Some say that beauty is only skin deep, but Monica Marrow would argue that beneath the skin is exactly where true beauty lies. And she would know. She has dedicated her life to making women feel beautiful.
Since 1998 Marrow, of North White Plains, has photographed more than 200 women as a part of the What Makes You Feel Beautiful project’s Beauty of the Month, which selects a woman each month to receive a free makeover and professional photo shoot.
Marrow —a hair stylist, make-up artist and photographer— celebrated her beauties along with other female community leaders at the LOFT LGBT Community Center in White Plains on March 23 in honor of Women’s History Month. Click here for the full list of honorees, many who work in local non-profits like ArtsWestchester and Family Services of Westchester.
Marrow does the hair, makeup, design and photography on her shoots and profiles each of the women on her website, asking them about what makes them feel beautiful on the inside. Check this month’s Beauty of the Month, Michun, here.
“My work, this project is so special to me,” says Marrow in her artist’s statement. “It is an honor and celebration of women! It explores the relationship between inner beauty and what is considered visually beautiful.”
Marrow is inspired by human nature and capturing beauty that can only be felt from within.
“Part of my creative process is capturing the love and beauty that can only be felt from within,” she says. “When I look at people I only see their true beauty. My goal is to learn about each person I photograph and capture what is real, and what makes them feel beautiful. All women are beautiful and need to feel beautiful. As we love ourselves from the inside out it will radiate not only through the image but in life.”
In addition to celebrating the Beauty of the Month recipients and the honorees, the event also featured works by artists, like spoken word poet Rachel Shundari Ullah of itsbeneaththesurface.com and SUNY Purchase graduate and sculptor Gianna Caranfa. Authors like Faith Saunders of “Break Free: 52 Tips to Escape From Your Self Imposed Prison” and Dr. Tyree Oredein of “His PhD is in Hypocrisy…And Other Poems About My Crappy Ex-Boyfriend”showcased their books, and Marrow’s wife Sheila Marrow for her reenactment of the life of female Buffalo Solider Cathay Williams.
Here’s a few clips from the event:
You can read more about these artists here. Marrow was also honored at the event with the Edna Saunders Silent Life Changer Award for her efforts to make women feel beautiful and bringing everyone together for such an amazing.
Check out photos from the evening below: