valerievelazquez Oh and perfect freezing cold day for girls day w @coco_daniels begins!!!!!! 🤗 #freezing #spaday #art day #relaxation 1d

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valerievelazquez Valentines Weekend = Staycation. 🤗 #boutique #staycation #nyc #newyork #relaxation #noworries #roomservice please! #val day #valentines 1d

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valerievelazquez #Repost @beautyforfreedom with @repostapp.
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Artwork- "I Love Your Hair" by Tim Okamura @beautyforfreedom will feature #BeautyUndefined exhibiting artists each day on our Instagram feed from now until our opening at 51 Orchard St. March 2nd. We will launch our page next week which will include each artist's piece with pricing, medium, sizing and inspiration behind the work with quotes from each artist so you can get to know them and what "Beauty Undefined" means in their own words!

Today we spotlight artist @timokamura
Tim Okamura investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique method of painting – one that combines an essentially ‘realist’ approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media. The juxtaposition of the rawness and urgency of street art and academic ideals has created a visual language that acknowledges a traditional form of story-telling through portraiture, while infusing the work with resonant contemporary motifs.

Born in Edmonton, Canada, painter Tim Okamura earned a B.F.A. with Distinction at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada before moving to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts in 1991. After graduating with an M.F.A. in Illustration as Visual Journalism, Okamura moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he continues to live and work.

Tim Okamura’s art is on display in the permanent collections of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Toronto Congress Center, the Hotel Arts in Calgary, Canada, and Standard Chartered Bank in London, England. Celebrity collectors include Uma Thurman, musicians John Mellencamp, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (The Roots), director Ben Younger, as well as actors Bryan Greenberg, Vanessa Marcil, Annabella Sciorra, and Ethan Hawke.
http://timokamura.com/ #beauty #BeautyUndefined #beautyforfreedom #unite #love #art #EndHumanTrafficking @meetselect @beautyforfreedom
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valerievelazquez Was fun being a #strawberry #blonde #strawberryblonde for the today - But I like the dark side better - back to the #dark side it is. 🤗 #fattuesday #nyc #newyork 5d

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valerievelazquez So much empowerment in the last 24 hours! Reading through emails, texts, feedback on prototypes...so much to take in while managing a personal life. Then last night my gal friend, and fellow design entrepreneur @jamie_batiste of @rejectedheartsclub jewelry texts me for my latest very risky piece...but also heartfelt - and she says "if it makes people feel confident, that's all that matters, I love being a sexy bauce" YES!!! #svveltethenewsexy feels like one week when you're working on something, yet a week fly's and it feels like a year ago! Love my confident women who empower! #svvelte #empower #nyc #lingerie #fashion #style #womensstyle #mondaymotivation 6d

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valerievelazquez Sunday Dreaming. While the #usa watched the #superbowl I made the most stunning #svvelte #lingerie 🤗 #sunday #perfect #weekend nothing like my bed. #love you #nyc #gramercy #manhattan #newyork #life 7d

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valerievelazquez 🏻🏼 @beautyforfreedom & @meetselect our "Beauty Undefined" event trailer featuring supermodel/humanitarian @melaniegaydos and view the full video and RSVP info for our March 2nd fundraising exhibit presented by @meetselect for our arts education project teaching survivors of sex-trafficking in SE Asia this spring at https://beautyforfreedom.org/event/beauty-undefined/ (link in bio) #EndHumanTrafficking #SupportAmazingArtists RSVP today!

Thank you so much to Melanie and our entire creative team on this shoot which included all of the #artfam below:

Filmed at @lickstudios
Featuring #MelanieGaydos
Photographer- @crystalvinson  Hair/Make-up- @edendibiancobeauty
Director/ Editor @artinmotionahow
Graphics- Raj Shah & @beautyforfreedom
Producer- @jerrydigital @ctmsisterspro
Original Score- "Awakenings" by Composer @ahmedalabaca
1w

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valerievelazquez #fbf that time in 2013 when I skipped #Austin to #NYC miss my Texas halves so much. @krissyrichard @killavmarie #baes #love #friendsforever #mygirls #texas #love #keepaustinweird #memories not a day goes by. 1w

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valerievelazquez Can't wait to share everything I've been working on since like, forever! Just finished an interview for my time as Former Miss Texas Latina USA and for my party days after (ahem ahem lessons), can't believe 7 years ago I was the shortest in the Top 5 USA!When @johannasambucini took #missnewyorkUSA the next year! Between #lingerie, music, #giving back, cultivating & creating. It's almost time!!! Our Christmas single was cut due to world tragedy's, but that doesn't mean it wasn't for a reason. #trust your #journey #cantar #werk #newyork #nyc #music #piano #theatre #theater #musicaltheatre #natural #blessed #blessings #create #texas to #miami to #newyorkcity #latina #mexico #italy #spain #svvelte 2w

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valerievelazquez It's the perfect day! Sun is out, and the temp is perfect!!! #sunday #sundayfunday w @its_queen_vivi #nyc #newyork Love you so!🤗 #beautiful #weather #perfectday 2w

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valerievelazquez New York City Nights. #girlsnightout #nyc #newyork 🏻 now to brunch! 2w

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valerievelazquez #saturday #nights #nyc much needed #me time! Yay! 🤒 can't wait to see my girls! #girlsnightout after this long #werk #week #bringit 2w

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valerievelazquez Being a goofball at my #photoshoot today. #nyc #newyork #iloveyou #cantar 2w

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valerievelazquez 🏼 So excited about what Creative Director @artinmotionshow is curating today for @beautyforfreedom ・・・
At @lick_studios with artist/photographer @crystalvinson as she shoots her #BeautyUndefined artwork featuring the gorgeous and amazing supermodel @melaniegaydos 🏾🏾🏾 and MUA @edendibiancobeauty #CreativesGivingBack for #antihumantrafficking #ProjectIndia our art project in SE Asia for survivors of sex-trafficking and at-risk youth! Join us March 2nd for the opening and RSVP at info@beautyforfreedom.org #nyc #newyork #purpose #give #giveback #beauty
2w

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valerievelazquez 🤗🐇 #Honey Bunny #Selfie My Peppino can't wait to meet my Divo soon! Love his cute little pink nose. ️ So well behaved and #loved - Countdown to #austin 2 Weeks! #dog meets #bunny #shihtzu meets #furball #newyork #nyc #pets #love my #rescue #pet #rescuepetsofinstagram #dog #bunny #adoption #petadoption 3w

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valerievelazquez This is what happens on weekends you can't leave your apartment during a snowstorm. You write on your walls, read two books, and write pretty much a novel and about 15 songs. Now I know why I need a T.V. - ️ all fun though. #NYC #snow #snowstorm #sunday #home #art #create #newyork #love 3w

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valerievelazquez ️ Brrr from my balcony covered in beautiful snow. #gramercy #newyork #nyc #snow #jonas #snowmageddon2016 #artday #beauty #nature #love #sunday #bliss 3w

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