webster define extraordinary as "very unusual or remarkable."
i have been asked to be apart of a lot of really extraordinary things over the last few years.
i have seen a glimpse into worlds that without laroque i never would have.
i have seen the unglamorous side of bridal world.
the reality of the fashion industry.
the stress of retail.
the joys and struggles of a small business.
i have seen what the pageant world is really like.
i have judged garments made out of trash in the name of recycling.
have bought buttons in foreign places where the clerk and i spook the different languages.
i have been apart of the happiest times in my clients lives.
seen that it is possible to make a living off of your life.
i have met famous designers and up and coming artist.
i have seen why manufacturing in america is worth the extra cost.
i have experienced what it really takes to put on a fashion show.
i have been criticized and praised for being a young woman and an entrepreneur.
i have made dresses for colon cancer survivors out of ties and scarves of cobalt blue.
i know what its like to have people both love and dislike you and they don't even know you.
the fabric of my life has been weaved in an extraordinary way over the last five years.
last week came another humbling opportunity to be apart of a great cause. what an honor it was to be asked to be a representative for Palmetto's Health's extraordinary woman's campaign. the term "extraordinary" is an interesting label. yes, i have had an interesting path paved along the way by exceptionally wonderful and sometimes bazar events but i know that i had little to do with making those events life changing. it was, rather, the sum of everyone involved made those events extraordinary.
severing woman in the midlands is a large part of what makes Palmetto Health a great hospital and resource for south carolina. for each decade in life a woman in south carolina was chosen to represent woman in our state. what an honor. to sweeten the pot i was photographed by George Fulton for the promotional material for the campaign. i have always admired his work. his advertising and editorial work has been seen on many national campaigns. what a privilege to sit on the other side of his lens.
here is the view from his crew.
and the view from my prospective...
Palmetto Health is the health sponsor for the columbia women's show, to be held in feb. 2012 at the convention center. these photos, as well as the others from the five woman chosen will be on display to tell the story of a woman's health throughout her lifetime.
here, again, i believe that it will be the sum of all the parts that will work together to make the extraordinary woman campaign "extraordinary."