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Appearances Salon in Springfield to launch, The Looking Glass Project

Updated: Monday, July 28 2014, 08:18 AM CDT
Ten, rising high school freshmen from Jefferson Middle School were
chosen to be a part of, The Looking Glass Project.  The purpose behind it is to build self esteem and confidence.

honestly wanted to learn more about how to enhance my appearance 'cause
I'm already pretty confident," participant, Alexandra Arther said.

The teens meet at Appearances Salon in Springfield once a week where they learn
how to do their hair, nails, skin and make-up.

Karen Crump, the Principal at Jefferson says this project is perfect for this impressionable age group,
starting a new chapter in their life in middle school they go through a
few changes and then when they go through high school it's like a
beginning for them," Crump said.  So it's a self-discovery, embracing
who they are and finding out  their likes and dislikes."

She also says these girls have become accustomed to viewing unrealistic standards of beauty in the media.

"That's the part that the young ladies don't see, the enhancement piece," Crump said. 
It's not what you see on tv, what you see on billboards, what you see in the model aspect."

It's through educational videos, workshops and even photo shoots, Crump says these students learn to embrace and accept
who they are; and it's paying off.

"[It's] Definitely [helped] my confidence," Arther said.  "A weak woman does not last long in high school, so I am told."Appearances Salon in Springfield to launch, The Looking Glass Project

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