Event Recap: Mommy and Me Mani-fest

By: Sophia Brewer

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BelleIEVE Beauty encouraged each “Mommy & Me Mani-Fest” attendee to contribute an individual beauty declaration to a collective vision board. Image by Ania Volovique Photography

“When a woman feels 100 percent, she gives 100 percent,” was the sounding theme for the Mommy and Me Mani-fest event held on Sept 28th at The Dream Center in Harlem.

In a joint collaboration with the Center, Dre Brown hosted the free event that targeted local mothers and daughters for a day of beauty and empowerment.

Founder of BelleIEVE Beauty, an empowerment movement with a mission to design opportunities for women in under-served communities to create healthy beauty beliefs, Brown says this has been her vision for a long time.

“Moms are daughters’ first supermodels and when I was little, I loved putting on make-up and dressing up. I have always felt that when women feel their best, they do everything better,” said Brown.

Once mothers and daughters arrived at the Dream Center, they were greeted by fashionable volunteers, dressed in all black that were on hand to assist them.

Prior to receiving free manicures, a brief introduction was given by Brown and her sister, Natalie Chevonne on what beauty meant to them. They also shared insight on a few beauty tips. In addition, raffle prizes, complimentary food and gift bags were also distributed to guests throughout the day.

Divided into four beauty–themed stations, the last stop was a vision board that required all attendees to declare and write out a beauty dream for themselves.

The event was sponsored by Ginger & Liz Colour Collections, a non-toxic nail polish line that is great for expectant mothers and young girls.

“As new moms, Ginger and I just want to support initiatives that support family, women, and bring awareness to ladies on healthier cosmetic options,” said Liz.

Event attendee Brenda Collazo says she is glad her oldest daughter tagged her on Facebook about the occasion.

“I loved it. Everyone was professional, friendly and most importantly, it was organized,” said Collazo.

Brown says she excited about future collaborations with young professionals especially in the beauty industry.

“I think it is important as young women and young professionals to remember that as we climb ladders we continue to connect with the community,” said Brown.

For more information on these change makers visit: BelleIEVE.com and GingerandLiz.com

About the Author, Sophia Brewer


Sophia Brewer is a transplant to NYC from Atlanta, Ga. She obtained a M.A Journalism from Columbia College in Chicago and received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Clark Atlanta University. Throughout her studies, she interned at top news stations in Chicago and Atlanta. In addition, she served as a Publicity Assistant for a NFL player.


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