in my brows for goodness sake!
And if anyone wanted to become a makeup artist, through her timeless videos, she teaches viewers how to get started and what to expect, recommends products, and shows how to mix and match foundation tones for brown girls. She even shares parts of her personal journey. It’s the kind of education that people pay lots of money for these days. And she did it out of a pure desire to share, long before it became the “it” thing to do on YouTube.
I write so passionately about her (and no, I’ve never met her… nor does she know anything about this) because she’s been so inspiring to me from day one. She has helped so many of her fans get on the path to living their dreams, all because she was bold enough to pursue a path uncharted, and create a lane of her own.
As a follower, what captured me most, was the power of what she’s nicknamed her BeatFaceBrigade (her following). I was not only a witness to her rise to fame, but I also participated in sending out a series of tweets, along with fellow BFBs that got the attention of Nicki Minaj when she posted that she was looking for a makeup artist in New York.
We were all over it, tweeting that Nicki should choose BeatFaceHoney for the job. It was that collective action that helped her go from in front of the camera on YouTube, to doing makeup for Nicki Minaj and Brandy, followed by many others… all with a few collective tweets from thousands of followers.
It felt so good to see her win, and I’d love to see her go even further.
They were, and still are, life changing television programs.
I grew up the daughter of a hairstylist, and in my mother’s hair salon, the only time she allowed the television on during the day was to watch The Oprah Winfrey Show. My mother was not about promoting anything but positivity, hence the reason why I am the way I am.
Recently, BeatFaceHoney shared in an Instagram post that she recorded a pilot for a show that she dreams of having on OWN.
After watching it and reflecting on the impact that she’s already had on my life, I was deeply moved to find a way to be another voice to echo this vision of hers.
BeatFaceHoney represents ambition and hard work, positivity and passion, tenacity and perseverance, and so much more. She would be an amazing asset to draw in an audience that is obsessed with beauty; only, she has much more to offer than vanity.
Did I mention that she’s also a recording artist? Yes, I said it. She’s a singer who once auditioned on American Idol. And she happened to write every makeup artist’s slay anthem, Slay To The Gawds.
While she’s at it, she could probably be a motivational speaker as well.
I would absolutely LOVE to watch a reality show for and by girls like me, who are not here for the drama. And I would LOVE to watch it on my favorite network! With more than 10 million views on YouTube and over 400K followers on Instagram, I know that I’m not the only one who’d tune in to watch her show.
If you are a reading this as a fan and follower of BeatFaceHoney, I want you to share this post on social media. That means retweet, repost, and share so that we can get our girl on TV, and on just the right network!
If this is all new to you, get to know BeatfaceHoney on YouTube, and feel free to scroll back as far as 6 years ago (The woman has BEEN WERKIN’!). I promise you’ll see what I mean. Then come back here and share, share, SHARE.
Here’s the pilot for the show that she and her team (and me!) hope will one day have a home at OWN:
My fingers are crossed, and I know that she’s leaving it up to God and the Universe. We’ve seen it happen on her behalf before through the power of social media. Let’s see what we can collectively help manifest this time around.
“I AM ENOUGH AND I AM NOT MY HISTORY. I BELIEVE THAT LOVE IS THE ONLY NUTRIENT IN THE WORLD THAT CAN BE EXPRESSED, AND I VOW TO TRY MY BEST TO PRACTICE ITS EXPRESSION IN EVERYTHING I DO AND WITH EVERYONE I KNOW. I AM NEVER WITHOUT RESOURCES. I AM A CHILD OF THE HALF LIGHT. I AM CONNECTED TO THE WHOLE. I AM A CREATIVE FORCE, I RECALL THE ORIGINAL PROGRAM THAT IS MY DESIGN IN WHICH I LIVE MY LIFE BY. I AM A MAGNET. I KNOW NOTHING, BUT I HAVE THE ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE TRUTH- THATS HOW I SEE YOU, EVEN WITH MY EYES CLOSED.” – Melody Ehsani
“It has been wayyyy too long since my last post. This should not happen!!! Especially with all the beautiful lessons that I am learning, and the amazing people who I meet daily. I vow to do better.” –@ BCSTARKS
HWIC = Head Women In Charge
Most recently I have bounced between a new fabulous job in the industry that I love most (Hair), and my final thesis project before graduating with a Master’s degree in Public Relations. My last project happens to be on the brand which I am currently working for, which I am beyond excited about. Today, while doing research on the history of African-American hair care enterprises, I came across some amazing videos that were posted to Madame Noire, a blog that I subscribe to on Facebook, and frequent occasionally.
