Changing the Face of Beauty with Teryelle Designs!

I love the opportunity to work with companies that are interested in representing models of all abilities!  The moment I met Terry, owner and designer of Teryelle Girls I knew she believed in the mission of Changing the Face of Beauty as much as I did.  She was very excited to come together on a collaboration for Christmas!

The Teryelle line is super fun and edgy and it was inspired by our own funky street style here in Chicago!  I love it and think it looks fabulous on all girls.  I especially love the colors and patterns!  The are a blast to pair with just about anything.

These girls look fabulous if you ask me!  My favorite part of these projects is the affect they have on everyone involved.  The models, the parents, the volunteers and especially the designers.  To see how everyone can come together and create amazing imagery is something pretty magical.  I always leave with a big happy heart.

Now for the good part!  From now until Christmas Eve Teryelle will be donating 20% of sales to our favorite foundation, The Mighty Acorn Foundation to support their Christmas in Kitale!  They are hoping to make this Christmas magical for all the kids living in their orphanage in Kenya!  Teryelle plans to help make that happen!

Please check out all their amazing designs on their site.  Make sure to keep up with their happenings on Instagram!

Thank you Teryelle for believe in the mission behind Changing the Face of Beauty as well as showing your consumers that you value every single one of them!

Much Love - Katie

Advertising 2015 here we come! #changingthefaceofbeauty

It is in your hands.  This will not happen without you and you and you and you.  If you think someone else will do it you are wrong.  We need YOU and your friend and your friends, friend.  We need every single one of you to grab this hashtag #changingthefaceofbeauty and run with it.
It takes 2 seconds and a Facebook or twitter account!  That is it!  A video with a message to a retailer and your friends saying you recognize this is a problem and you want it changed.  You want EVERYONE to feel valued in this country, regardless of ability.  Then challenge someone else to do the same!
So lets do this!

We are on ELLENTUBE!  Stop by and let Ellen we need her help!
Go Go Go!  We all have a voice and it is super loud when we work together!
Representation for individuals living with disabilites in the media means jobs in the future!  That means a brighter world for all of us.
OX  Katie

Changing the Face of Beauty with the Mighty Acorn Foundation

Hi All!

It is difficult to put into words the magic that happened just down the road from my house a week ago.  So many emotions wrapped up in those 2 days and for me (Katie) one of the largest projects I have had the opportunity to be a part of.  From beginning to end, I have to say, every step was a learning experience that I am grateful for.
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I met Denise DeMarchis, founder of Matilda Jane and the Mighty Acorn Foundation five short months ago.  She immediately understood what it meant to be seen in media and advertising.  She is a big dreamer and knew right away she wanted to do something to push the envelope.  She wanted to challenge her friends and the companies she worked beside for so many years to get on board and think about changing the way they advertise their designs.
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These companies not only got on board but they actually showed up!   None of us will forget those 17 girls who represented their designs with true and pure beauty.   I was asked what my hopes were for this project and a flood of emotion came over me.  There are so many hopes that run through my mind during every project but the outcomes are always far beyond what I could have ever imagined.  This project was no different, 17 girls left feeling strong, beautiful and important and 9 companies left questioning their future advertising campaigns.  That is pretty amazing.
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I know I talk about it all the time but I believe opportunities like these matter because what we see every day matters.  Although we might feel that imagery is superficial we are still influenced by it.  I know this world is a big place and the opportunity for change is vast.  I have to believe that each and every situation we have to influence another person's perception and open their mind to something they never even thought about before is important.  That person might just take what they have learned and share it with someone else.  They might even consider hiring a person living with an intellectual disability.  That is what this is all about you know.  Futures, independence and opportunity for all people living with a difference.  I believe advertising is that powerful.
"You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all the worlds problem's at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own." - Michelle Obama
I hope the mission behind this project grows and brings inspiration to others.  Individuals living with disabilities are the largest minority in the world and remain the most under represented in the media as well as the work force.  That needs to change and I believe it will change as long as we continue to talk about it.
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I can not thank Mighty Acorn Foundation enough for believing in the future of my daughter and yours.  I appreciate them standing up and investing in a cause that will change the world for our children.  They will be compiling the pictures into a beautiful look books that will be given to each participating company so they too can share the mission of inclusion with their consumers.
And to the companies that participated Matilda Jane, Oilily USA, Livie and Luca, Mustard Pie, Persnickety, Kpea Originals, North American Bear, Lemon Loves Lime, Birthday Express and Buy Costumes THANK YOU for making these girls even more beautiful by dressing them in your stylish designs!
A special thanks for Kelle Hampton for attending the event and capturing on video the beauty and interactions of 17 girls from all backgrounds and abilities.
Look for updates on Mighty Acorn's website in the coming weeks.  They will be auctioning all the clothing and shoes the designers so kindly donated to help support future projects as well as help GiGi's Playhouse Oak Forest rebuild after loosing their building they moved into last fall.  The gifts keep on giving!
OX Katie


WOW what a year it has been and continues to be!  We are over whelmed by the media attention our campaign has had and continues to receive.  Our goal was always to continue the conversation about integration in the media and advertising as well as encourage others to do the same.

Why isn't advertising more integrated?

Our Campaign has been featured on........

Huffington Post 3 times!
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Chicago Tribune

The Today Show

Today online

ABC News 

Good Morning America

FOX News

People Magazine




To name a FEW!

We are continually looking for new opportunities to assist companies with a more integrated media message.  If you are in need of help in finding talent please contact us and we would be happy to help you through our social media channels.  If you are looking for opportunity in modeling feel free to contact our partners because we are not a modeling agency.

Markus Giolas at Real Talent, Inc here in Chicago.  He is a staffing agent and can guide you.

Gail Williamson at Down Syndrome in the Arts and Media in Hollywood.  She has and continues to be an excellent reference for models of all abilities nationwide.

Please do connect with us on Facebook, we often share open casting calls for our own projects as well as other projects shared with us.

Here is a sample of our most recent work.

                                                                 "Back to School 2014"

Our goal was to create images that included models of all abilities.  We felt it was important for all children to be able to relate to the back to school imagry.  If you would like to see more of this shoot as well as a behind the scenes video you can check out 

Special thanks to RUUM, TEA Collection, The Good Ones, Seam Collection, and CHOOZE for styling our gorgeous kids!

Thank you for visiting our site and feel free to look around!  Don't leave without connecting with us as well as checking out our gorgeous gallery of children and young adults of all abilities!  

Changing the Face of Beauty Gallery Exhibit - Chicago IL

We were so thrilled by the gallery exhibit showcasing 18 models here in Chicago who happen to be living with a disability.  Micheal Canavan of Michael Canavan Photography donated his time to Changing the Face of Beauty and participated in a commercial photo shoot for all 18 models and then created a beautiful gallery exhibit this past June where creatives as well as families and friends came to view his work!

We are very thankful to SolidLine Media for creating this amazing video for us!

We know perceptions were changed that night and we are so very thankful to all who participated!

Our hope is that all advertisers will include everyone in their advertising campaigns all the time.