Monday, May 2, 2016

having my makeover at Jean Seo's Evolue Beauty in Beverly Hills with Celebrity Makeup artist Etienne Ortega and Celebrity hair stylist Jin Bang

It doesn't get much better than spending the afternoon with Jean Seo, owner of the celebrity skin care salon, Evolue and her staff. Including Celebrity makeup artist, Etienne Ortega and celebrity hair styling, Jin Bang. This is what I call FUN...especially growing up with everything Maybelline.

Signing a copy of my book The Maybelline Story for Jean Soe, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where Movie Stars and Hollywood celebrities hobnob,is my cup of tea.  Growing up in Culver City, close to the old MGM Studio's, I hoped to be discovered by a talent scout.  Now I'm content soaking up the Stardust and and be pampered like a Mogul, while waiting for some good news about my TV series, being pitched by my agent Italia Gandolfo and my producer, Marie D. Jones.

 It's not everyday I get a new "do" by Celebrity Stylist, Jin Bang, who has taught cutting edge styling techniques in over 75 cities across North America, New York to Los Angeles, and in European cities such as London and Barcelona. His clients include Demi Lovato, Chris Humpries (NBA) and Kim Kardashian. Jin is a master at creating original looks. I was going for Old Hollywood!

broadcast with my publicist Michelle Arbeau
 and Jin Bang.

My sister Donna Williams and I had our makeup done by One of the top 5 makeup artists in the world, Etienne Ortega, best known for creating Christina Arguilera's makeup on "The Voice," and Kim Kardashian and her family on "Keeping up with the Kardashians." 

Etienne Ortega, my friend Tama Wali and I after my makeover. Etienne is working on a new lipstick brand and writing a beauty book. He asked me if I'd be interested in being included in the book..."Yes Please."  Tama Wali is an international Bikram Yoga Teacher, dress and bag designer and finishing her Therapist Private Practice license. 

Photo shoot with my sister Donna and our new makeup artist Etienne Ortega and hair stylist, Jin Bang at the Evolue Studio

Etienne Ortega, Jean Soe, Jin Bang and Sharrie Williams

After the photo shoot, we grabbed an Uber van and headed around the corner to the Beverly Wilshire.

 The Lobby of the Beverly Wilshire, Etienne Ortega
 in the background.

Our A-Team of creative like minded people enjoyed wine,  hor d oeuvres and a couple hours of lively conversation. 

Etienne Ortega holding up, Publicist, Michelle Arbeau's best selling book, "Soul Numbers." Michelle is sought after, Celebrity Numerologist, broadcaster and professional speaker. 

Busy signing copies of The Maybelline Story at the table with Jean Seo.

Signing Etienne's book, while giving my two cent on his new cosmetic line.  After all I was "Born with It."
Making your nose look smaller by Etienne Ortega
                     Eva Longoria Makeup Tutorial with Etienne Ortega

                      Makeup contouring with Etienne Ortega 

Check out the skin products by Jean Seo at her Beverly Hills Studio. I have most of it, but my favorite's are... resurfacing grains... reverse time serum... hydrating serum and exotic oil for the face.  Jean's clients include Hollywood's most beautiful Stars...

Monday, April 25, 2016

Maybelline "1917 Paige" featured in Hemmings Classic Car Magazine May 2016

Maybelline family in Tom Lyle Williams new 1917 Paige Detroit

Nevy Clark
I received an Email from Nevy Clark, the owner of Tom Lyle Williams 1917 Paige and I'm thrilled to know the car is in immaculate condition and  still on the road almost 100 years later. 

Hi  Sharrie,                                                             
The Paige Brooklands model 651, had been in  the Jim Grundy Sr. (big insurance company that specializes in vintage car insurance) collection for many years (40 years as best I can gather). When Mr. Grundy died, the majority of his collection was sold and Mr. Robert Pass (owner of Passport Transport Co.) purchased the bulk. Mr. Pass was interested in the CCCA Classics (Stutzs, Duesenburg, Mormans, V-12 Cadillacs, etc).
Hemmings classic Car Magazine May 2016
The Paige was of no interest to him as it did not rank as a “Classic” of the 1920 – 1930 ERA, and unassumingly had no history, so he put it up for sale. I thought it was a unique and “cool” car and purchased it. I did extensive research and although it was listed in the Standard Catalog of American cars as the model “Brooklands” (Paige often named its models after race tracks), there was no listing of numbers produced and no record of any existing car. 

