Rachel Lee Carter is an international model and author, as well as a wife and mother. She and her Husband, Daryl live in Conover, NC with their sons, Jack and Jude. (Photos provided)
Rachel Lee Carter is an international model and author, as well as a wife and mother. She and her Husband, Daryl live in Conover, NC with their sons, Jack and Jude. (Photos provided)
“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” 
? Confucius

What is true beauty and how do we recognize it?  Do we recognize it in ourselves as easily as we do in others?  These are just a few of the questions considered by Kokomo’s non-profit organization BLUSH as they pondered the theme of their seventeenth local event.

“Women of all ages struggle with body image,” said Deb Austin, assistant executive director of BLUSH.  “It affects their friendships, their relationships, and even their careers.  Whether positive or negative, a women’s self-image has a profound impact on her entire life.”

With that knowledge, BLUSH is presenting “Image: What’s the Truth About Real Beauty” which will be held Friday, March 28, from 6 to 10 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene in Kokomo. 

“Image is geared toward showing women that they are not alone, that someone understands what they are going through,” Austin said.  “And it is geared for all ages – from nine to 99.  The worries and insecurities we have as young girls and teenagers continue as we pass into our 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and even into our later years.”

According to Austin, Image will encourage girls and women to consider how they view themselves, and how that image impacts their faith, their friendships, and their own fashion.

“We have an amazing guest, Rachel Lee Carter, who will speak directly to these issues,” Austin said.  “She is an international model and author, as well as a wife and mother, and though she’s been successful at all of those things, she’s had her own struggles with body image and self-confidence.”

Carter will share her perspective on how finding and maintaining a healthy self-image positively affects our relationships with others, and how putting God first must be the foundation of everything.  

In addition to Carter, 16-year-old singer/songwriter Brianna Caprice returns to BLUSH to lead worship and perform some of her original songs. The night will also include delicious snacks, prizes and more. 

“Rachel Lee Carter’s talk will have a message that can impact everyone that comes to the event, regardless of age,” Austin said.  “But with Brianna, we add another voice to further bridge the gap and pull our younger audience into the discussion.

“That is really at the heart of what we are hoping Image does: start a discussion,” Austin said, adding that the hope is women will invite others to join them to share in the evening and offer mutual support.

“This event will be wonderful for groups of girlfriends, sisters, or daughters, mothers, and grandmothers to attend together,” she said.  “When a young girl sees an older woman and asks, ‘you have these thoughts too’ or a woman recognizes a peer that seemingly has it all together and realizes ‘she had to deal with that issue too,’ it opens up lines of communication and support that can help each of them.
“Sharing experiences with our peers and with other generations, we can discover ways to improve the situation for all of us.”

Tickets for the Image event are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the event.  They can be purchased at itickets.com or at Joy Christian Bookstore at 1802 E. Vaile Avenue in Kokomo. 

Applications for scholarship tickets can be found at iblush.org/events.