Why I Entered Bobbi Brown’s ‘Pretty Powerful Face’ Contest

August 29, 2011


image by Karen Walrond

Last week I saw a tweet that referenced a contest being run by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics to find their next Pretty Powerful Face. There are a million of these sorts of voting contests all over the internet – and I’ve never before considered throwing my hat in the ring for one because I’m not big on that whole “vote for me” approach.

But this one was different somehow.

I’ve been a big fan of Bobbi Brown’s products for many years. What I’m a bigger fan of, though, is her approach to beauty. Bobbi Brown wants you to look beautiful – but she wants you to do it in a way that looks natural and confident and celebrates your uniqueness.

Every day there are images and messages that are thrown at women and girls from all walks of life that say you are not pretty enough or thin enough or good enough and you must try harder and spend more to look NOT like yourself. I think Bobbi’s message is a better one – and it’s one that I support.

Look your best self – do it for you and as you.

I turned 41 a few weeks ago. Admittedly, I am not completely owning my forties yet. But every day I wake up I have the responsibility to help my daughter face the world with confidence and power that comes from within. Every day I get to tell her she is smart and funny and beautiful – from the inside out. She has a lot of growing to do, but she is an extraordinary beauty – physically and through her heart.

She’s a blend of so many people before her – and she’s becoming a pretty cool person of her own. And you know what? Every week I get told how much she looks like me (though I swear I don’t see it) – and recently I’ve come to realize what an extraordinary compliment that is for me. I’ve gone from saying, “Oh, she REALLY looks like her dad!” to “Thank you.” I owe that to her.

The contest asked me to define myself in one word and the describe why I should be chosen.

Turns out I’m a pretty good blend of those before me as well. That wicked joke is often told by my dad and laughed at by my mom – and I can assure you her eyebrows are perfectly groomed.

Can a 41-year old mom win something like this? I’d like to think so, but I’ll need your help.

The contest is open through November and will first pick 50 “state” winners as semi-finalists. I’d love to win for Texas – and with your help I just might. Please click on this link to bring up the image you see above. In the bottom left corner is a pink “Vote” box – click on that and you’ve voted! Easy. Fun should never be hard, you know.

Can this go anywhere? Who knows?! But thank you in advance for supporting me. You guys make the internet amazing. xo

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8 Responses to “Why I Entered Bobbi Brown’s ‘Pretty Powerful Face’ Contest”

  1. Danielle (elleinadspir) Says:

    So glad you are doing this. Just voted!

  2. elz Says:

    I voted for you hotsy totsy. How many times can I repeatedly vote?

    • Pam Says:

      Aw, thanks! I have no idea how repeat voting works. Maybe try and see if they let you? There’s nothing specific about it in the rules.

  3. Teri Says:

    I voted!

  4. Knighton Says:

    I totally voted for you. xo