My 2015 prom experience was definitely the “nails done, hair done, everything did” experience that every girl wishes they could have on their wedding day (that’s right, their wedding day). To get compliments like “You look like that princess from that Disney movie” or “Oh my God, I didn’t even recognize you!” or simply “You’re beautiful” are not only nice to hear but they’re also empowering and they’ll make you feel a new confidence in yourself that you never knew you could feel. And that is exactly how I felt that night and how I feel today.
I never even thought that I would attend my high school prom. I wasn’t the one to get all dressed up, or wear make up, or even do my hair up in the morning. I thought that it made me a rebel, a maverick, someone that didn’t care what others thought and was her own self. I thought that I was confident, but truth be told, I wasn’t as confident as I could have been. This all changed when I met Maristela Rapo, a woman who wouldn’t let her own predestined situation define her life, a woman that would serve as one of my biggest life inspirations.
I learned a lot from Maristela: a whole bunch of fashion tips on how to achieve the “classy” (a word she uses very often, as I have noticed) look, and how to really take care of myself and my hair and how to orchestrate a great outfit; however, the lesson that I learned from Maristela, and her team and her family, the lesson that made the biggest impact on me was that about how to live my life. I learned that the most important thing that anyone can do, is what he or she can do for someone else. What she’s done for me, and all the other girls and guys who went to prom this year, is truly immeasurable. I am a Junior in high school now, and I am destined to graduated next year. When I initially met her, I was confused and lost and uncertain about what I was supposed to do with my life; but after getting to know her, now I know that life isn’t about being better or smarter or richer than others, its about being the best that I can be, and I’ll always appreciate Ms. Maristela for teaching me this lesson.
My experience with Maristela and the Moi Moi Team was an experience that I’ll NEVER forget and that I will always cherish as a truly life changing one. I loved it.