All holiday sales at Lorde Beauty, online and in boutique, until December 25, 2016 will give 5% toward Manassah Project; a local anti-sex trafficking center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Why anti-sex trafficking? Because it is personal...
I am going to be very vulnerable and raw; knowing and trusting that pain can always be transformed into healed beauty. Here is my story, here is part of my song.
I know what it's like as a child to run into a perfect stranger's home, banging on their door to let me in, because a car full of grown men were following me on my way home from school shouting and advancing, viciously describing all the ways they were going to violently, sexually brutalize me.
I remember as a child escaping an advancement of sexual assault from a trusted piano teacher, running home with hot tears down my face of what he had attempted to do.
I know what it's like for men to jokingly say, "bend over, sweetheart, I want a look"...men who were my boss.
I know what it's like to be told I was ugly, and also that I was beautiful....told I should conceal and hide my body behind the piano at church because I was causing men to be distracted. I was lied to and told that the very body and face I was given held Shame.Fear. Helplessness. Confusion... but thankfully, I never believed the lie.
I have always, and forever will, believe in TRUE and WHOLE BEAUTY. I know how self-care, enjoying the faces and bodies we were given, playing and caring how we decide to enhance, can truly change how we see and feel about ourselves, others and more.
HOPE has always overwhelmed my soul. The hope and realization that this is not just my story, and my song, but I am, and we are a royal diadem in the hand of God. That this collectively is OUR story and our song as women, as girls. We are created to claim and pick up our crown that was knocked off our precious heads and pick it up, and protect each other. I escaped, recovered, and also healed from the attacks I experienced throughout my entire life. I choose to use my voice and the means I have through Lorde Beauty to stop the damages to both woman and girls precious self-image.
Human Trafficking is a form of modern day slavery which occurs everywhere, including Michigan. Over 3,000 cases since 2007 to be exact based on stats from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Females and minors are those most at risk, and have been identified with the highest ratio of victims.
Lorde Beauty is starting a new campaign: #fightwithbeauty.
As you know, Lorde Beauty's mission is to have greater accountability to our clients, our communities, and our environment.
TOGETHER, WE WILL FIGHT SEX TRAFFICKING WITH BEAUTY!
Your purchases at Lorde are going to help and make a huge difference! You will not only enhance your beauty, but the beauty and restoration of others.
I appreciate all of you, and your commitment to living out Beauty, Power, and Love with me!
"We have been shown what is good and what is required: To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly together with God." Micah 6:8