Viva Glam Ball Makeover Winners
We’re counting down to our big Viva Glam Ball at Godfrey’s. These three special folks will spend their Saturday receiving a day of pampering from GayRVA courtesy of Spa 310, Plato’s Closet, MAC at Macy’s Regency Square, and Xtra’s Cafe. They’ll be joined by friends at 9 p.m. at Godfrey’s to celebrate their new look. You can join in on this VIP celebration too by purchasing tickets in advance at http://gayrva.com/vivaglam. Ticket sales benefit the MAC AIDS Fund and Fan Free Clinic.
Check out our three winners’ stories before you see their makeover. See them at the event and we’ll followup on Monday to show you photos from the reveal.
Jess has been hunting for a job and hopes to show future employers her professional side with this makeover. After some financial hardships, her friends put together a fund to send Jess to EMT school this January. ”I have the most amazing friends ever,” she says.
From her entry:
Once upon a time there was a little Jewish girl named Jessica. Jessica was a good orthodox Jew and wore ankle-length skirts and long sleeves year-round, despite the fact that she hated them and wanted to wear pants. “Screw skirts” she said, “I want to wear a suit like my dad!” But mom never let Jessica have a suit, and so she grew up never wearing clothes that made her feel happy.
And then Jessica went to college and put on a pair of jeans. Shortly thereafter Jessica became Jess and walked out of her stuffy closet, but alas, she didn’t know how to dress! Jess experimented with performance fleece, tight and loose jeans, button-up shirts and even (gasp!) goth clothing. Despite the experimenting, she always seemed to end up with t-shirts and jeans, which, while comfy, never quite seemed to be her.
She’s ended up with a closet full of t-shirts and jeans. Jess doesn’t want to give in to a girly-girl image but wants to show her family that it’s possible to look good while still being true to herself.
In October, Justin’s world turned upside down when his boyfriend passed away from pancreatic cancer. ”He was an angel in how he always managed to lift me up and make me feel like the best person in the world.”
Justin recently graduated from East Carolina University studying psychology. He is staying with friends as he starts his life in Richmond. He shares the story of his boyfriend’s impact.
With him, my world was everything I’d ever wanted and he never failed to show his love for me and tell me about all I was capable of. That all changed about two months ago, when my angel passed away from cancer, and my entire existence crumbled. I spiraled into a depression in my grief, and my looks went about as far downhill as they could go.
I didn’t care about anything anymore, and now I’m ready for that to change.
Justin’s ready for a new look to help him get a fresh start and on track to put the pieces back together again.
Erika was diagnosed with lupus two years ago. Since this summer, her condition has gotten worse and she has to see her doctors more often. ”My life revolves around pills and constantly adjusting them to keep my lupus under control,” Erika says. “My immune system is always trying to fight against my body and it makes me sick.”
Because of her lupus, she is limited to the amount of work she can do – she makes candy and is a part-time nanny. While Erika is the sister of one of our contributors and fashion blogger RVAFashionista, it was her essay that put her in the the top running.
Lupus makes me feel ugly. My hands and feet are red and purple because lupus attacks my circulatory system. My arthritis makes my joints swell and I make cracking noises when I walk. I can’t gain weight because my digestive tract is affected by lupus. So a lot of times I look too skinny and people assume the worse. My hair thins out because of my lupus as well.
For once, I would like to feel normal. I would like to be able to look healthy. I would like to have one day where I could feel like my old self but better. I believe a makeover would not only help me feel about my looks, but about my life too.
Saturday’s makeover will also be a special treat for Erika because she’s never had her makeup professionally done. She says the makeover will help give her some hope this holiday season that things will get better.
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