Hi! I'm Melissa, owner and personal stylist of MH Style Consulting based out of Minneapolis. For the last 4 years I have been wanting to start a nonprofit for this exact project with multiple pillars, but it's just not ready yet. So I'm starting off small because everyone needs to start somewhere, right? So here we go...
Where it all began: I am a victim of sexual abuse. I was abused for many years starting at the age of 10. I was a trouble maker, an alcoholic, a partier, you name it. I acted out because I was dealing with something that I had no control over and was terrified about - alone. When I was 16 years old, I found the love for fashion because it was something that allowed me to hide, be someone else and live in a glamorous world that obviously I wasn't experiencing. Eventually as time went on and I grew up, fashion allowed me to feel powerful which is now why (and how) I am a badass boss lady who owns 2 businesses (and many more to come)! This is why you will see me talk about self-care, empowerment and confidence REPEATEDLY on my website and on all my social media platforms. This is ALSO why I talk about how I work with a lot of styling clients who are coming out of a traumatic experience, lifestyle change or starting a new business.
My styling business is exactly where I am supposed to be. I was put here to help people, who have been in a situation similar to myself who are ready to start over, embrace who they have become along with starting a new SUCCESSFUL chapter in their life.
The project: Every year, I will be accepting 1 survivor (any gender) who is ready to start a new chapter in their life. This person will receive a complete makeover from wardrobe, to accessories, to shoes, you name it. To showcase off the 'new you', myself and a team of other kickass vendors (photographer, hair and makeup and more) will plan and produce a styled shoot every March. We will launch these photos in April which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month to showcase their bravery and truly spread the word about rape, child sexual abuse, human trafficking, molestation, incest, etc.
The photos are to help remind them that they're beautiful, handsome, powerful and every other empowering feeling you can think of, throughout their journey of recovery. It's also to remind them of why they're here and why they're a SURVIVOR.
**Disclaimer: If the survivor doesn't want their face publicly shown and/or doesn't want their name used, that is completely fine!
What's next: This GoFundMe is to help raise money for the wardrobe, transportation, and a nice dinner so it's truly a full day of celebration. My 1st goal is $5,000. If I can raise more than that, that would be amazing! More clothes and more goodies for the survivor! Once you have donated, head over to my Facebook to download your "I PROUDLY DONATED!" badge: Facebook.com/MHstyleconsulting
I am also accepting sponsors and survivor applications (through January 11th, 2021)! You can learn more at MHstyleconsultants.com/iamstrongerproject
In the meantime: To stay up to date with the project, you can visit MHstyleconsultants.com/iamstrongerproject along with following me on my social media:
Also, please share by using the hashtag, #IAmStrongerProject, so we can all help an individual in need.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, learning about my story and how I want to help another individual; it truly means the world to me!