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“Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?” ~ Laurence Overmire

My Daugter the Stylist

Posted by Tonya Keitt Kalule


It is amazing how our children grow up and you can see parts of yourself and other members of your family. And when you let them evolve naturally they surprise you and make you proud at the same time.

My daughter has always been a pretty girl, of course I am a bit bias but even from a baby she was often told how pretty she was. Now yes she did go through that awkward pre-teen stage as we all do, and then she once again blossomed into a very pretty young woman. She has beautiful features, skin, and hair, but she was never a diva. She really didn't care what she wore to school, if you bought it she would wear it. She was not really picky. When she went off to college, she wanted to look cute for obvious reason, college boys. Who would have known. We have all been there.

After the first year, she got into the wrinkled jeans and t-shirt stage and stayed there for quite some time. Then she cut off all of her hair and started wearing it curly, her natural texture. She also did what we all do and that is gain those college pounds.
Still wearing t-shirt, jeans, and short curly hair, she started to get into reading the fashion magazines, watching the fashion trends on television, where there are programming like Project Runway, Rachael Zoe, who has become her idol, and so many other programs. She has also been researching fashion on-line and reading the various fashion blogs. She has now decided that this fashion world is fun and that she wants to be stylist somewhat like Rachael Zoe.

After her visit to Los Angeles and seeing all of the options available in fashion, she went back to Savannah, started shedding those college pounds and making things happen. She is not as much into the Hollywood Glam as Rachael is, but she does like the style of Hollywood in the 50's. She has always loved vintage clothing and jewelry. Even before her visit to LA, she first started working with costume styling for a local play in Savannah, and got her accolades for that. So she is interested in working with costume designers and styling for tv.

She is now working with a local photographer in Savannah that is also trying to build a portfolio for himself in fashion photography.
She is having the time of her life and she is making it happen for herself and I am so very proud of her.

Whitney will also graduate from college this year with her bachelors in Mass Communication, which also gives her the option of working for a fashion magazine, possibly as a fashion editor.

Can you say 'Proud Mother"! Well yes I am and it is wonderful to see your children evolve and most importantly be happy with their choices for their lives. She is grateful to me for being the kind of parent that allowed her to grow her way, with guidance of course, but allowing her to be true to herself, and not necessarily my dreams for her.

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