The Neiman Marcus Spring 2015 Faces of Beauty - Neiman Marcus

The Neiman Marcus Spring 2015 Faces of Beauty

Regina Campbell

February 17, 2015


Last September we asked you to nominate the woman who you believe is beautiful-from-the-inside-out. The responses were wonderful. Women of all ages told us their stories, but sometimes those inspiring tales came from their sisters and even their adult children. After receiving almost 1,000 entries about remarkable women across the U.S., we chose six to be our Spring 2015 Faces of Beauty. With The Beauty Event just around the corner, you will see much more from these inspiring ladies, giving you beauty advice and disclosing their favorite treatments, cosmetics and fragrances – which is why we thought you’d like to get to know our Faces of Beauty. We are pretty sure that you will fall for their charm and beauty just as we did!


Onyinye Akujuo


The youngest of this season’s Faces of Beauty, Onyinye comes from Queens Village, NY, and she works as Assistant Director for a large public transportation agency in NYC. During her free time, Onyinye volunteers at local nonprofit organizations, helping them develop agencies to assist communities in need. “I am striving to help these nonprofits because one person cannot do it all alone… even if the families and children might not know [that I help] don’t know who I am, it warms my heart to know that I can give a little of myself to make their lives better. That’s what makes me feel beautiful.”

Dr. Julie Edween Cronenweth


Julie is a first-generation American whose parents came from the Philippines. From the beginning, Julie knew that education was key to a bright future. After going through medical school, Julie is now a Cosmetic and Facial plastic surgeon practicing in Beverly Hills, CA. Being a woman in her field has helped her not only give women back their confidence through their outer appearance, but she also feels proud to empower her clients to “understand that true beauty is not something set forth by the standards of society.” A few years ago, along with her college roommate, Julie founded the nonprofit organization Eunice Wavomba Foundation, which helps underprivileged woman and children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Melissa Lesch


Melissa’s smile makes her stand out, and she’s also a wonderful person from the inside out. She is a mother of two, works for her family’s company along her husband and is an avid golfer. Melissa balances her life in Grapevine, TX, with a healthy lifestyle and works with different charities, including the Byron Nelson Foundation. She was recently asked to chair a golf tournament for Alzheimer’s research, which made the perfect fusion of two of her passions.

Asawari “Ashu” Pendse


Ashu is a modern woman in a world where cultural boundaries are diminishing every day. As a working mom, she juggles travel and work while raising her family in Downingtown, PA. But it is her Indian origin that has made Ashu want to inspire fellow Indian women (and her extended sisterhood – all women!) to strive for their full potential, discover and rediscover themselves and feel beautiful from within. She stays beautiful by “being realistic and optimistic, whether it’s my beauty/gym routine, or life in general.”

Mary Kostic


Mary comes from Naperville, IL , and was nominated by her son for our Faces of Beauty campaign. During her trip to Dallas for the exclusive NM photo shoot, Mary shed a few tears as she heard the nomination letter from her son for the first time, praising her for dedicating her life to her children and representing the epitome of a beautiful woman in his eyes. “She’s gracious. She’s graceful. She has a sense of humor. She has style for miles. She’s kind. She’s loving…” were some of his words. Needless to say, we agree.

Lorin Cook


Lorin is a mom of four, including her five-year-old twins, and lives in Alpine, NJ. For the past six years, Lorin has hosted Lavish Lunches, a charity that helps seniors on the cusp of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Being a mom might be her primary job, but her willingness to give back to the community makes her even more of a beautiful woman.


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