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100 Best Wedding Photographers in the U.S. and Canada for 2016

March 18, 2016
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Last month SLR Lounge announced the 100 Best Wedding Photographers in the U.S and Canada for 2016, the Makeup In The 702 team was so excited to see some familiar names and friends honored on the list.
“SLR Lounge’s mission and goal is to create a community where the best working photographers are teaching, educating, and elevating the entire industry” – it was with that mission in mind that the below list was compiled.
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Makeup In The 702 has had the privileged of working with the incredibly talented John Michael Cooper of Las Vegas’ Alt F Photography. Not only is John a truly kind and gifted artist, with an eye for capturing the most beautiful images, he is also a passionate educator. He participates in conferences, conventions, work shops and is always one to say “YES” when asked for input and advise.
I once asked John why he is willing to share so much of his knowledge in the photography community by hosting workshops. John responded – “I feel like sharing knowledge is the best way to gain knowledge. By sharing with your community what you know you raise the bar for everybody.”
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Those honored are listed in alphabetical order.
  1. Aaron Morris – New York, NY
  2. Abby Plus Dave – Calgary, AB
  3. Amanda Basteen – Des Moines, IA
  4. Anna Kuperberg – San Francisco, CA
  5. Ashley And Jeremy Parsons – Kansas City, MO
  6. Ashley Fisher – St Louis, MO
  7. Bambi Cantrell – San Francisco, CA
  8. Bradford Martens – Dallas, TX
  9. Brett Butterstein – San Diego, CA
  10. Brian And Allison Callaway – Los Angeles, CA
  11. Brian Maheux – Fort Collins, CO
  12. Camille & Chadwick Bensler – Vancouver, BC
  13. *Caroline Tran – Los Angeles, CA
  14. Charleton Churchill – Sacramento, CA
  15. Chrisman Studios (Ben, Erin and Mauricio Arias) – San Francisco, CA
  16. *Christina Blanarovich – New York, NY
  17. Cliff Mautner – Philadelphia, PA
  18. Crystal Stokes – Charlotte, NC
  19. Curtis Moore – Winnipeg, MB
  20. Dallas & Sabrina Kolotylo – Vancouver, BC
  21. Danny and Julia Dong – San Francisco, CA
  22. Dave Paek – New York, NY
  23. David Murray – Kennebunkport, ME
  24. Davina and Daniel – Montreal, QC
  25. Derren Raser – Arcata, CA
  26. Divine Method – Toronto. ON
  27. Dylan And Sara – Portland, OR
  28. Ed Pingol – San Francisco, CA
  29. Elizabeth Messina – Santa Monica, CA
  30. Emin Kuliyev – New York, NY
  31. Erich Mcvey – Salem, OR
  32. Eugene Michel – Spokane, WA
  33. A Fist Full of Bolts – Seattle, WA
  34. Gabe Mcclintock – Alberta, Canada
  35. Green Tea Photography – Ottawa, ON
  36. Hiram Trillo – Dallas, TX
  37. Impressions by Annuj – Toronto. ON
  38. Jacklyn Greenberg – New Haven, CT
  39. Jasmine Star – Orange County, CA
  40. Jeff Newsom – San Luis Obispo, CA
  41. Jenna and Tristan – Vancouver, BC
  42. Jennifer Moher – Peterborough, ON
  43. Jeremy Chou – Orange County, CA
  44. John Michael Cooper – Las Vegas, NV
  45. Jordan Voth – Seattle, WA
  46. Jose Villa – Solvang, CA
  47. Joshua Dwain – New York, NY
  48. Julie Paisley – Nashville, TN
  49. Justin And Mary Marantz – New Haven, CT
  50. Justine Ungaro – Studio City, CA
  51. Kathryn Krueger – Waco, TX
  52. Kelly and Sergio – Tucson, AZ
  53. Ken Pak – Centreville, VA
  54. Kenny Kim – Chicago, Il
  55. Kristi Odom – Reston, VA
  56. Kristina and Dee Robinson – Sacramento, CA
  57. *Lin and Jirsa – Orange County, CA
  58. Luke Edmonson – Plano, TX
  59. *Lurey Photography – Cherry Hill, NJ
  60. Mantas Kubilinskas – Washington, DC
  61. Matt Roberts – Santa Barbara, CA
  62. Matt Miller – Atlanta, GA
  63. Matthew Sowa – New York, NY
  64. Melissa Jill – Phoenix, AZ
  65. Michelle Gardella – Wethersfield, CT
  66. Mike Allebach – Norristown, PA
  67. Morgan Lynn Razi – Houston, TX
  68. Nessa K – Washington DC
  69. Nicole Chan – Boston, MA
  70. Pat Furey – Toms River, NJ
  71. Raymond and Jessie – Vancouver, BC
  72. Reese Allen – Charleston, SC
  73. Rob Greer – Los Angeles, CA
  74. Roberto Valenzuela – Los Angeles, CA
  75. Ryan Brenizer – New York, NY
  76. Ryan Joseph – Tampa Bay, FL
  77. Sam Hurd – Washington, DC
  78. Samm Blake – Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  79. Scott & Melissa Hopkins – Savannah, GA
  80. Sean Leblanc – Calgary, AB
  81. Susan Stripling – New York, NY
  82. Taylor Lord – Austin, TX
  83. Timothy Eyrich – Alliance, NE
  84. Todd Laffler – New Jersey, CA
  85. Tony Gambino – Bend, OR
  86. Tony Hoffer – Downingtown, PA
  87. *Trevor Dayley – Phoenix, AZ
  88. *Twisted Oaks – Hammonton, NJ
  89. Two Mann – Canmore, AB
  90. Tyler Wirken – Kansas City, MO

