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Caboodles and scrunchies have returned to the shelves at Target, and it’s finally cool to rock a fanny pack again. You can sit back and laugh with The Connors on TV (minus Roseanne) and our favorite friends are talking about meeting back at Central Perk.

It looks like undoubtedly the 90s are back, and all our favorite parts of it too! (Not, you know, the parts where we have zits and angst.)

But one of the best gifts that the 90s gave us? Glamour Shots

Glamour Shots of the 90s

Tucked into the corner of shopping malls, Glamour Shots had it all. The overly hairsprayed hair, the feather boas, the sultry looks, the opportunity to turn into Cindy Crawford for half an hour.

And they are back and better than ever (minus the malls, hairspray, and feather boas - unless that’s what you’re in to.)

Perhaps you remember the feeling of finding your own special little portal in the mall into a place where your top half could be transformed into a supermodel. Or maybe you’re too young to have the experience, but you have enjoyed a good laugh at awkward glamour shots living on forever thanks to the internet.

Whatever the case, the truth remains: Glamour Shots allowed us all a break from our otherwise normal lives with a little bit of glitz and glamour.

And that’s something that never gets old.

Top 5 Reasons Glamour Photoshoots Rock

(and why you should totally embrace your inner 90s child and rock one yourself)

1. For Your Inner Supermodel

She’s a total diva and she’s dying to come out! Feel the fake wind blowing in your hair and give us your fiercest Beyonce look. She deserves to feel glamorous, and she knows it.

2. To Remind Your Loved Ones How Incredibly Lucky They Are

Just imagine the joy on their faces when you give them the gift that lasts a lifetime: beautiful you (in a variety of sizes!)

3. Because You Crushed Another Milestone

Lost 20 pounds? Turned 45? Walked your first 5k after recovering from surgery? Finished Netflix? All of these are reasons to celebrate and commemorate the memory.

4. Because You Have an Event to Attend

If you’re on your way to a party or wedding and you want the chance to

get pampered while transforming into the most beautiful version of yourself, you can do that with glamour shots. Not only will you look great, but you’ll have souvenirs of the experience!

5. To See How Beautiful You Are (In Case You Forgot)

It’s a shame that as many women get older, they avoid mirrors and cameras more than ever. Investing in a glamour photoshoot can remind you that you are more beautiful than ever.

Glamour Photography Today

If you’re worried about images that won’t age well (like some Glamour Shots), you really don’t need to worry. A lot has changed in glamour photography in the last 30 years.

Gone are the Aqua Net coiffures and bedazzled denim jackets, and in their place professional hair, natural makeup, wardrobe styling, and image retouching.

Feeling glamorous should never be a privilege confined to celebrities and the ultra-rich. Now you can have images of yourself that look like they belong on the cover of Vogue or Vanity Fair.

Because glamour is one thing that never goes out of style.

Here's some of my latest work.

Collage of Glamour Portraits

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Updated: Jul 19, 2021

This is my ninth feature in my portrait series 100 Years Strong. Commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, this series of portraits is a celebration of strength, victory and beauty featuring fierce, fearless women in Deep East Texas.

It takes a lot of hustle and sacrifice to build a business. More and more women are wanting to live their dream of owning a business and in the United States, women entrepreneurs have been increasing by an amazing 3,000% since 1972. Texas has the largest percentage of women-owned businesses in the nation. Additionally, Black female-owned business are the fastest growing economic force in the U.S. The number of Black women owning businesses in the US is up more than 460% in the last 20 years. Female entrepreneurs are successful because they set achievable sales goals, prioritize collaboration, grow their businesses slowly and methodically, and employ excellent time management skills.

It is important to consider the history of Black female entrepreneurship. During post-Emancipation, self-employment was the only economy they were allowed to participate in and some women thrived. Madam C.J. Walker created specialized hair products for Black women and became America's first black self-made millionaire.

In 2020, women are still stepping out in courage and making their dreams a reality! Jasmine Sterns is the owner of Posh Beauty Bar in Nacogdoches, where she provides all her customers The Jasmine Experience! Read on to learn more!

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity.  But I made it!  Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come.  Get up and make them.” - Madame C.J. Walker

This is a question I ask everyone, do you have a favorite motivational quote? Take your own path. It was designed for you!

Who are the women that have inspired you? Debra Davis, my mom. Tanesha Smith, my cousin.  Raynell Stewart. Courtney Adeyele.

