Making Up Her Mind

Doing her eyebrows with an Elf eyebrow pencil in taupe, Aurora Hesser, gets ready for her meeting at HSJI. Hesser reflects on when she first got into make-up. “It was a journey to get to the point where I am now where I don’t look like trash,” Hesser said. photo by Peyton Eber

Aurora Hesser debates her future in cosmetology

Sitting on neon green bed sheets in her IU dorm room, Aurora Hesser, laughed as she plucked her friend, Chloe’s, eyebrows for the umpteenth time that year. They joked about the times Aurora had plucked her eyebrows in yearbook, and Chloe’s sensitivity to the eyebrow plucking while they ate Chipotle and fruit snacks. Throughout the night other girls from Crown Point wandered into the classroom to plan their own eyebrow “appointment” with Aurora.

Like many preteens in middle school Aurora Hesser …
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