The videos, which are part of an interview series titled “She’s The Boss” that the creators of the blog started to showcase the stories and accomplishments African-American businesswomen and entrepreneurs, are phenomenal! So much so, that I had to share them with my readers… or those of you that are left. Lol (I’m so sorry y’all!!)
Please check out each one of them if you can, yes, even if you are not African-American. They are inspiring for any human being that aspires to do something special with their purpose and talents in life. In addition, they represent a little bit of everything, for everyone. From music lovers, to fashion, to public relations, to business, to sports… You name it, these women are LIFE!!!!
More about She’s The Boss:
Twenty episodes. Twenty phenomenal women. She’s the Boss captures the business savvy, style and spirit of New York City’s most successful black businesswomen. Created specifically to cater to the unique environment of online television viewing, the series features intimate one-on-one interviews and the day-to-day activities of corporate executives, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs. She’s the Boss offers practical advice and inspiration to the largely female demographic among MadameNoire.com fans.
Hear that “click-clack?” That’s the sound of their stilettos dancing on the glass ceiling!
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting fashion extraordinaire, and true dream maker, Josie Natori at a luncheon hosted by The Commonwealth Institute, a support organization dedicated to women CEO’s, entrepreneurs, and senior corporate executives. I had been invited last-minute by a mentor and colleague from the University of Miami’s Launch Pad center for student and alumni entrepreneurs, Susan Amat. Thanks to Susan, I am forever a fan of Mrs. Natori’s amazing story and journey of becoming the successful business mogul and inspiring woman that she is today.
As the keynote speaker for the event, Mrs. Natori shared her story of growing up in the Philippines and being surrounded by female entrepreneurs. Figures such as aunts and cousins, and even her own mother selling things in the local market painted a picture of independence. It also helped that Josie was taught at a very early age by her grandfather, “don’t ever depend on a man.”
These seeds led her to persue an education in America, and later to become the first female president of investment banking firm, Merryll Lynch. After working on Wall Street for several years, and with no experience in fashion whatsoever, she began selling uniquely designed night gowns from her home country to department stores that would eventually become the 35-year old fashion empire known as NATORI. This family owned and operated brand represents all things free spirited, fierce, and fabulous!! And NATORI is coming to a Target store near you this season!!!
I was so inspired by Mrs. Natori’s story that I politely walked up to her as she was leaving the stage to introduce myself. I told her how much I admired her work, and how inspired I was to hear her story. I was also bold enough to ask her if she would be a mentor to me, and she gracefully replied, “But dear, I’m all the way in New York!” Of course that isn’t an issue for me, and so I replied,”That’s fine, we can make it work long distance.”
Optimistic I suppose, but I’m a believer of speaking and going after the things you want even when they seem impossible.
I’m looking forward to this. Meanwhile, check out the photos from her beautiful Spring 2012 collection below (Images courtesy of Josie Girl blog- posted by Josie’s daughter in law).
After completing this post, it dawned on me that approximately 6 months ago I was inspired to design my PR portfolio after coming across a beautifully designed bedding set. The story is that I was searching for a new comforter set to redesign my room. I wanted lots of color that made me feel warm and in touch with life. I saw this the following bed set and fell in love with it!!!
But it was much too expensive for a college student such as myself. So because I could not afford it, I loved it so much that I used the colors from it to inspire how I present my professional work.
The irony was that I had no idea who or what NATORI was, yet it was the name that was plastered on the tag of this bed set. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, and I end up meeting the same person who inspired me months ago… and I had NO CLUE! Nothing in life happens by coincidence… Im convinced. Thank you NATORI!