Around the World Beauty is an independent documentary dedicated to exploring beauty rituals practiced by women of various cultures across the globe through a conversation of beauty.
In this documentary series, celebrity make-up artist, beauty expert and host Stephanie Flor showcases her global travel experiences and multicultural flair, sharing her beauty Travel Diary as she searches the world for the most sacred beauty rituals around the world.
Adventure awaits as your host takes you on her journey to beauty, and ventures around the world to uncover rare, unheard of, and forgotten beauty traditions.
This documentary series will explore world markets for ingredients, beauty meccas for the latest spa treatments, and will talk beauty with real women who share their most sacred beauty recipes and rituals.
The show’s goal is to merge cross-cultural travel experiences with a larger conversation on beauty. The four-part documentary series will be narrated by celebrity makeup artist Stephanie Flor, who will travel to four distinct beauty cultures in search of the deeper meaning of beauty, showcasing her passion for makeup, hair, fashion, and culture every step of the way.
The show will highlight four global beauty destinations, ideal for the viewer to explore beauty culture origins at their source. From traveling to India to explore the Ayurvedic way of living, to climbing Machu Picchu to learn about the sacred bathing practices of the Incas, the show covers all the corners of the globe.
Over the course of each episode, the viewer will experience top wellness beauty destinations by introducing them to the beauty culture. Flor will visit locally owned spas to learn about the newest beauty trends and ingredients inspired by the global destination. Flor will speak to beauty guides and local experts to show us their routines authentically cultivated from the source, venturing to where some of the world’s biggest beauty giants source their ingredients. Our mission is to unite women and forge cross-cultural understanding through the lens of beauty!
Whether you’re beauty-obsessed or have a penchant for travel, let us inspire you to make a beauty discovery of your own.
Our goal is to provide awareness, wanderlust, and a sense of adventure through our show, which will be an authentic beauty adventure inspired by rituals and different cultures from around the world. Each episode revolves around conversations, activities, and the pulse of daily experiences that is intended to activate one’s awareness of the beauty of culture and traditions, through the rediscovery of self love.
Who we are:
Around The World Beauty is an innovative social enterprise that works to transform the lives of every woman it encounters, whether it's supporting the local women who become our guides, or the female travelers who are curious about new cultures and global beauty. Our mission is to enrich and empower women around the world, creating an inclusive and ethical definition of beauty. With your donation you allow us to foster local collectives of empowered women wherever we travel, uniting women through a conversation of beauty in each city we visit.
“Beauty means living outside your comfort zone, and re-defining your way of seeing the world.” said Flor when asked to define the true meaning of beauty.
Youtube noticed that the second-most viewed genre on YouTube was documentaries, after children's content. - Thrillest
YouTube Will Double Its Original Programming in 2020, Focusing on Documentaries - Ad week.
2 out of 3 travelers are female- WITSUMMIT
The women's travel market exceeds 19 Trillion annually - Womens Travel Festival ( Nielsen Consumer)
Embracing diversity helps sharpen brands focus on cultural relevance - Loreal
We are beyond grateful for your support in the creation of our Around The World Beauty Documentary series. Our goal is to create a four-part series that will draw consumer interest in the impact of global beauty and re-discovering beauty from the source. The production quality aimed for is CNN, Vice style documentary travel series.
Our process includes diligent research, a brainstorming session for concept idea, storytelling, and production coordination.
REQUEST: We are asking for $100,000 as an investment to bring our trailer, and four-series documentary to life.
Week of 01/24 - Launch IFundWomen.com to Network. Share, Share, Share
Week of 02/04 - Find experts, and leaders in the space of beauty in Bali. Contact and build relationships.
Week of 03/20 - Hire Video Editor to organize all past media, and create a trailer to pitch to contacts. Fill in missing parts for the team to capture in Bali to finish teaser. Have video editor use past video content I have from my beauty travels to create 1-minute episode samples to show the vision for the four-part series. Showcase our experts in each city, and our discoveries.
Week of 04/04- Hire a consultant in the space of tv/media to build a pitch deck for our show to present to networks. Use their guidance to produce and execute on a different level then we ever have before.
