Never let your flaws define you: Burn victim turned Beauty Guru

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Shalom Blac is a name you need to remember. Born Shalom Nchom, the now beauty guru on YouTube is the victim of a burn that took place when she was the tender age of 9. Her ability to overcome obstacles of loving herself, being bullied, and remaining positive about life after the tragedy happened, is truly inspirational and commendable.

A message the beauty would like everyone to know is:

“You should love yourself either way—makeup or no makeup,” she said in one of her 24 videos. “Makeup is not the reason why I am happy. I’m happy because I love myself.” 

If this isn’t a clear reason why we should love ourselves makeup, no makeup, weave, natural hair, fake nails or not—then I don’t know what is. We live in a world today where social media is at its peak. We see Instagram models and beauty gurus always being praised for their outer beauty, when it’s the heart and self love that really matters. Blac makes it clear that through the good, bad, and tragic moments life brings us, valuing yourself is the best reward one can have.

Check out her “Power of Makeup” video showcasing her transformation from natural to glam!

 

 

Subscribe to her channel here to watch some of her other videos and keep up with her latest activities on her Instagram @makeupbyshalom

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My name is Anaja Smith, a Sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus majoring in Broadcast Journalism. At my university, I am apart of NABJ as the Membership Chair position, SeeYouWeekly (a broadcasting organization), and Women of Color which promotes unity and sisterhood for women on campus.

I love everything fashion related whether it is clothes, makeup, bags, or simply looking to celebrities for style inspo. With that being said, my dream job is to become a fashion correspondent for E! News headquarters in California where I can interview and talk to people about it for a living!

Other goals of mine is to attend Northwestern University in Evanston,IL for my masters degree and also to give back to the less fortunate and underserved communities in Chicago, my home town.

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