Meet Sam

Oh, what a joy it was to meet Sam! This woman is fun, spunky, smart, and kind, and she's lived in Abu Dhabi for a l-o-n-g time. A working mom of two, Sam's teenage son was the one who nominated her for the makeover. Although he was a man of few words, writing not much more than "I know it would mean a lot to her," he clearly showed love and respect for his one-of-a-kind mama just by nominating her. As a parent who can only hope to have close relationships with my children as they grow up and become adults, this story really touched me. And once I met Sam and learned more about her, it was clear that she deserved this bit of pampering.

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Read more about this project and how it all started.

Hair: Nichole Coffel
Makeup: Crystal Monique Cruz, Madame Barocco, Luxury Makeup Artist