As a Makeup Artist I am a huge fan of the brand Illamasqua and I have just purchased some fantastic products in time for the festive season which I will be sharing with you on a later Blog.
For now though I want to tell you a little about the Sophie Lancaster Foundation (ILLAMASQUA S.O.P.H.I.E) and the items I purchased…
On 11th August 2007, 20 year-old Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were kicked, stamped on and left unconscious – for nothing more than looking different. Sophie later died from her injuries.
The S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancaster Foundation was set up by Sylvia Lancaster, a youth worker and Sophie’s mother, in her memory, and is dedicated to educating young people in our society about acceptance and tolerance towards others through interactive youth workshops.
As a brand that promotes the right to experiment and self-express through the way you look, Illamasqua have continually supported the Foundation’s work and remains committed to changing attitudes towards subcultures.
Watch the film above and find out how and where the funding for the charity goes. To mark the 4th anniversary of Sophie’s death, Illamasqua created a film in association with The S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancaster Foundation to further raise awareness and celebrate their work.
In tribute to Sophie, Illamasqua commissioned ‘Dark Angel’ in 2009 – a short film by award-winning French director, Fursy Teyssier, that’s a haunting rendition of Sophie’s story, featuring the music of iconic British band, Portishead.
Please show your support and watch the films so that the Foundation’s message can continue to spread through our society.
The two items I purchased from Illamasqua to ‘Stand up for Sophie’ were a Sophie Black pencil for £13.00 and a wristband for £2.00. £3 from the Sophie Pencil purchased and all proceeds from the wristband sales go directly to the Foundation which helps them spread their message of tolerance and acceptance throughout our society.
S.O.P.H.I.E. Stamp. Out. Prejudice. Hatred and Intolerance. Everywhere.