This is such an incredible story!
An eight-year-old boy named Ethan followed one of his childhood dreams this week when he walked into a MAC cosmetics stores in Florida and learned the art of makeup!
Joey Killmeyer, a makeup artist who has been in the industry for 15 years and has worked on the Miss America pageant among countless other projects, was in the story when he said Ethan and his mother walked in, asking for a makeup tutorial for the young man:
“When Ethan and his mom, Season, came into the store, I felt an immediate connection. He reminded me of myself at that age. It touched my heart that I was able to help him learn what he wanted to know.”
Susan Wilwert, Ethan’s mom, told reporters she supported her son to nurture his creativity and interests, no matter what they may be:
“Children need to be loved unconditionally, nurtured and encouraged to discover themselves through their true talents and passions. By doing so, and receiving the necessary support from parents, they are building confidence and security in who they are. We as parents should be our child’s biggest cheerleader.”
Killmeyer, who applied makeup to half of Ethan’s face while letting the young boy learn himself on the other side, applauded Wilwert’s openness:
“I was so touched by his mom and that she was allowing him to do this. He also wants to learn to do makeup on others. He thought learning to do makeup on himself that it may be easier to do on others… It is about being creative, having fun and being yourself. And that is what Ethan’s mom is letting him do.”
Above all, Susan dropped knowledge about how you should feel hearing an eight-year-old boy is doing his own makeup now:
“Society needs to steer away from what is typically known as the gender roles and stereotypes and accept the fact that it’s OK for a boy to wear makeup to express himself as an artist. This does not define his gender identity nor his sexual preference. He’s just exploring and being a kid! Being judgmental and close-minded on such issues not only is hurtful to our children, but it also inhibits their freedom of self-expression and prevents the opportunity for them to embrace their true identities.”
Thank you, Joey Killmeyer, for teaching Ethan so well (he looks AH-mazing, doesn’t he?!?!).
And thank you, Ethan, for being so open and creative and willing to learn new things!
It looks great on you!!
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