As a young girl my mother always reminded me that I was beautiful and that any moment in front of the camera was my time to shine. I was taught to look and feel my best whether it was for a family photo or school photo. When I was little, I remember her helping me rehearse my smile for picture day. She would say, “Look directly at the camera and put your tongue behind your teeth when you smile!” As I practiced different smiles I could hear her in the background cheering “Go girl! You got it”. At that age, I was not familiar with the word “fierce” but that is what I felt in front of the camera when I got to school.