The PAIGE auto Club showed no account of any of the “Brooklands” being made – only the number of Paiges total made in 1917. The Antique Automobile Club of America (4,000 members) did an article on the car in their October 2009 issue. The article was titled “1917 Paige Model Six -51” It had a lot of photos of the car and the one from the Standard Catalog of American Cars. In your book, you have 2 photos of the car, one as a two-seater roadster and the other as a 4-place touring with Tom at the wheel and Mabel in the back seat.

I would make the assumption that Tom gave the car later to Mabel, because 1.  Because it is rather difficult transforming the car from a two seater to a 4- place and requires two people to lift the back panels and store them. 2. It so much easier to put up the top for a 2-seater than to get the top up over the car as a 4-place without getting soaked in a sudden downpour. I THINK Tom would have preferred racy looking sport cars like the ones owned by Rudolph Valentino, Garry Grant and the like, but knowing he had “his people” to transport, thought it would be clever to have car that converted to a 4 door car (the back doors bring almost unnoticeable). The idea as good, but Tom not bring an auto engineer, apparently did not in see the mechanical difficulties in his design. Which more likely is why Paige, although adding it to their offers, was not able to sell any others.

By the time I got the Paige, the front seat was worn but the back seat and the mahogany cabinets in the back were as good as new (why Tom designed mahogany cabinets with draws that lock individually, is a big mystery – especially considering if difficult to get into the back seat area).

The car is apparently “all original”, having been in the Grundy family so long. Mrs Grundy Sr. had no idea as to how her husband acquired the car, but did recall the lovely pigskin interior. Jim Gundy Jr. was not able to furnish any information on the car either. It  wasn’t until the editor of the Antique Automobile, West Peterson, called in 2010 to tell me about your book “The Maybelline Story” that we have been able to learn the early history. Do you have any knowledge to my assumption that Tom must have, later on, given the Paige to Mabel or any knowledge who might have been the owner much later on. Or anyone else that might have owned it?

I know you and Chuck Williams and Donna Williams have seen the 1940 Packard that was built and designed for Tom (ref: Antique Automobile Magazine June 2012 issue photo of you with the car). It is located in California. However, I am across the continent in Savannah, Georgia.

Steve and JoEllen Synder first learned of the history of their car, Tom Lyle Williams 1940 Packard Victoria, through Editor West Peterson.

I replaced the front seat with new but matching pigskin (before I learned whose it had been and that it was entirely original). I have had to but in new bearings and new piston rods redesigned as the original design of the 1917 Continental engine had a flaw that would destroy bearings. Just this past week the old (read rusty) fuel tank has been replace with an aluminum tank which was made of the same design.

I am doing everything possible to preserve this bit of automotive history. From the beginning, just buying what I thought was a “cool” car, I had planned on taking it on many antique car rallies (tours), but with the car’s history, I am inclined to believe it should be preserved and used sparingly.

The PETERSEN  AUTO MUSEUM in Los Angles (most beautiful auto museum in the world) specializes in cars with California history. I am sure they would like to have the Maybelline Paige. I would be willing to sell it for less than I have invested, but I’m not prepared, at this point,  to donate it.

In most pictures, the car appears smallish, but it is actually on a 127 inch wheel base.  Here is a photo taken with my wife and me and our dogs on an outing before the publication of your book. Let me know if you were able to download the 6 pages from the Hemmings Classic (or perhaps you have obtain copy of the issue ).
Sorry this email is so long – when talking about this car, I get carried away.

With kind regards, Sincerely, Nevy Clark

To see more amazing pictures of Tom Lyle Williams Maybelline Paige Detroit, known as the most Beautiful Car in the World, visit Hemmings Magazine with the links below

Note, The picture of Tom Lyle, Mabel and their father TJ Williams in the Paige in the Hemmings article, is owned by the Maybelline family and should have been given proper credit.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Miss Los Angeles, Angel Ghaemi, wins the "Sharrie Williams Essence of Beauty Award"

I was honored to partner with the Miss Los Angeles Pageant by Sponsoring the Essence of Beauty Award, given to one Special Contestant  as the Young Lady who most exemplifies the spirit of both inner and outer Beauty.  The Award Winner received a personally autographed copy of my book, The Maybelline Story, as well as a $100 gift card to Ulta Beauty, which features Maybelline products.  The winner of the Sharrie Williams Essence of Beauty is.....

