LEARNING FROM THE BEST—Makeup artist Danielle Edmond demonstrates on one of the teen participants in the True Beauty workshop. (Photo by Diane Daniels)

Allegra Johnson of CityStyle and LaToya Johnson-Rainey of A Hair Boutique Shadyside are two entrepreneurs that understand the significance of business collaboration and helping others. Concerned about the confidence of female adolescents, together with numerous beauty professionals, journalists and motivational speakers the duo hosted a workshop and panel discussion on what it truly means to be beautiful.

“Teenagers of today are exposed to so much that causes them to question their beauty and self-image. They are teased and bullied about their size, shape, hair and how they carry their selves,” explained Johnson-Rainey. “Allegra and I want them to know that they are fine just the way they are. That’s why we sponsored True Beauty. When we mentioned the idea to other women entrepreneurs they liked the concept. Some of them served as sponsors and others wanted hands on participation.” Sponsors included Posh Nail Boutique, Salon Blue, Sister’s Beauty Supply, The Way I See It and Wine and Words.

Much chatter and laughter occurred as the ten 14 to 17 year olds from the Barack Obama Academy of International Studies, Creative School for the Performing Arts, Imani Christian Academy, Westinghouse High School and the Propel Schools participated in the skincare and make up workshop.

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