ESTEEMAG DECÂ 2016
UNLEASHING YOUR INNER GEM
MAKENZIE BROOKHOUSER THE FITNESS ENTHUSIAST REVEALS HER JOURNEY OF UNDERSTANDING THE TRUE BEAUTY
THE STRONG GIRL
ESTEEMAG VOLUME 1 ISSUE 4
from the editor
Today, we talk about celebrations. From No Makeup Monday on Snapchat to Alicia Keys stopped wearing makeup, this season, we don't just celebrate holidays, but the empowerment for ourselves knowing our inner beauty. In our society, women are brainwashed into feelings that we have to be perfect, skinny or sexy to fit in. As a matter of fact, I started this magazine because I was tired of the constant judgement of women, and we should be the ones who define our own beauty standards and selfworth, not what people think of us.
I started wearing makeup since college because I wanted to feel more like an adult. I always felt weird when I went to school makeup-less. "What if they think I am ugly?" "Do I look really different?" There were insecurities, superficial, but honest thoughts that I was thinking. Then again, that was the time when I didn't realize being an adult isn't about how much makeup you put on your face nor how mature you look, but the voices in our mind - beliefs, opinions, and thinkings. And, that
is the inner beauty, which can't be defined by our peers, society, and media. "Embrace how you look and don't let your insecurities tell you what to do," - we hope to deliver this message to you through our makeup-free photoshoot. Remember, your natural beauty deserves the glory.
Happy Holidays and Let's Celebrate the Inner Beauty! GABRIELLE GEAN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
ABOUT MAKENZIE If we were to say, given a chance to change on how we look, what would it be? Makenzie Brookhouser, the young passionate lady that every single person I know, has a different and deeply held idea about who she is. She smiles coyly and says, "I am satisfied with my appearance, but if I could, I would love to improve my singing." Her asymmetrical eyes never instigated the desire to change the way she looks, but these beauteous blue eyes make people fall for her irresistible, charismatic leadership. As the former president of ethics board, her campus ESTEEMAG | 4
involvement bespeaks her experience of leading more than 20 students. When I first meet her, she is intrepid, compelling, and prepossessing. "I like my ability of connecting with people," her eyes sparks whenever people mention about her glorious achievement in speaking on the stage, in front of thousands of students. Her confidence makes her likable, and there is nothing conventional about Makenzie's journey from feeling insecure about herself on to embracing her flaws and becoming one of the most influential presidents at her university- but then again, there is nothing conventional about her outsized talent and persistent determinations to get things right. With her outshine attitude anyway, she is unique. NOMADIC
On Beauty M: Well, I think men have beauty standard but they are more genuine than women, like, how women look with and without makeup, and why women want to wear makeup. These standards make some people feel they are not good enough, and it's sad that half of the people don't realize it. For me, I think we should be comfortable with our own skin because confidence weights and ,mean a lot more than makeup.
On Makeup-Free M: It's a little strange... I feel kinda weird for not wearing makeup during the shoot. For some special events, like photoshoot, I always have a pretty extensive makeup routine. But I don't feel as selfconscious as I think I will be.
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Achieving your goals is the key to confidence. - MAKENZIE BROOKHOUSER
On Journey of Discovering Herself M: When I started college, I didn't think I was attractive enough, or skinny. I also was insecure about the freckles on my face because I just felt, I am not pretty enough. During my first two years in college, I started working out because I wanted to change how I look. But, there were multiple times I tried and failed utterly until I ran into a heavy woman at the gym... She was happy about the way she looked, and this made me feel I need to be confident about myself. There is always someone that is skinnier or heavier because real women come with all kinds of shape and size. What matters is their mind and not how they are on the outside.
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BEST WAY TO BUILD ENDURANCE
ANOTHER SIDE OF HER "I'M A WOMAN BUT IT DOESN'T MEAN I CAN'T BE STRONG." M : Instead of a hobby , working out has become my lifestyle . I go to the gym 5 or 6 times a week , I like doing some research about nutrition . Originally , I started working out because I wanted to be prettier and skinnier . But now , I ESTEEMAG | 10
work out to become stronger and the best shape of myself . My usual workout routine is lifting and weighing . I am not a big runner , though . Once my dad asked to go for 5k run with him and I did it anyway . I finished the race without stopping and I was really proud of myself ! But , I wouldn ' t want to run a marathon again . * laughs * Working out makes me feel strong , and I can do everything . The feeling of accomplishment is indescribable and gym makes me feel that way .
TO READERS AND ESTEEMAG:
You are always your biggest critics. No one criticizes you as much as you do to yourself. When you look at the mirror, you see no one but yourself. You have to understand the imperfections in yourself are not as
important as you think they are. Some people may not even notice your flaws because no one is perfect. So, don't stress the little things and embrace your insecurities. Love, Makenzie Brookhouser ESTEEMAG | 11