Miss Los Angeles, Angel Ghaemi

Author, Sharrie Williams gives Angel Ghaemi the Essence of Beauty Award and a copy of her book

This is what pure happiness looked like after the title of Miss Los Angeles and Miss Teen Los Angeles was given out

Miss Teen Los Angeles, Joecelyn Mendez

 The contestants celebrate their win dancing down the isle

 dancing on Stage with all the contestants

Monday, April 11, 2016

Maybelline and the Miss USA Beauty Pageant come full circle

Margaret Gorman
With the inception of the inaugural American Beauty Pageant in 1921, when a 16 year old girl named Margaret Gorman was crowned Miss America, the words "Beauty and 'Pageant" have been intrinsically connected.  At that time and for years to follow, Pageantry was based around the opinions of a handful of businessmen deciding who was the fairest maiden of all.  Eventually, a woman took the helm as Director and the Pageant came to involve talent and scholarship aspects, redesigning the essence of what Beauty is to the American woman.
Mabel Williams
Just a few years before the first Miss America Pageant, a 19 year old entrepreneur named Tom Lyle Williams, sister Mabel, created a mixture of Vaseline and coal dust and applied it to her eyebrows and lashes to make them fuller and darker. Tom Lyle was inspired by her reflection in the mirror and soon the Maybelline Cosmetic company was born.

In the 1950's Maybelline Sponsored The Miss America Pageant on Television. The Pageant Industry, over the decades, has opened up into many systems and, while The Miss America System is still alive and well, other systems have become at the forefront, including the "Miss United States Pageant," for which this Pageant is the official preliminary contest.

In 1972 a lovely young woman named Lynda Carter was crowned Miss USA and later became a Television Star
 in the lead role of the "Wonder Woman Series."

  She also became the face of Maybelline and the merging of Cosmetics and Pageants came full circle

Vanessa Williams Miss America 1984
As the Cosmetic World changed, so did the Pageant World. Cosmetic Companies began to feature high end products and famous fashion models and actresses in their ad campaigns;  Pageant Titleholders found roles in not only the Beauty and Entertainment Industry, such as Vanessa Williams and

Halle Berry 1986
 Halle Berry, but as respected News Anchors and Reporters, such as
 Deborah Norville and

 Diane represented Kentucky in America's 1963 Junior Miss scholarship pageant and won.
Diane Sawyer,

Miss America 1971

 alongside Sports Reporter and Kentucky First Lady, Phyllis George, to name a few. 

 The Marrying of Intelligent, Educated Women to the Beauty Industry is evident today with many successful Women at the helm, such as Alexandra Smith, President of Global Skin Care for Proctor and Gamble. Mary Dillon, the CEO of the wildly successful Cosmetic Superstore, Ulta Beauty and Karen Grant, the global Industry Analyst who watches Beauty and Cosmetic trends worldwide and advises companies on what will keep thrir consumers satisfied.

Being an astute, socially conscious and career oriented woman who loves the aesthetics of beauty is no longer mutually exclusive in today's world and nowhere is that more evident than in the Pageant Industry.  Contestants now mush posses and display inner beauty as well as outer beauty.  There is an expectation that she will give back to her Community, participate in Philanthropic endeavors, be well versed on current events and pursue and achieve her personal goals, while being a role model to her peers.  Gone are the days of young Ladies lining up on the Atlantic Boardwalk while local businessmen huddle and select who they find most beautiful.

The Miss United States Organization lives by the motto, "Beauty with a Purpose," and celebrates Beauty in all its forms.  Anyone, with the right Makeup, hair, wardrobe and lighting can be outwardly Beautiful. The inner Beauty from which kindness, warmth, compassion, empathy and a willingness to give of oneself is at the essence of the person themselves.  There is nothing more Beautiful than someone possessing these traits and the Miss United States Organization Celebrators their manifestation.