Week of 4/15- Hire PR Company to pitch ideas to TV networks such as The Real, Dr.OZ, Wendy Williams using Beauty and Travel as the focal Point for exposure and build creditability and expertise before launch.
Week of 4/26- Event launch - Special activation to raise funds for our Ifundwomen Campaign. Our last push.
Week of 5/20- Use funding to shoot trailer episode in Bali, with local production crew and team.
Week of 5/21- Hire Photographer for Marketing Imagery using Bali backdrop. Hire graphic designer to work on all marketing material.
Week of 6/01-12/01- Create a trailer that clearly shows our mission. Pitch full TV show vision, and start production with signed contracts with a full team on-board.
Week of 12/01- Give a peak into our NEW trailer to our supporters with a private showing in NYC.
Week of 12/31- Produce and shoot episode series with the support of a network investor.
Project Discovery (Planning out Concept Ideas and Execution)
Episode Expenses ( Bali) Hotel, Food, Transportation, Activities to shoot.
Hiring Production Crew ( Director, Camera Crew, Assistant, and Location Coordinator) ( Film episode)
Consultant ( Mentor)
PR Support ( Press Releases, TV Pitches)
|Editor ( Manage files, and Create Trailer)
BEAUTY DESTINATION EPISODES TREATMENT
First Part - Mexico - The Celebration of Beauty
We venture to the city of Oaxaca to celebrate The Day of the Dead. An an extremely important holiday and a symbol of Mexican culture. This day is for more than just death, it is a celebration of life, death, and love. As we travel to Mexico to experience the festivities, join us to discover the traditions and rituals that surround the meaning of this day. The skull design itself isn’t realistic of your actual skeleton, it’s colorful and embellished to be more festive. In our preparation of meeting locals who set-up shop in city centers making money as a skull masters we learn more about the long history of textiles as we pick our own traditional attire to bring the night to life. From colorful scarves made directly from pigments, to hair designs using strings, and bright ribbons this transformation brings emotion to our host, as she connects to the importance of celebration, and holding tradition alive. The documentary takes us to our local beauty experts family gathering at the cemetery where we learn more of the family member who has passed, and how each family celebrates the life of those who have crossed. We get a detailed breakdown of he altar, and happens to be this spirit was just as beauty obsessed as we. The Day of the Dead is a beautiful tradition that turns our fear of death into a cause for celebration. Filled with tradition, love, and gorgeous makeup, this day is never forgotten.
Followed by a visit to a Cacao plantation where we meet local beauty brand founder to share about how Cacao dates back thousand of years to their ancestors as an offering to the gods but also a go-to beauty ingredient for beauty treatments found in luxury spas across the country. We make our own DIY face mark, and move into our visit to a local market. We bring a beauty check-list of what the locals use for aloe vera- moisturizing skin, products for hair-care but also get a creepy encounter. We met a sales associates who shares that in Mexico, ingredients also work in magical powers. Hence why the Curandero ( Shaminism) is popular among regions throughout Central and South America. We learn more and take a beauty risk to visit his family owned Temescal said to sweat out all our impurities. A Temescal is the ancient mayan steam bath that purifies the soul using herbs, and water as a transformational cleansing tool.
During a temazcal, herbs, and flowers are a big part to the ceremonial practice. The temazcalli was ‘an architectural personification of the warm, moist womb of the mother goddess’. Experts believe that the union of fire and water (two sacred elements) produced steam -‘apoctli’ in Náhuatl - which symbolised the life-giving (and renewing) powers of a mother’s womb...Temazcalli comes from the Nahuatl language and means “bathing house.
An experience you will never forget.
From dry desert plants like aloe vera, agave, and manzanilla to island fruits like coconuts, Latin women can turn to their backyards for nature’s best ingredients to incorporate into their beauty arsenals. To end this episode we take a morning walk after the final day of the celebration see the confetti, and glitter on the cobble street, and forgotten brushes alongside the zuccalo with fresh paint. Bare-faced watching the sunrise in a beautiful traditional skirt as we walk through a cactus plantation where Mezcal is brewed.
