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From Brazil to Fargo:
Discovering the Beauty of American Women
What are a 25-year-old woman in a wheelchair and a 102-year-old doing on a Red Carpet if they aren’t celebrities?
Far from the sunshine of Los Angeles, on Nov. 21, 2009, women from across North Dakota will gather in the often-frigid city of Fargo for the gala opening of the Beautiful Women of North Dakota, an empowering art exhibition and book release.
The Beautiful Women of North Dakota book began as an idea in the mind of photographer Billy Black. In July of 2009, after identifying 22 women through a nomination process, Billy and his wife, Chris Linnares, bestseller psychotherapist and author, who moved from Brazil to Fargo, decided to expose their three daughters to everyday women creating extraordinary lives. They took their family on a road trip in a motor home, or “house truck,” as their 3-year-old called it. Their goal: create a book about women who are quietly making our world a more beautiful place.
“When I was interviewing these women I felt truly in love with this blessed country. I wonder about women in other states who are quietly making the world a more beautiful place. I want them to be recognized. These are the women I want my daughters to see and hear about,” says Chris Linnares.
After this life changing experience they become passionate about expanding the concept of beauty by employing the same tools used to emphasize physical beauty. That’s why on Nov. 21, they will be honoring these women by giving them the same Red Carpet treatment and attention as famous artists.
“The last time I was at a big event like this was at my prom,” says Karen Wohler, one of the remarkable women who in the book represents the Beauty of Laughter for the way she lifts the spirits of those around her as she sings and cooks at her local senior citizen center.
There are also women like Deb Dawson (Beauty of Love), who is working hard to build an orphanage in Sudan, or Christine Peterson (Beauty of Service), who is leaving her two children to serve in Afghanistan.
These women aren’t seeking recognition. They aren’t gracing the cover of Vogue and their stories haven’t been featured on Entertainment Tonight. We want to change that. Our dream is to see those women in the spotlight being interviewed by national and local media and sharing their wisdom.
The Beautiful Women project begins in North Dakota, but we want to open minds across the country to the beauty of women in our own lives and communities.
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