For more information on the selection process and to see the complete list with links to the winners sites and portfolios check out the SLR Lounge site.

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5 Common Pre-Wedding Hair Mistakes

March 1, 2016
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You know you really shouldn’t chop off ten inches or dye your hair purple right before the big day, but did you know that dirty locks and leave-in conditioner are huge no-nos as well? Chances are, you didn’t. We hit up a bunch of bridal hairstylists to get the scoop on the not so obvious pre-wedding hair mistakes too many brides make. Be honest, are you guilty of any of the below?
1. Picking the wrong hair accessory…
For your style of dress, wedding and/or hairdo! The right accessory will glam up your whole look, while the wrong one can be gaudy, misplaced and ruin everything, says wedding beauty expert and founder of A Bridal Piece, Keka Heron. “Take the time to shop around, and consult with your stylist for the best piece for your desired look.”
2. Using a leave-in conditioner or doing a deep conditioning treatment right before
Soft hair, do care! Depending on how often you wash your mane, the bridal stylists at Eva Scrivo Salon suggest doing a deep conditioning treatment no sooner than one to two shampoos prior to your wedding date. “Otherwise, your hair will be too soft to work with, which will affect the longevity of the style,” they explain. As for leave-in conditioner, steer clear of it the wedding week. “Leave-in conditioner tends to leave your locks looking oily and dirty for a few days afterward so if you’re planning on giving your hair a last minute rejuvenation, make sure you do it at least a week in advance,” warns bridal hair and makeup artist Jordan Mae.
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Get them for your trial, not just the day of! As Brittany Lo, Founder of Manhattan-based beauty service company Beautini, points out, many brides fall in love with a hairstyle on Pinterest only to discover that it looks totally different on them at their trial. So they purchase hair extensions last minute to fix it. The problem with this? Extensions often need to be cut and color matched, cautions Lo. “We’ve had brides show up with hair extensions they want to use that are a completely different color and poor quality.” If you decide to use hair extensions, she highly recommends splurging for 100% human (Remy) hair and avoiding the synthetic kinds.4. Not washing your hair
Turns out, dirtier isn’t better! A lot of brides show up with dirty hair because someone once told them it’s better for their style, notes NYC hairstylist Amy Moscowitz of Cutler Salon. “On the contrary, if the hair is too oily it can be very hard to manage. Instead, arrive with clean, dry hair so that your stylist can prep it with the proper products.”

5. Skipping cuts and trims for the sake of long locks
Big mistake, brides! Most girls want their hair to be as long as possible so they avoid haircuts and trims until after the wedding, tells Moscowitz. “This is a bad idea because the ends will split and continue to split until they look horribly damaged. This will definitely show if you’re wearing your hair down,” she warns. I recommend a small half-inch trim every 12 weeks for a bride that is growing her hair. This will keep it long but healthy.”

