By AMUA Director, Ashley Eisenlohr
AMUA graduate Anna West is a 20-year-old with a lot of heart! She has overcome spina bifida, graduated from AMUA’s Advanced Makeup Program and went on to become Miss Alabama International in March of this year! She spends a lot of time volunteering with charities like Boys and Girls Club and March of Dimes and plans to take her career into the world of fashion when she is finished with the beauty queen gig!
“The teachers make a difference in learning at AMUA. They made the class fun and enjoyable. I had the opportunity to learn about hair and different styles and techniques of styling. I’ve used those skills in my beauty pageants and appearances. I’ve learned to use every bit of the skills that were taught at AMUA in my everyday life, and with hard work it’s possible to achieve your goal.”
Anna was always such an outgoing student, always happy to work and eager to learn, though her GPS might give her trouble from time to time!
Anna’s story is one about overcoming adversity. “When I was born, my parents received the devastating news that I had spina bifida. The doctors told my mom and dad that if I lived, I would never walk. Because of the diligent research of The March of Dimes, I am living breathing proof that a horrifying diagnosis does not control one’s destiny! Having been an ambassador for the March of Dimes since the age of 6 has afforded me countless opportunities to see the positive impacts this incredible organization has on the lives of babies born with special needs.”
We asked Anna what her goals are when it comes to her makeup career. She told us, “I really enjoy fashion. It’s a passion for me and in fact, my biggest dream would be to work New York Fashion Week with all of the models from all over the world.”