LATINA MAGAZINE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDaK4H8AYyQ&t=3s
LATINA MAGAZINE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n47X34CgMsE&t=40s
Second Part - India - The Spirit of Beauty
On this episode we're invited as special guest to an Indian Wedding. They let us in on all her bridal beauty secrets for Hindu Weddings that include Pre-Wedding Day beauty rituals, and of-course the big day where each practice and adornment summons blessings from the gods to bring inner beauty that merges with the bride’s outer beauty.
We experience the haldi and mehndi ceremonies that use turmeric, and henna to be applied on the brides body. The turmeric is associated with fertility and prosperity. It signifies a ritual purification and meant to relax the bride and groom. The use of mehndi, or henna, dates back over 5,000 years when henna dye was used to stain the fingers and toes of the Pharaohs before mummification. Mehndi is applied to the bride-to-be during the Mehendi Ceremony usually the night before the wedding, often accompanied with singing and dancing. Both ritual are part of the pre-wedding celebrations for a bride. Everything from the eyeliner down to the toe ring is believed to protect from negative energy and enhance the brides goddess-like beauty.
The episode continues to Kerala the birthplace of Ayurveda. Where we venture into the jungles of India, to make oils and take part in traditional massage practices. Ayurveda is the Indian holistic science of healing and balancing the body, and has existed for thousands of years.
Ayurveda literally translates to “life science” in Sanskrit, and Ayruvedic medicine in general strives to keep the body and mind in perfect harmony.
The body is controlled by the three elements, or doshas, which have different effects on your health. We explore deeper this concept by meeting local experts, and doctors.
We then explore the local markets for kum kum, henna, kajal, Turmeric, sandalwood, and jasmine while learning about each ingredients history in realms of natural beauty. We make our own DIY sandalwood face-mask with ambassador of Shankara - an indian based product line that has had huge success in the American market. These products create a total sense of well-being, a peace to the mind, love to the heart, and nourishment for the skin. This generous brand doesn’t stop there; they donate 100% of their net profits to humanitarian causes. We take a look at their factory and mission behind the beauty brand.
The end of the episode comes as we depart into the sunset during an Aarti ceremony honoring the Mama Ganga that is said to hold the last spiritual heart. This episode is focused on wisdom, bliss, and natural beauty of the ancient culture and sacred practices of India. An inner and outer journeying, and renewal for your body, mind, and spirit. Focused on finding beauty with your eyes closed.
Haldi Ceremony : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTj9cL_pTAM
Indian Beauty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL2YUJgSIAs
Third Part - Morocco - The Culture of Beauty
Morocco is an intro to the middle-eastern world, with a mixture of African culture and unforgettable beauty behind every corner. During this episode we'll meet local beauty shop owners, Berbers, artisans, and soak up the exotic beauty of Morocco. We'll be immersed in the full sensory experience of Marrakech inspired by the ancient cities of color, and thousand years of culture.
We first meet with our beauty guide at the Berber museum who shares an insider view on the art of adornment, jewelery and what wearing a hijab means to her . Many incuding YSL have used Morocco as a haven of fashion inspiration bringing head-covers into their work to convey a message of purity. In many cultures, the face is more important as a place of beauty than is the body. We then enter Jemaa el-Fnaa, one of the Best Souks in Morocco to find ude and amber perfumes, tea spices, and of course the famous Argan oil and prickly pear oil.
From meeting a local salesman in the market we venture to his cooperative just one hour away from the main city to learn more about how Argan Oil is truly made and how its making a difference in the world of beauty from how its' sourced. We finally answer the question " do those goats really climb those trees?"
and see the process of argan oil being made.
We then travel outside of Marrakesh to the Atlas Mountains for an authentic Hamman experience – Full ritual with black olive soap, rahsoul mineral mud, and orange blossom cleanse. In Morocco, all wellness rituals begin at the Hammam. Women and men from all economic backgrounds take part in bathhouse practices as a way to life. Today we will also learn about the rituals of the Berber women and make our own hammam soap with the founder of the Spa. The episode ends with me in relaxing in the rest area pouring the famous mint tea in a traditional manner.
This episode is focused on familiarizing the audience with the diverse cultures that live and have mixed in Morocco and expand our understanding of Morocco as a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic melting pot. While uncovering the beauty of shared rituals Moroccan women swear by.
