Color me Starr!

In Colorful You!, Fashion & Beauty by Starr Vaughn

When I was asked to be a part of a new magazine for disabled people that represents the real side of us, I jumped at the opportunity. Now, being the beauty editor of Audacity magazine allows me to write about my favorite things in life: clothes and makeup. My name is Starr Vaughn.

I am a 22-year-old from South Carolina, majoring in Journalism at the University of South Carolina. I received my Associate in Arts this spring, and I am anxious to move on to bigger and better things.

I have a disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and use a wheelchair for a means of transportation. However, I live life the way I want to. I love designer clothing (even though I can’t afford these items) and watch the Style network daily, just to keep up on what’s new and hot. I have to admit that my favorites include Christian Dior, Versace, and Vuitton. The fact that fashion designers can turn a simple thing, such as clothing, into an art form, just amazes me. There is a lot of stuff on the runways that no normal person would be caught dead in, in the public eye. But the fact is, they all have a talent that is a billion-dollar industry, that men and women all over the world live by. One day, I hope to have the opportunity to attend a live fashion show and experience it in “real life,” instead of watching it on the tv. Every year, a lot of people find the Victoria’s Secret Christmas fashion show very offensive because of top notch supermodels in bras and underwear; I personally don’t see what the big deal is. The designers and the set producers make it into a great, spectacular show, with music and special effects. I’m glued to the set, and love seeing the million-dollar bra. I am anxious to know who had the privilege of wearing it (last year it was Gisele Bundchen, by the way, and the year before, Heidi Klum). From what you have read so far, you can obviously tell I am a fashion junky. I have no idea how I became like this.

Besides finding the perfect man for me, my other lifelong dream is to own a Christian Dior handbag … I know, a little pathetic, huh? My favorite makeup brands include Lancome, Chanel, and Benefit. If you would like to know, my favorite thing from Benefit is Bathina’s Body so Fine, which is a sweet-scented balm set in a collectible tin. It comes with it’s own little application sponge, and makes your skin silky smooth, with just a hint of shimmer. The other item is a “powder in a puff” called Kitten. It’s a large puff, and with a slight tap on your body, you can have amazingly sparkly skin that you can see a mile away. I have to admit, both of these items are a bit pricey, but I swear they are worth the money. You can get Bathina for $26 and Kitten for $24. I’m a sucker for eyeshadow and lipgloss, and can’t live without my Lancome Juicy Tube, which was voted best lipgloss on Style network. They have many different shades, and most department stores sell them. You can test every one of them before you decide which one is the best for you. I’m currently using the one called “Simmer,” a pinkish tone that goes on sheer with lots of shine. They go for $15. I’m the kind of person that believes that just because we all have a physical disability, we cannot have a fashion statement and look good in clothes and makeup. I know it’s hard to dish out money for such things as makeup and clothes, but the more time and effort you put into it, the hotter and better you will look and feel. My job here at Audacity is to let you know what are going to be the hottest colors in makeup and the new trends in fashion. I hope you enjoy my articles and find them helpful in your fashion life.