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IN HER OWN WORDS

MESS to MELJOURNE

BY MELISSA MATTHEWS

“Why me?” These were the words that echoed through my head while regaining consciousness at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York, slowly realizing the nightmare that nearly killed me the previous afternoon was now my reality.Continue reading

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From The Kinks in Her Curls…

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From the time D. Marie’s daughter J. Marie was three “From the Kinks in Her Curls to the Beat in Her Step” was a conversation the mother and daughter had repetitively. It stemmed from J. Marie questioning her own dark complexion comparing it to other people she admired. D. Marie immediately began to teach her daughter to love herself and accept her appearance as God created her.Continue reading

ON THE WAY UP

The Pursuit of The Crown: AMANDA TORCHIA

What began as a one-time thing, turned into a permanent quest in the life of this amazingly beautiful and talented young lady. Amanda reflects on the day she and her Mom saw an ad in the local paper about entering a beauty pageant, “It looked like it would be fun”. 12 years later, Amanda knows on this day, her life was changed. Pageantry became a way of life.Continue reading

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