Today we had the most fun photo shoot with our youngest Turning Heads “supermodel”, Kristina Anderson. I first read about Kristina in People and that she was a contestant in the upcoming Miss Arizona USA Pageant. I learned Kristina is only 25 and was diagnosed in July with a rare form of ovarian cancer. The article said she was trying to find head wraps to go with her gown and for the pageant.
I immediately thought we need to get Kristina to Turning Heads for a photo shoot. I got so excited at how we could help Kristina feel better about herself and her hair loss that I e-mailed Stacy, Debbie and Olga with my idea. They loved it as much as I did. We all thought a day at Turning Heads as a “supermodel” was just what Kristina needed to get ready for the pageant.
We invited Kristina to come to our studio in Rancho Mirage as the guest of Turning Heads. I met Kristina and her very sweet and very cute boyfriend Danny early this morning. We headed over to Turning Heads and the team was there in full-force.
I watched Olga and Debbie transform Kristina into an absolutely beautiful “supermodel.” Kristina is a very pretty girl so it didn’t take much. Wil Stiles, a fabulous store in Palm Springs supplied the wardrobe for the shoot. Stacy worked her magic with the cameras and lights as Kristina totally rocked every outfit she wore. Every one looked like it was made for her. I now remember that’s what being 25 is about—looking good.
Kristina posed like a pro, I asked her if she had modeled before. I was amazed despite all the chemotherapy she’s been having how she stood strong, tall and bald and beautiful for a four hour shoot. We had a great time with play list on the iPad as we all laughed and marveled at how Kristina looked and what a good time she was having.
I saw her inner strength with every pose. We all loved her great smile which we saw often. It was a day when I went home so grateful to be part of the Turning Heads team. My 15-year old daughter, Sim was there helping Stacy out and we both said it was one of our most memorable mother-daughter days.
Ellen- Turning Heads Wordsmith & Communication “Head”