 

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The Complete Guide to Where to Put Your Eye Makeup

February 23, 2016
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Eyeliner, eyeshadow, blending brushes — oh my! Learning to use eye makeup is no easy task, even for seasoned beauty buffs. If you have a tough time decoding all those tricky makeup tutorials, we have an easy guide to each part of the eye so you know where all those eyeliners, mascaras, eye shadows, etc. should go:
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​​​BROW BONE/HIGHLIGHT
If you want your brows to “pop” and open up your eye area, you can add a matte or shimmery pale eye shadow directly under the brow.
LID
Typically, your main shade or shades of eye shadow go on your eyelid, but you can get creative with your eyeliner here, as well. Some people have a lot of space here, while others have very little — it varies from person to person.
​CREASE
Between your brow bone and eyelid, applying a darker shade of eyeshadow here, right along your eye socket, adds dimension to your eye. Tip: If you have hooded eyes, play with different placements for crease shadow, opening your eyes after each test to see which placement makes your crease shadow visible.
​OUTER V
The outermost corner of the eye where eyeliner or deeper shades of eye shadow are typically applied in a “V” shape, though you can blend your makeup into a “C” shape for a softer effect.
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​UPPER LASHLINE
Right along and above the edges of your upper eyelid where your eyelashes begin, you can define your eye with eyeliner or eyeshadow, or even simply mascara.​
WATERLINE
The inner rim of the eye, the waterline can be host to dark eyeliner to add a smokey look or pale nude eyeliner to make the eye look wider and more awake.
LOWER LASHLINE
Just below the waterline, your lower lash line is where liner and shadow can be applied to define the eyes.
TEAR DUCT
This is the inner corner of the eye, and where you can add a little pale or shimmery shadow here to open things up.
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What You’re Eating May Be Ruining Your Face.

February 19, 2016
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Before your reach for that second cookie (a pour another glass of wine), consider this: Your diet may be affecting more than your weight and health, it could be ruining your skin, too. How? It’s all detailed in a new book, Younger Skin Starts in the Gut, out in March 2016, from Dr. Nigma Talib, a London-based naturopathic doctor and skincare specialist.
Not only does she claim she can distinguish which foods someone overeats based on their complexion, but she’s even come with names for each not-so-healthy look, including “wine face,” “dairy face,” and so on.
Curious if you have one of these “faces”? Dr. Talib has created handy visual aids to help you figure it out. We also chatted with her to find out ways to combat these annoying skin problems — and get a healthier complexion.
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WINE FACE
There are plenty of benefits of drinking red wine — in moderation, that is. Just as red wine can stain your teeth and mess with your mouth, it can lead to your skin looking ruddy and lined.
​The Symptoms
Pronounced lines or blemishes between the eyebrows, droopy eyelids, pronounced fine lines and wrinkles underneath the eyes, dehydrated skin with feathery lines across the cheeks, enlarged pores, a reddish skin tone, and deep nasolabial folds.
​What It Means
“On top of the fact that it’s full of sugar — as well as potentially pesticides and sulphites — wine causes dehydration,” Dr. Talib told ​Good Housekeeping​. She adds: Your body loses water, your liver is overworked, and your digestion can go “haywire” the day after indulging, leading your skin to look wrinkly, ruddy, and saggy.
Even worse than the short term effects: If you drink excessively on a regular basis, Dr. Talib warns that you can disrupt your gut’s bacteria, leading it to be potentially pathogenic, meaning it can cause diseases. In short, drinking a fourth glass of wine multiple times per week just isn’t worth it.
So, how much wine ​is​ safe for your skin — and how can you get rid of these symptoms?
“I recommend taking a break from alcohol for three weeks,” she advises. After that, Dr. Talib suggests living an “80:20 life,” where you have a glass or two of wine 20% of the time, but totally abstain from booze the other 80%
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​The Symptoms
Swollen eyelids, under eye bags, darkness under the eyes, widespread acne and blemishes, pale cheeks, and concentrated pimples on the chin.
​What It Means
Putting an extra splash of milk in your coffee or adding just one more scoop of ice cream to your sundae may be tempting, but Dr. Talib warns that it can seriously upset your complexion — even if you’re not lactose intolerant. “As you get older, you lose the enzymes that let you properly digest lactose,” says Talib. This leads to inflammation all over your body, including your face, which can appear tired and red.
If your face is starting to appear swollen and sleepy, and your skin looks dull and bumpy, Talib recommends taking a break from dairy all together for a few weeks to see how different your complexion can look.
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SUGAR FACE
​The Symptoms
Lines and wrinkles on the upper forehead, sagging under the eyes, widespread blemishes and pustular or cystic acne, gaunt appearance, thinning of the skin, dark gray or pasty white hue to the complexion.
What It Means
​It’s no secret that consuming a bunch of sugar on a regular basis can wreak havoc on your weight, energy, and overall health, but it can also mess with your skin. Sugar leads to glycation, a process in which excess glucose molecules cling to your collagen, distorting it and leading it to be stiff.
If you really want amazing skin and you’re sick of seeing all those spots and fine lines, we’ve got bad news for you. “I recommend avoiding sugar as much as possible — there’s nothing nutritious about it,” says Talib, but adds that it’s okay “every now and then, in moderation.” Key word: moderation.
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Meet the delightful Devan and Stephen- A Real Love Story

