The Beauty Project - Marita

Marita is another lady that I know through home schooling, but hadn't seen in several years.  It was great to reconnect with her and to get to know her even better through The Beauty Project. Please enjoy her story and her beautiful portraits!


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How old are you?  45

Are you from Calgary? If not, where are you from? Yes, but I am originally from South Africa.  I've been living in Calgary for 16 years.

Are you married?  Yes, I am.

Do you have children?  Yes, I do.

What do you do for a living?  Product specialist for Nespresson and Financial Educator.

Have you ever had a portrait session (by yourself) before? No I have not.

Why do you want to participate in The Beauty Project?  I am not comfortable in front of the camera lens.  I am homing that I can inspire other women to fall in love with their own beauty (inner and outer).  If I can do it, anybody can do it.

What does beauty mean to you?  Beauty means I am content with myself. True beauty comes from within. An inner beauty is radiant, infectious, has a warm glow and a sparkle in the eyes. It is something you experience and feel when you meet that person.

When do you feel most beautiful?  When I am at peace with myself.

What does being a woman mean to you? Being a woman means being feminine, soft spoken/heart, being a Mom, wife, lover, friend, and great role-model. A woman should be strong in her beliefs, but also vulnerable to share her flaws, challenges and mistakes that she made along the way in order to teach/share with other women. A real woman is a good listener, is not judgmental or spreading gossip.

What do you love about yourself?  Why is this the toughest question in the world? I am passionate, and I am able to laugh and smile even when life gets difficult.

Marita, it was such a pleasure to get to know you better and to photograph you.  We have so much in common that I really felt like I was meeting and photographing and old friend. You are everything that you believe a woman should be and you are very beautiful both on the inside and the outside. I know your story and images will inspire others to see the beauty within themselves too.  Thank you for participating in The Beauty Project!