At Stop Start, Supei approached the general manager with the idea and asked for five volunteers who are survivors or women at risk. The manager at Stop Start found several candidates who would be compensated for their time. Foreign locals gladly donated dresses and make-up to be used for the photo shoot. The volunteers showed up to the session wearing their own best clothes and what make-up they had, not knowing that items had been donated, but they were excited to try on the new clothes. Although the language barriers posited an obvious challenge to communicating with the women, Supei’s animated personality helped convey directions and create a light-hearted atmosphere.
The purpose of the photo shoot was not merely to model the products for buyers, but also to make the women at Stop Start feel beautiful in ways that they may not have felt in a very long time, if ever. Who better to model the bags than the women –– who proudly made them? And through this simple photo-shoot, these women transformed before the camera. Their shyness and timidity early in front of the lenses became comfort and confidence at the end.
Nomi Network plans to have more dresses donated for future photo-shoots that will be given to the women to keep after the shoot is finished. Mary, a volunteer from New York City, was the photographer & Supei served as the creative director. Photos from the shoot have been posted at www.buyherbagnotherbody.com where you can also purchase the bags. If you are interested in donating new clothing or funding for Project Beauty, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
by Don Torrance