Meet Rukshona

In an act of much-needed and much-deserved self-care, Rukshona nominated herself for a makeover. Her story is touched with unbelievable loss and tragedy, but is also marked with incredible fortune and happiness. She has an amazing love story that should really be made into a film, and two healthy, handsome little boys! 

Shortly after Rukshona saw her photos and the video above, I received this kind email from her:

"Hi Erika, thank you so much for all your efforts. I can't stop watching the video. It's so inspiring and indeed makes me feel that I have found myself... I never wanted to look at myself in the mirror, but after seeing the photographs I realize that's actually how people around me see me [as a beautiful woman] and not what I have in my mind. Yes, I have changed a lot, but I have changed for better not worse... thank you for helping me to realize that. You are a wonderful person, amazing professional and I wish you the best of luck and strength to go through any difficult moments in life... those moments only make us stronger. Please pass my best regards and big thank you to the lovely ladies for the great experience..."

Rukshona's transformation is one of the reasons why I love what I do -- it's not about pictures -- it's about helping clients build confidence, about leading them to see themselves in a different light, in a way that's usually so different from what the (negative) voices in their heads tell them! It's about caring for others, pampering them, and making them feel gorgeous and WORTH IT! Gaining confidence, self-worth, and a more positive self-image is both priceless and enduring.

Thanks to Rukshona for sharing her story with me, and for allowing me to share it with you. 

Read more about this project and how it all started.

Hair: Nichole Coffel
Makeup: Louise Hurst, Instagram: @louisehurstmua