History[ edit ] Japanese tradition holds that the practice of ama may be 2, years old. Even in modern times, ama dive without scuba gear or air tanksmaking them a traditional sort of free-diver. Early ama were known to dive for seafood and were honored with the task of retrieving abalone for shrines and imperial emperors. Ama traditionally wear white as it was believed to ward off sharks.
As I type this, I know that my initial acknowledgement of this woman centers itself on some fairly superficial merits. She is a beautiful woman who is also fiercely successful, and to focus on simply job title and appearance undermines the intention of what Project Girl Crush is.
But I must take this opportunity to underscore the fact that I still continue to be mesmerized by women based on these standard, sometimes vapid, values. Women like April intimidate the hell out of me. Asking her to be profiled made my hands tremble — because I still place women on a pedestal, allowing their stories to get clouded with my revere, and the things I assume as a result of that revere.
But back to the woman herself - with a degree in architecture and a Masters from Parsons, April began her career in interior design. What am I going to do? While her firm was finding enormous success, taking on new projects and providing a solid foundation for her family, something was missing.
And she found it in a dress — a thirty-year-old hand me down that somehow fit every occasion and every body.
Selling her business, April launched April Pride, her label that began with various iterations of that very dress. And she also acknowledges the necessity of having help amidst the change: I still get to go on a sunny vacation each year.
This is truly why I adore April. She has a unique perspective, and is profoundly honest. It could have been so easy for her to continue to build the mysterious allure that is April Pride, to breeze past the fact that she is fortunate enough to have a supportive partnership with her husband.
She easily could have taken all of the credit, and made herself appear even more inaccessible. These are the things that we rarely acknowledge, because we want to have control over the way others perceive us.
She was raised with little, in financial terms, and put herself through school. But now, her risks are different. She is carrying more weight these days, as a mother, as a wife, as a woman who changed careers because of instinct. As we talked, it became clear that April is more willing than most to reveal her quirks and shortcomings.
She is astutely self aware, and even a little self-deprecating at times. And in some regards, she absolutely is. And this is precisely what makes her so lovely.
Are you creatively fulfilled by what you do? Asking how it gets better. The magic is in the little things that compel and propel you to move forward. Where else do you find creative fulfillment?
When do you feel the most yourself?
I believe in magic. When do you feel the least yourself?
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Then, lightly pat Girl Meets Pearl on cheeks, temples and down the bridge of the nose. Next, work a dab of product below the apex in the arch of the eyebrows with a finger.
Tada! Whole process takes less than a minute to do. 🙂 Not only is Girl Meets Pearl a cinch to use, it’s also fairly flexible.