 Our Special Award Inspiration, Sharrie Williams, is an original descent of the Maybelline Family.  That young man spoken of earlier, Tom Lyle Williams, founder of the Maybelline Company, is her great uncle.  Sharrie has written a book, "The Maybelline Story and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It," which chronicles the launch and growth of the company while capturing the family dynamic and bring it to life.  Sharrie has partnered with our Pageant by Sponsoring the Essence of Beauty Award, given to one Special Contestant here tonight as the Young Lady who most exemplifies the spirit of both inner and outer Beauty.  Our Award Winner will receive a personally autographed copy of Sharrie's bestselling book, as well as a $100 gift card to Ulta Beauty, which features Maybelline products.  The winner of the Sharrie Williams Essence of Beauty is.....

Miss Orange County, Ashleigh Pates, Sharrie Williams, Terri Bunch

Miss Teen 2016 Makayla Parks with Miss Teen 2015 Genesis Codina

1950's Miss America Contest telecast Nationwide sponsored by  Maybelline

1955, swimwear competition.

1958, Miss America contestants prepare for the evening gown competition.

San Francisco's Lee Meriwether was crowned, Miss America in 1955, when Bert Parks made his debut. "There She Is, Miss America" (the pageant theme song) was first introduced by singer Johnny Desmond on a Philco Playhouse production, which starred Lee Meriwether

I THOUGHT I WAS THE MARY AND SHE WAS THE RHODA... I was disqualified from the Miss Culver City Beauty Contest for trying out for a TV show called Room 222 in 1964.

In June of 1964 I turned 17 and it proved to be the best of times and worst of times for me.

This gives you an idea of what I'm talking about. Gizmag.

entered Patricia Stevens Modeling School, where I learned to stand up tall with a big smile, looking sexy, at car shows and conventions. When that got old fast, I decided being an actress was more my style and found a private drama coach from MGM, where my grandfather, Andy Mac Donald had worked for 50 years... as boss over seven departments.  When a new series was in development at the studio,

 A talent scout saw me in a play called SEVENTEEN, and asked if I'd like to audition for a new TV Show,
called Room 222.

Thinking I needed a quick tan, I stupidly baked in the sun from 9 to 5 and suffered a serious burn on my face, under my arms and in the tender part of my inner-thighs.

Barely able to wear anything on my skin, I was forced to go to the audition in extreme pain, with a beet red face.  Not very attractive I can assure you.... and worst of all, I couldn't remember my lines and failed the audition.... 

Here I am with my dad, Bill Williams, wearing the dress, Dec. 1965, 
 I died my hair black and I looked like I was 35.

My dad knew the director at M.G.M. and asked him how I did.  Not wanting to be unkind...I'm sure... he told my dad that I looked to mature to play a high school kid, even though I was a high school kid..... He said, because I was under age, I'd have to have special tutors and the producer didn't want to pay for it. They were looking for girls who were over 18 and looked younger.
I must admit I did look pretty mature, with my eyes overdone with  Maybelline, and wearing a sexy black sheath with a low cut neckline, that Nana and my mom picked out for me. I may have looked 35 on the outside, but inside I was immature, insecure and unprofessional... and sadly, I didn't get the part. But the good news was the show was shelved for 5 years, so I guess the producers had a hard time funding it or finding the right talent. However, it finally aired in 1969 and became a very popular show.

I THOUGHT I WAS THE MARY AND SANDY WAS THE RHODA.....turns out I was wrong, she was the cutest.
The announcement in the paper about the Miss Culver City Contest, I'm in the middle, # 5, the only blonde.. My friend Sandy Block #6, won when I was disqualified.

Sharrie # 3, Sandy # 4 from left.

Sandy # 3 on top, Sharrie # 4, who is the cutest.....

Well the judges thought Sandy was the cutest and she won.
My big fat ego was deflated after being disqualified during the finals at the Miss Culver City Beauty contest.....for being a professional actress..... Because I was auditioning at MGM...It was humiliating, but, I learned that the more beautiful you are and the more privilege you come from, the harder it is to get a break.

It hurt me to be cut out of Room 222 and the Beauty Contest, but it taught me why my great uncle Tom Lyle Williams, founder of the Maybelline Company, wanted us kids to remain hidden from the world for our own protection and just be normal kids, with normal lives.