If you didn’t know, Kandee Johnson had her last Glaminar here in Los Angeles this weekend. I remember helping her set up the first one-- she had it in my building in Downtown Los Angeles. It may not have been the ideal location but it was a great place to start. The Glaminars have come a long way since then. There are now more people, the location is nicer, and it’s more organized. But, some things have not changed-- it is still a very personal experience. Kandee stayed for five hours after the Glaminar to meet and talk with everyone.
I always knew Kandee had a good work ethic, but this time I was blown away by her dedication. She stood on her feet for fourteen hours while pregnant. There is no way a person could do something like this unless they truly loved what they were doing. She will go to any lengths to help or inspire someone. This was proven again last night. The world needs more people like her in it. It’s obvious that her fans respond to the love-- standing in line for hours after an all day event just to get a picture and to meet her in person. I was an amazing thing to witness. It felt great to be a part of this experience. Seeing it go full circle has been an amazing experience for all of us.
I showed up just as Kandee was taking a break for lunch. My friend Jordan and I met up with Kandee in her hotel room, so I had a few minutes to catch up and shoot some photos-- a view from what goes on behind the scenes.
You know when they say a photo is worth a thousand words? This is one of them. I had her stand by this plate glass window, which she is still afraid of because of the accident with her leg (I tested the glass to make sure it would not break on us). This symbolizes that no matter what bad thing happens to her, Kandee will stand tall and smile. The world can throw all kinds of bad stuff at you and this is proof that we can all overcome it.
Kandee only had a few minutes to get her makeup ready before she would go out and save the world. She’s like a modern day superhero.
In the midst of a fourteen-hour day, she somehow had time to check up on her kids, her fans, and her family. I don’t know how she does it!
No matter what is going on, there is always time to make a few jokes and laugh with friends. This comes from years of knowledge and experience laid out like pieces on a table. Each piece is a tool to change someone’s life when in the right hands.
This is what it looked like from the audience of the Glaminar: taking something small and projecting it into something that is larger than life.
Kandee has the best fans in the world. I hope that one day I can have the same kind of following. I was truly inspired by this day.