The Grio And Ebony Magazine Join Forces To Give Rachel Jeantel The Ultimate Makeover

November 8, 2013  |  

Source: The Grio

Last year, Miami teen Rachel Jeantel was thrust into the public eye following the tragic murder of her friend Trayvon Martin. Of course, this new-found exposure has opened her up to a world of criticism and scrutiny, which radio host Tom Joyner has her in counseling for. But Rachel says that she doesn’t pay much attention to people’s negative comments.

“I don’t really care about that. I can’t let them put me down. I was there to help a friend out,” she told The Grio of her decision to testify in the highly publicized trial.

As for all of the support she’s received, Rachel says she’s truly thankful.

“I’m blessed. That’s the truth. Everybody wants to be in my shoes right now. But for me, I’m taking this opportunity, and I’m hitting it hard.”

During a recent visit to New York, The Grio and Ebony Magazine teamed up to offer the soon-to-be college student the ultimate makeover.

“I’m very excited to be here. I think it’s exciting working with, and black media partnering together to collaborate on this project. This is the first time we have done something like this. She’s been really fabulous so far. You can tell she really loves style and fashion,” said Ebony style director Marielle Bobo.

The 19-year-old high school senior was given beautiful new hair extensions, a manicure and makeup.

“She’s super young, with all this vivaciousness and personality. We want to keep that, but translate it into ways that can work for her, for her new life as a student. We want to give her a look that’s going to translate from campus life, to any internships, or employment that she may be doing while she’s at school,” Marielle added.

You can find out more about Rachel’s life post trial and view more photos from her makeover in Ebony’s December/January issue.

Check out footage from Rachel’s makeover session below. For a sneak peak of her transformation, click to the next page.

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  • You can put lipstick on a pig and it’s still, well…….

  • Boom

    I think it is nice that people reached out to her, but what is a new weave and makeup going to do for her, future-wise, and impact her life for the good? Someone needs to address the fact that she is a NINETEEN year old HS senior. I hope someone is helping her to finish school with all this traveling and interviewing she is doing. I honestly would hate for her to fall any farther behind, as I understand several entities have offered to pay for a college education for her.

  • This is beautiful! Best of luck to her.

  • Child_Puhleez

    Beautiful! Close your knees when wearing dress / skirt, as they rise up a bit as you’re sitting down, & you’re good to go, babygirl! God bless Rachel & the angels at Ebony & The Grio!

  • valerie8stx

    Beautiful! I love to see that some of my people are trying to build her up rather than tear her down. We need more of this in our community. Wishing her much success!

  • Linda M McCuff

    I think she’s beautiful and I love the it that Racheal is getting help to make her better. God bless her and her helpers.

  • Alex

    This is beautiful. I am so proud of our people who have platforms for reaching out to her. We have to take care of our own. I was so super disgusted by all of the hate that she received on social media (mostly from Black Twitter). I really hope she understands the magnitude of all she’s been given so that she can take full advantage of it!

  • Meemo

    Something about her mouth reminds me of Toya Wright (Memphitz wife). Not sure why but she comes to mind every time I see her. Wishing her the best and hope she turns out great!

    • Tim

      She’s a mouthbreather. That describes her perfectly.

      Per Urban Dictionary. 1. literally, someone who lacks enough intelligence
      that they never learned to breathe through their nose. 2. a really dumb

  • Maura

    I would love to see her 5 years from now and see what growth and progress she makes after all the media attention and help she is receiving.

    • Tim

      Let me save you some time. Multiple kids by multiple men baby mama. No degree, dead end, low skill job or on welfare.

    • Gabie Aldrich

      ITA! That’s all that you need is a little push to further yourself in the world. I am happy that she is getting this opportunity!

  • TeeHee

    She’s beautiful and smart and the people that was being cruel and hatefu towards her need to get a life and she should keep ignoring them and do her. She deserves the best that comes her way.

    • Tim

      Why give her a weave that she’s not going to be able to maintain? She looks like a black, obese, shemonster. This woman is Gross!!!

      • Kara Niranjana

        And you’re a despicable human being…..we all have our problems!

  • wveronica7

    Love it, she looks great. I hope she does well and take full advantage of the opportunities that are coming her way