Can you tell me some more about Posh Beauty Bar and the services that you offer? Posh Beauty Bar is a one stop shop, where you can get your hair, lashes and skin care done. We also offer hair extensions, lashes (eye glass wear and posh merchandise in our retail area). Posh is very dear to me. I started it with my own money, no bank loans or grants, no help from anyone except myself, God, my mom, hard work and dedication.

What were you doing before this, and is this your first business? Before i stated Posh I worked in sales of every kind. I was a sales manager at Etech; counter manager for Clinique; I sold cars. Pretty much any thing you put in front of me!

What are some of the challenges that you experienced while trying to start your business?  Mostly my neighbors. There’s a huge hindrance with parking between the two businesses in which eventually it became ugly, however God made me a tough cookie. It all worked out in the end.

What is something that you wish you knew before starting your business? I wish I knew the importance of having a standalone business.

What have you done that has been very effective in helping to grow the business? My uniqueness in marketing and growing an audience 

What are your long-term goals? My long term goal is to grow Posh as big as Paul Mitchell, maybe even bigger, and also to be an celebrity stylist.

What is some advice you can offer a woman who is looking to start her own business? Enjoy your journey. Bigger is not always better. Starting small can be beneficial.

I am looking for more fierce, fearless women to participate in this portrait study. If you or someone you know would be interested in sharing your story, please contact me. You can learn more about my project here -

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This is my eighth installment feature in my portrait series 100 Years Strong. Commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, this series of portraits is a celebration of strength, victory and beauty featuring fierce, fearless women in Deep East Texas.

On May 25, 2020, the world watched in horror as George Floyd was senselessly murdered by 3 officers kneeling on him for 8 minutes and 46 seconds while he repeatedly said "I can't breathe". Then next day, hundreds of people marched to the 3rd Precinct of the Minneapolis Police demanding justice. Unrest quickly spread nationwide and then around the world. The majority of the protests were peaceful, although some cities have been marked by rioting and looting. There were calls for justice, police reform, and even in some communities demands to eliminate the police department entirely.

Locally, Marquicia (Keke) Brown, age 24 was moved to action and felt it was important to organize a rally in Lufkin. She took the initiative to organize the Marching with a Voice, Not Violence rally. One June 6th, she brought together leaders in Lufkin -- local pastors and the chief of police to speak. There was a strong message of togetherness as a community. Speakers called for education, awareness and legitimate change. It was a beautiful, diverse and peaceful event. As Lufkin residents called for unity during the rally, an auspicious rainbow spread against the blue skies as if to signal God's blessing on this event.

"The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them." - Ida B. Wells-Barnett

This is a question I ask everyone, do you have a favorite motivational quote? “She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” –Proverbs 31

What inspired you to organize the ‘Marching with a Voice, Not Violence’ rally?  I’ve always said that I wanted to be a positive part of change, organizing the rally was my way of not just talking about it, but being about it.

Have you ever organized something like this before?  What propelled you? No. I have never done anything like this before, and I was really nervous about it. To be honest, I did not think people would show up.

What were you hoping would come out of this? In my 24 years, I’ve seen so many terrible things happen to people and people of color, I just hoped that maybe this would help open up people’s eyes to what the actual problem is.

What was noteworthy about the rally and the crowd that attended it? Unity. The only way that things will change is if we are all united in our ways of thinking. Honestly, there were more white people than brown people. That stuck out to me most of all, because we do in fact have other people fighting for and with us.

#BlackLivesMatter has often been characterized as a youth movement. What do you want to impart to other young people?  Most of all, I want people to understand that #BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean that only Black Lives Matter, it just means that #BlackLivesMatterToo.

Why do you think we are seeing so many young women leading? As the song says, this is a man’s world but it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl. Women are awesome, so I’m not surprised!

Who are some leaders that have inspired you? Well first, my leader Pastor Tammy L Derrick, she’s been an inspiration to me since I met her. Second, Harriet Tubman, she risked her life to bring slaves to freedom. I would love to be that brave.

What’s next for you?  I am going to keep doing everything I can to make a change and a difference in this world.

What advice would you give to young girls that also want to make a difference in their community?  Get up, get out, and do something. How could you make it if you never even tried? Whatever it is that you want out of life, just go make it happen sis. I will always root for you!

Be a part of the movement! I am photographing 19 women of strength for my portrait series. If you or someone you know would be interested in sharing your story, please contact me. You can learn more about my project here -

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