February 16, 2016
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From the first time we talked to Devan about her wedding, her infections smile and zest for life were so apparent….even over the phone.
We asked her to share a bit about the love of her life, Stephen and how special their day was and here’s what she had to say
Stephen and I met in February when he moved to Las Vegas. His first impression of me was, “This is one crazy lady!” (crazy in a good way, of course). I thought, “This guy is really cool! We’re going to become great friends.” Over the next few months we shared lots of laughs, hikes, tacos, church services, did I mention tacos? Ever so slightly, our friendship began to grow and on Sunday, May 31st, we got engaged!
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Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
This verse truly captures the love that Stephen and I have for God as well as each other. We believe that because of our delight in Christ, he has blessed us with one another. So, on Sund​ay, November 22nd, we made a shared commitment to delight in one another for the rest of our lives and we are very excited about that!
Devan and Stephan- it was an absolute joy to be part of your special day.
The entire Makeup In The 702 family would like to wish you both a life time of joy and abundance.
Venue: Angel Park Golf Club – Jessie Reid
D.J.: DJ Plus – Sam Davis​
(samdavis927@outlook.com)
Photography: Rapp Photography – Stephanie Boulton
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The Trick to Making Your Wedding-Day Lipstick Last Longer.

February 12, 2016
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The last thing you want to do is spend your entire wedding doing lipstick touch-ups. From the first kiss and multiple cheek kisses you’ll give guests to sipping on champagne and chowing down on the wedding cake, your lip color is bound to get smudged throughout your big night. To help ensure your pout looks as perfect as possible (for as long as possible), we rounded up a few beauty tricks guaranteed to give you a photo-worthy wedding-day smile.
Get your beauty sleep.
 Your lips require some pampering before they can handle a coat of color. Sleep with lip balm on your wedding eve, and re-apply in the morning. (like Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer!)
Don’t forget to prep.
Before you swipe, exfoliate your lips gently with a sugar scrub or a clean toothbrush. For extra staying power, coat your lips with a primer, which creates a smooth, fade-proof surface, or fill in with a hydrating lip pencil.
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Choose your formula wisely.                                                                                                                                                      In typical long-lasting lipsticks — think two-sided wands with liquid lip color on one end and a shiny topcoat on the other — silicones in the top coat suck moisture from your lips. Newer, all-in-one formulas fix all that by locking in moisture, leaving behind a more velvety finish with no topcoat needed. For long-lasting results, silicones are still king, but look for formulas with natural oils, aloe, and vitamin E for extra moisturizing power.

Brush, blot, repeat.
 Go extra-bold by applying color in layers: brush on (using a lip brush avoids feathering), blot with a tissue, and, once dry, add another coat. If you cant stand the drying feeling of lipstick, try a color-rich moisturizing crayon, like Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick. 
Go ahead, re-apply.
Many formulas (especially stains) will fade evenly into a lighter hue, but most lipsticks, particularly lighter pinks and nudes, will require at least one re-application. And no, that doesn’t mean swiping on an extra layer. Bring a makeup removing wipe, start with a clean slate, and recreate the look from scratch.

 

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Happy New Year Beautiful People!!

January 1, 2016
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The entire Makeup In The 702 family wishes you and all those you hold dear, a 2016 full of health, happiness, adventure and abundance.
The last 12 months have been a whirlwind ride for all of us and we are so excited for what the next year holds for us.
Be sure to follow Makeup In The 702 on social media to keep up with all of our new adventures in 2016.
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Mrs. United States Pageant Week With Mrs. North Dakota

July 24, 2015
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Nothing but joy and excitement right now!! In 24 hours I will be in Vegas embracing one of the biggest opportunities in my life! My goal in this competition is to represent my state, myself as a woman of faith and as a proud spouse in the absolute best way I can. Praying that all the gifts and abilities God has given me will shine bright in everything I do this week.

Three weeks ago we introduced you to  Angelina Yarbrough, Mrs. North Dakota for the 2015 Mrs. United States pageant. Well here it is- day one of the pageant with a 4:30 am call time for Miss Angelina Yarbrough. Excitement is in the air as the 2015 Mrs. Untied States pageant is officially underway!

For the candidates it is the personal experience of a lifetime. Contestants enlist the support of their husbands and join other contestants to compete for the prestigious Mrs. United States crown. This week we will be celebrating the adventures of Mrs. North Dakota and cheering her every step of the way. For the next 3 days there will be personal interviews, swim suit competition , evening gown completion as well as an impromptu question asked of the 10 finalists.

