November 9, 2022 at 6:00 pm

myFace, myStory: Redefining Beauty – A Conversation

Live Broadcast: Nov 9, 2022 at 6pm ET / 3pm PT

On this month’s myFace, myStory, host Dina Zuckerberg spoke with New York makeup artist and long-time friend of myFace, Naomi Levinshtein, along with founder and director of POSITIVE EXPOSURE, a non-profit organization that promotes a more inclusive world through award-winning photography and educational programs, Rick Guidotti.

This episode was a conversation about how the definition of beauty hasn’t always been inclusive; and offered a perspective on how this has impacted those living with facial differences. Our discussion also shed light on the importance of leaders in the beauty industry being dedicated to redefining the concept of beauty, and how we can continue to progress toward a future that embraces inclusivity and beauty of all kinds.

Read about our guests below the video: 

Naomi is a creative, passionate and expressive 21-year-old. As a makeup artist with a cleft lip and palate, she knows firsthand the impact a facial difference can have on one’s confidence and self-esteem. Makeup has allowed Naomi to express herself in a way that makes her feel strong, empowered and beautiful. She is a fierce advocate of teaching compassion and empathy, and of promoting beauty from within.

Rick Guidotti, an award-winning photographer, has spent the past twenty-five years collaborating internationally with nonprofit organizations, hospitals, medical schools, educational institutions, museums, galleries, advocacy groups, and communities, working towards changing societal attitudes towards individuals living with a genetic, physical, behavioral or intellectual difference. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines and journals as diverse as Elle, GQ, People, the American Journal of Medical Genetics, The Lancet, Spirituality and Health, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly and LIFE Magazine. Rick is the founder and director of POSITIVE EXPOSURE, a non-profit organization that promotes a more inclusive world through award-winning photography and educational programs.

POSITIVE EXPOSURE has significantly impacted the world of human rights, mental health, medicine, and education by providing new opportunities to see each individual as a human being and a valued member of our society. In June 1998, Guidotti’s work was featured in LIFE Magazine’s cover story entitled, Redefining Beauty. In collaboration with the Genetic Alliance and the National Human Genome Research Institute, Rick Guidotti premiered a photographic exhibition for the People’s Genome Celebration at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in 2001. Since then, he has continued to develop exhibitions, lectures, workshops, educational programs, and initiatives around the globe.

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