Beauty boot camp aims to boost teen esteem


Shannon Sharpe is expanding her teen program with Camp Beautiful: Beauty Boot Camp, weekly June 18-Aug. 10.


For most people, middle school is a tough time. There are increased academic pressures, not to mention the intense social pressure that arises during the transitional (and hormonal) time between elementary and high school. Local middle school teacher Shannon Sharpe noticed the effect that pressure had on her students, particularly the girls.

“My students, girls mainly, are not focused due to a million other issues that are going on in their heads,” she says. “It is hard to teach when their concerns and priorities are elsewhere.”

So, Sharpe, who’s also a professional makeup artist, decided to create a program to help local teens build self-esteem and learn grooming techniques to help improve their self-image. She started with the Young Miss (Conversionz4Girlz) mentoring program, which offers monthly workshops on makeup, grooming, etiquette and self-esteem January-September.

This summer, she’s expanding the program with Camp Beautiful: Beauty Boot Camp, weekly June 18-Aug. 10.

“As I began to talk to (my students), I realized a major concern was appearance and self-esteem and that they needed a little guidance in that area,” she says. “As a makeup artist, I know the confidence gained when looks are enhanced by makeup, and I wanted to provide that same confidence for my younger ladies.”

More than just a primer in makeup application, the camp offers students skills to become more confident from the inside out. Weekly sessions include guidance in speaking up for one’s self and interacting positively with others, plus etiquette lessons and an emphasis on loving and respecting one’s self. Campers will also learn about proper makeup application to achieve a natural, age-appropriate look.

Registration is open for the camp, which is held at Sharpe’s makeup studio in downtown Apex. Weeklong sessions are $125 per camper. For more information and to register, call 919-432-4682 or visit

Jewels in the trunk

JoElle Van Roekel of SueCee Jewelry will bring some of the Richmond-based line’s latest pieces to NoFo at the Pig for a trunk show this weekend. It all starts with a preview party 6-8 p.m. Friday, followed by a show 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 919-710-1041.

Menswear in the trunk

Local designer Rob Butler will have a trunk show for his Butler Custom Clothing menswear line this weekend. The show – with custom pieces, casual wear and accessories – will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at the North Hills Club (4824 Yadkin Drive, Raleigh). For more info, visit

Gift dad, help others

Father’s Day shoppers can do more than just score a gift for Dad this weekend at Saks Fifth Avenue in Triangle Town Center. Thursday through Saturday, the store will host a Father’s Day Charity Shopping Weekend, with 5 percent of sales of men’s ties and pocket squares going to The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s annual appeal to fund prostate cancer research. For more info, call 919-792-9100.

A model citizen

Dunn teenager Kayla Armstrong needs your vote! Armstrong was chosen from thousands of entries nationwide as one of 10 finalists in the Model Management/Bakers shoes “Are You the Next PromGirl?” model search. The winner will receive a modeling contract with NEXT, an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for two fashion shoots, plus gift cards to and Bakers. Voting is open through June 21 at

She gave, so can you

Raleigh native and Tony Award winner Beth Leavel is putting her Broadway fame to use for a good cause. The actress recently donated her time and fashion sense to style a suit to be donated to the Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive, a charity initiative that collects gently worn business attire to be distributed to men transitioning back into the workforce. The suit Leavel styled will be donated to Oxford Houses of North Carolina in Durham. The celebrity styling event kicked off the retailer’s suit drive, which runs through July 31. Suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts and shoes can be dropped off at any Men’s Wearhouse location for distribution to local charities.

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