Nana convinced me to dress up in a black cocktail dress and heels, but when Unk Ile took one look at me he said, "My god, Sharrie, you look like a 35 year old woman." I was 18.
Nana missed the mark, since Maybelline was targeting the teenage market in 1966 with a soft, natural sweet look. My hopes of becoming a Maybelline model were smashed.
Nana watched me mope around a while, then said, "Sharrie, Darling, why don't you go back to Chicago next summer and stay with your aunts and uncles, meet your cousins and and get to know the Chicago branch of the family.
Nana encouraged me to take notes so I could document my trip in a long letter to Unk Ile when I got back. I did, and those notes helped me write part of my book published 45 years later.
Read more about my trip to Chicago, and meet the amazing Williams family yourself in my book, The Maybelline Story.