Monday February 1, 2021

By: Consuella Mackey How Operation Confidence was started. I followed my mother’s career as a hairstylist & fashion designer, and became a licensed cosmetologist at a very young age. Coming from a 2-parent household with strong moral values, I disappointed my parents when I became a teen mother at the age of 17. Determined to become a success, at the age of 22 I became the owner of 3 hair salons, located in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and San Francisco. I was also the hairstylist & fashion designer of many celebrities. One day while working at one of the salons, I tripped over a box of hair supplies and broke my foot. Unable to stand and work, I became depressed and felt sorry for myself. One day afterwards, a voice seemingly from up above, came to me and said, “How dare you feel sorry for yourself when there are people with permanent disabilities making profound contribution in society!” It was as if I had become revitalized, and wanted to do my part in making a strong, positive difference in society. Shortly after my recovery, I researched and found that I could use my profession, the beauty industry, as a form of rehabilitation for people with disabilities. I later made an appointment to go before the Los Angeles City Council to ask if they would make it possible for me to volunteer my time at a school for children with disabilities. An appointment was then made for me to meet with the principal of Joseph P Widney High School. Now keep in mind, I worked in a glamorous industry where only a few people, including myself, cared about anyone other than themselves, so I had never interacted with a person with a disability. The day I...... Read more on Full Issue!

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