 

 

 

What an amazing first day! It's been so fun meeting so many beautiful and accomplished women, I am very proud to be standing with them! I had a great time getting to know my roommate Mrs. Minnesota and eating Mexican food (yum) and chatting it up at the bowling alley with other queens! Great first day. Now it's off to bed, gotta be up and ready for my 6am photoshoot... Yikes!! So far, so fun though. I give God all the glory for placing me here this week

What an amazing first day! It’s been so fun meeting so many beautiful and accomplished women, I am very proud to be standing with them! I had a great time getting to know my roommate Mrs. Minnesota and eating Mexican food (yum) and chatting it up at the bowling alley with other queens! Great first day. Now it’s off to bed, gotta be up and ready for my 6am photoshoot… Yikes!! So far, so fun though. I give God all the glory for placing me here this week

Day 2 of the Mrs. United States pageant brings excitement, gorgeous gowns and of course always representing their respective state.

“Starting with the state costumes!! I am the Sunflower, from the state that grows more sunflowers than anywhere in the U.S.!!”

Each day keeps getting better! Today we had our interviews and got to show the judges who we are and where we come from!

 

 

 

Celebrating the pageant with her Hubby Jake.

Celebrating the pageant with her Hubby Jake.

Day 3 Today is the final day. Each of the 50 contestants knows this is it and by evenings end the winner will be announced. I arrived at the South Point Hotel super early, while waiting downstairs prior to going up to Angelina’s room I was as nervous for all these girls as they were. One by one they pass me, some with curl sets, some with no makeup some with full makeup each giggling with excitement as they ride up the elevator to head to their prospective rooms to get ready. In just a short time the final 15 would be announced and then the winner, finally my team and I go up as well.

Here is the final days look for Angelina.

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“It’s been a great experience to be at the national pageant this year. All we are ever expected to do in this life is our best and that’s what I did. I gave this opportunity all I had to give and I although I didn’t walk away with a top spot or title, I did walk away with much joy and gratitude to have been able to stand among an outstanding group of women. It has truly been an honor!”

Although Mrs.North Dakota did not win Mrs. United States she will always hold the crown in our eyes. Thank you so much for asking us to be such an amazing experience with you.

Congratulations to Mrs. Texas! You’ll do us all proud!

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Makeup In The 702-Official Sponsor for Mrs. North Dakota for the 2015 Mrs. United States pageant

July 3, 2015
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Picture4I couldn’t think of a better time than the week of Fourth of July to announce this amazing news!  Makeup in the 702 is proud to sponsor the hair and makeup for Angelina Yarbrough, Mrs. North Dakota for the 2015 Mrs. United States pageant.   There’s been more than a little news on beauty pageants the past few weeks, but Mrs. United States holds the crown when it comes to history, poise and beauty.

Recognized as “the premier event of its kind” and the largest pageant system available to married women, each year we welcome contestants from all 50 states and the U.S. territories to a gala national pageant in the glittering city of Las Vegas!

Founded in 1986 by Isabella Ilacqua, the Mrs. United States National Pageant system was created out of respect and admiration for married women of beauty and intelligence.

Mrs. Ilacqua sought to provide a forum to publicly recognize and acknowledge the fact that married women often play many roles as wife, mother, homemaker and/or professional with a flair and resilience uncommonly found elsewhere.

Recognized as “the premier event of its kind” and the largest pageant system available to married women, each year we welcome contestants from all 50 states and the U.S. territories to a gala national pageant in the glittering city of Las Vegas!

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Picture3I am absolutely inspired by Angelina’s platform; “One of my greatest reasons for entering the Mrs. United States competition is the opportunity to become a spokeswoman for countless young women who struggle with self-esteem issues and to be the voice of encouragement that they need. Our society heavily influences women, especially in its demand for physical perfection. I want to inspire women to find beauty and greatness in their own passions and dreams rather than follow the media’s lead that encourages obsession over physicality. My heart breaks for women and young girls who struggle with low self-esteem to the point of dangerous eating disorders, and I have made it my goal to take the opportunity as Mrs. North Dakota to help young women recognize their value and importance and to re-define the meaning of true beauty.  I want to be the voice that encourages women all around the country to grow in their passions, dreams and aspirations rather than shrink their
clothing size.” ~Angelina Yarbrough

Many married women are an inspiration to their families, friends, colleagues and community—the role of wife, mother and career woman does not prevent some women from finding time to become involved in community activities or from maintaining her health, beauty, and mind.

The Mrs. United States National Pageant® contestant is an intelligent, married woman who knows what she wants in her career, family and appearance. She maintains a strong sense of identity and embodies the true spirit of “complete woman”… total beauty.

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