Morocco Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPILeIUO32c
Morocco Beauty Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHrXVnujHLo
Fourth Part - Japan - The Art of Beauty
Japan is rich in beauty traditions that date back centuries. Cities sprawling with hot springs, a mystical geisha culture, artisanal beauty products handcrafted by locals this episode is designed to be the beauty adventure of your dreams. We explore cities like Tokyo, Hakonde, and Kyoto in search of beauty. From Kabuki makeup, to shopping in geisha markets, and visiting some of the oldest brush stores in the world this episode is filled of kawaii beauty, and the practice of caring for the skin.
We start the episode by meeting our local beauty guide at the famous Shibuya crossing, to experience the lights of Tokyo. We talk beauty products, and the endless rows of magazines filled with tokyo beauty looks and how beauty has defined an era for young Japanese women. We jump on the train and head to Harajuko to visit local shops, and have your own Purikura Photoshoot where we get a Manicure at one of Japans Trendiest Nail Shops. In japan manicures are pure art form and we met one of Japans IG famous nail artist to give us the full details on how the craze happened. We then jump on the JR train to visit Hakone, known as the hot spring haven of Japan. Japanese bathing is a sacred practice of removing toxins and releasing stress by using hot water.We relax and learn about the ritual of an Unseen ( public hot spring bath). Its not just about spa time its a ritual all locals practice.
No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to Kyoto-Japans ancient capital city.
Here we meet with a past geisha where we learn the secrets and art of being a geisha in the making. We learn about Matcha during a sacred tea ceremony and also how traditionally this ingredient was used for beauty as well. We witness the step by step of creating the beauty look of the geisha from using cameilia oil, and paints in white, black, and red. In Japan Safflower was used to redden the lips and Kyobeni, shortened to “beni,” is a pure red pigment cultivated from safflower. When mixed with water, beni turns into a vibrant red pigment used as rouge for lips and cheeks. Its used on the outer corners of their eyes, nails, and at the center of their lips. Kyoto is one of the places you can still find it in production as well and we'll visit Hakuhodo Flagship local brush factory to also learn why Japan is behind some of the worlds best makeup and hair brushes. We make our own signature brush and end the episode taking in the Cherry Blossoms of Japan while applying our beni onto the lips.
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A special thank you to the people who have made this possible.
First, all the amazing artists, and women who have believed in our concept, who have invested in traveling the world with us, not just once but twice as we bring our business vision to life. My best friend Julie Kandalec who is my travel partner, and always is pushing me to think in clarity and abundance. Lyndsay Green my book partner, and friend who with her words paints our world with color and adventure. Johanna who has gifted me with my first web-series show and gave me the platform to build the confidence around my concept both on-camera and in writting. My coaches throughout the years that include all my leadership trainings from Personal Dynamics, Landmark, and all the one-on-ones with humans who have pushed me beyond my own boundaries to create a life worth living. Just to name a few Dani, Gary, H, Genevieve, and my co-creators who brought light to accountability, and integrity. What would this life be without you standing for me.
My makeup artist community that consist of the most supportive artists who continue to thrive in making a difference in our world, and always give me a stage and mic to share more of myself.. James Vincent, Michael Devellis, Crystal Wright. My agents past, present, and future.... You keep my lights on, as I venture as a start-up.
The brands and CEOS that continue to say yes to my wild ideas. Thank You Lou, Natura, Detox, Alchemist, Sundial, Dana, and my partners abroad who Ive met on this wild ride that make ATWB a reality through their support and mentorship. You are the key to our growth. Charlie Wan, who shot all of Morocco footage, and my amazing team of interns who have dedicated their time to bringing each word to life to our audience.
My tribe of female powerhouses in New York, My moxie, Beauty Boos, Travel Gurus, Sex and The City, Long Island Besties, and Latina circles that empower me everyday to win for us all. You keep me humble, and grounded. The best part of being alive is the support we have for one another.
And of course Mi familia. The inspiration that drives from just being. Im glad the universe choose you to guide through example, and lead the way through love and compassion. The root, the foundation, of my why.
Last but not least, You! For commenting, sharing, attending, being part of our tribe. However you found us, know that I feel your love, I know you want us to succeed and continue to share in beauty. Thank you for the endless support, tuning in when I feel like no one is watching and being part of the beginning of a beautiful journey.
Cheers to the future.
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