Meet the Boudie Babes - Vee Finocchiaro | Mildura Boudoir Photography
Vee Finocchiaro is a ball of infectious energy.
You only have to spend a short amount of time with Vee, or read through her encouraging and supportive posts on the Pure Beauty Facebook VIP group, to understand why Lauren decided to have her on her team.
When Vee describes herself as chatty, funny and outgoing, she is spot on.
She brings to the group an extra level of enthusiasm and positivity in her role as Elite Ambassador.
We caught up with Vee (and believe me, it was hard to catch her in one spot) to get an insight into what makes the 24 year old tick:
I’m Virginia or Vee as most people know … obviously!
I am Australian, part aboriginal, Italian and Scottish.
I love Halloween, Makeup, Harry Potter, Singing and many other things.
Pure Beauty: What is your role within our team?
Vee: My role in Pure Beauty is a few things really!
My full time role in Pure Beauty is continuing to empower myself, other women on and offline and other men, children and people in general.
My other roles in Pure Beauty are makeup artistry for the clients who come through Lauren’s door and to be an assistant to Lauren.
Pure Beauty: Talk me through your background in makeup?
Vee: My background and passion in makeup started around six or seven years ago but I have always admired winged liner - it is everything!
My bestie in high school (who is still one of my best friends) actually really got me into it. I learnt a lot from watching her and seeing what she used.
I began loving it after high school and I had a real passion for coloured lipstick. I bought a couple of bold pigmented colours that really stood out.
I basically just did winged liner and bold lips, then I started really showing an interest in becoming a MUA around 2017 and started taking on clients in 2018.
By 2019 I was working and taking on more than I ever imagined and a massive thanks needs to go to Lauren for helping kick starting my makeup career!
Pure Beauty: As a makeup artist, what do you want to achieve for clients before they have a session with Lauren?
Vee: What I aim to achieve with every client is comfort.
I love talking to them, seeing what they are interested in and what they have in their own mind.
I usually chat to them about their shoot, hoping it eases their nerves, then get excited about what we are about to do.
But generally just to get the ladies comfortable and excited!
Pure Beauty: To be involved in such an amazing concept, what does that mean to you?
Vee: It is so amazing because I get to empower myself and others.
I get to be part of a movement and it means everything.
I am able to encourage and pass on beautiful vibes and share my story and be part of others.
Pure Beauty: So be involved in something that is life-changing, how would you describe it?
Vee: It is truly inspirational
I am so honored I can be part of this life changing process.
It can be super confronting toward yourself, knowing how hard you can be on yourself and see what other women are like to themselves.
So seeing women grow and being able to tell them and show them how beautiful they are is just breathtaking and exciting.
Pure Beauty: What would you say your most memorable and powerful moment has been while being involved in Pure Beauty?
Vee: Being a part of an ambassadorship has been powerful in itself.
Every moment I have had with Lauren in Pure Beauty has been powerful and memorable but personally, my own recent photo shoot changed everything.
Pure Beauty: On that, we have chatted about being the scenes, when you aren’t the focus of Lauren’s camera. But what about when you are in-front of the lens - how would you describe how the session makes you feel?
Vee: It is so hard to explain everything you actually feel having your own shoot but here goes!
Everyone is their own worst enemy and critic so I recommend having a shoot more than anything!
Having a shoot made me feel like a beautiful confident woman, and it still does!
It made me emotional, happy and I laughed so much!
It made me feel the best I have ever felt. I now look in the mirror with a smile and I am so fucking happy!
Pure Beauty: What about seeing the absolute magic Lauren creates with her work?
Vee: Seeing the magic Lauren creates is so fucking beautiful!
That woman deserves awards; I tell you what!
It really is like magic, seeing these women walk out differently, or sometimes seeing them in a few weeks or months - they are different women!
Pure Beauty: You are an inspirational and strong woman yourself, but who is the most influential woman in your life and why?
Vee: My mumma!
She has always taught me to be true to myself, kind and honest.
My mum always told me that I was beautiful and to dress how I wanted, and she always said the right and empowering things.
My mum is also the strongest woman I know. I cannot praise that woman enough! She has influenced me in the best ways possible!
I love you Mumma x
Pure Beauty: What about in the public area, who do you look up to most?
Vee: Lauren is definitely one of the females I admire most.
She’s a beautiful woman, boss and friend!
Her work speaks for itself and she is an idol to myself and I am sure many others.
And my friends!
I look up to them because they are also kind hearted and empowering and seeing them strive for their dreams is inspiring as hell!
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Mildura resident and Photographer, Lauren Southwell launched Pure Beauty in late June, 2018 & is committed to helping woman feel beautiful, sexy and empowered through the art of Boudoir Photography.