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Me Without Makeup


Im Emma and I’m an Air Force ROTC cadet at Virginia Tech. This is me without makeup just after chopping off almost 12 inches of curly hair (its flat-ironed here) for the Pantene Beautiful Lengths project. For a long time I felt like my physical beauty was very much central to my hair, so I knew it was going to be a personal struggle and feat to finally cut it all off. Knowing it was going to be difficult, I figured I might as well go all out and wear no makeup of any kind, not even Chapstick, to kind of prove to myself that the real beauty was found in the act of service I wanted to do and the people I was doing it for. One of my best friends just began his third and worst bout with a rare form of cancer that had already caused him the loss of an eye and that has now settled in his spinal cord. I did this for him. If he can live with such a positive and vibrant attitude and go without an eye, I think giving up hair and makeup is definitely worth it, and the least I can do.

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  1. taytay

    Posted by taytay on June 2, 2012 at 07:53

    You are beautiful!! That’s such a great idea. I’m praying for you and your friend!

  2. taytay

    Posted by taytay on June 2, 2012 at 07:52

    You are so pretty! Your hair and eyes are amazing! I’m praying for your friend

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by MerkelPup on December 30, 2011 at 07:38

    You are so pretty without makeup! I also have long hair, and it has grown past my waist. I wish I could cut it and donate it, but for some reason, I am not allowed to cut my hair. I know I will cut it, though, after I turn 18, and I hope I will remember to donate it too!

  4. Posted by on November 22, 2011 at 15:38

    you are beautiful, BUT ITS NOT JUST PHYSICAL BEAUTY. its the inner beauty that shines through your smile your eyes and most of all your actions. my prayers will be with your friend.

  5. Posted by on November 22, 2011 at 13:44

    You are so pretty! That is one of the sweetest things i have ever hear and now it has inspired me!! Keep up the amazig work, i hope i can be just like you!

  6. Posted by on November 10, 2011 at 18:30

    …stumbled upon your photo while watching the VT v. GT game and googling images of beautiful Virginia Tech. Good luck with the Air Force ROTC. On the eve of Veteran’s Day, we attest that your service to our country is a noble pursuit. Aim high! /m

  7. Posted by on November 7, 2011 at 19:03

    Way to go girl! πŸ˜€
    You look gorgeous!(:

  8. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 11:30

    Way to go Emma! The love of Jesus Christ in and through you is your radiant beauty. Love you! G

  9. Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 11:40

    You look great! You have a light that shines through your eyes. Your hair looks awesome too!

  10. Posted by on September 9, 2011 at 19:45

    LOVE THIS! You are soo beautiful, and your story is just inspiring! I admire your courage to do this, both for your friend, and for the rest of us here.

  11. Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 20:59

    You are a classic beauty and truly an inspiration to women of all ages. Our prayers are with your friend also.

  12. Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 20:56

    What a wonderful inspiration you are to women of all ages. Our prayers are with your friend too.

  13. Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 19:55

    You totally don’t even need make up!! Your gorgeous!!! I love your eyes and smile!! πŸ™‚ It’s awesome that your in the Air Force, because I’m working on going into the Air Force!! πŸ™‚

  14. Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 17:22

    Go Emma!

  15. Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 17:15

    Go Emma!!!

  16. Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 12:28

    Wow! You are beautiful, your inward beauty shines outward! I love your short hair- it’s adorable! Your eyes are an amazing shade of blue, and your smile is so white!!! You are so beautiful!!!