Photo Shoot For Domestic Violence Survivors, Help Needed From Community

Photo Shoot For Domestic Violence Survivors, Help Needed From Community

Women are beaten every day and now survivors of domestic violence are getting a chance to try to make a difference.

Local survivors will be models in a photo shoot next month to try and create awareness and prevention.

"It means a lot to be chosen to have your story told and for it to be made public. It makes you feel less of a victim and more of a survivor."

It's how Christie Edmisten sees herself after escaping years of abuse.

"It was something that was very quiet and not talked about."

It's something she and other survivors are now trying to change. They volunteered to model for a photo shoot in August.

During the photo shoot the models will get their makeup done by an artist and have a stylist do their hair. The finishing touch will be putting on an evening gown provided by Cinderella's Formal Gown Rentals. After that they'll be ready to pose for the camera.

However, organizers say they still need about six more makeup artists and hair stylists to donate their time. People like Rosha Taylor have already stepped up.

The makeup artist said, "Who's to say that I wouldn't or could not be the next's just really important to me...I hope that they feel renewed, a strength of beauty not only from the outside, but from the inside."

Hair stylists like Ramada Hurst want the same.

Hurst said, "I hope they feel love for themselves."

Photographer Rhonda Brunson says she's also looking for restaurants to donate food for the day of the photo shoot.

Brunson said, "We'll use those photographs for the month of October, which is domestic violence awareness month, to run a social media campaign celebrating the survivors of domestic violence."

Brunson started doing this with survivors in Fort Worth, TX. But now her organization, Choose Courage Foundation, wants to help Omaha.

Brunson said, "What we hope is to use that as inspiration for anyone that's still in that cycle of abuse."

All the proceeds from the campaign in October will help provide more services for local victims. For more information on how you can help with the photo shoot and campaign click here.

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