Vydurya Lokesh, Celebrity MUA, Body Positive Influencer and Muse

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I met the amazing and wondrous Vydurya Lokesh at the Priscilla Ono Masterclass in NYC  this past summer.  I was the oldest woman there and realized quickly I was way out of my league in the course.  The silver lining, outside of learning that makeup application is an art, is meeting Vy.  Her aura is gentle, kind and she glows.  I mean her skin glows!  She reminded me of Lupita Nyongo, who also has luminescent skin and happens to be the direct descendant of Eve.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Vydurya has DNA from a Goddess of Light.  It’s who she is and I hope I captured it in this collection of photos.

One of the evenings after class, I invited her to have dinner and we ended up at Eataly near the World Trade Center, after visiting MAC, of course.  At dinner, she went on to tell me about her childhood and the tribulations she experienced at such an early age.  I realized that her past made her clueless on her beauty.  She was just happy to be alive and be a positive influence to everyone she meets.  The entire dinner, I kept thinking what a classic beauty she is and how I would love the opportunity to photograph her.  She was shocked and moved when I finally asked her.

Her last night in the states she spent with me in Maryland and we shot until late evening.  I am happy to share these with you and hope you can see the light that reflects from Vydurya that I noticed from the moment we met.

As she likes to say, “I am destiny’s child. “, not the singing group, but a child of faith that walks in light.

Please make sure to follow her on Instagram @VyduryaLokesh and Facebook @Artistry by Vydurya Lokesh.

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Photos and article by Jovanna Reyes:

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American Beauty Star premieres on Lifetime with Adriana Lima, Sir John, Sarah Brown and Russell James

 

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Sarah Brown, Russell James, Adriana Lima and Sir John at the “Cocktails and Conversations” premiere for American Beauty Star.

 

Article and photography by Jovanna Reyes

A new competition series American Beauty star premieres tonight at 10:30PM(Eastern) on Lifetime.  The international supermodel and executive producer, Adriana Lima, will host along with celebrity makeup artist, Sir John, Sarah Brown(former Vogue Beauty Director) and renowned fashion photographer, Russell James.  Every week celebrity and beauty influencers will guest star as judges, including Christie Brinkley, Behati Prinsloo, Camila Alves and Michelle Phan.

The series will feature beauty challenges for 12 hair and makeup contestants. They will have to design high fashion looks as “beauty directors”.  The winning creation will be available on the YouCam Makeup app.  The YouCam Makeup app is a complete makeover studio that allows the user to try unlimited makeup looks and hairstyles on their phone.  You can then share your new look on social media.

Lifetime hosted a “Cocktails and Conversation” to celebrate the premiere of American Beauty Star at The Gramercy Terrace at The Gramercy Hotel. Ms. Lima wore a white Alice and Olivia  dress.

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