Probably the biggest request I get is to update stories. That is not easy to do for many reasons. As Invisible People grows, I do want to make updates more intentional. Until then, every now and then I run into someone I interviewed in the past. I love being able to reconnect with someone I know, but I HATE that the person is still experiencing homelessness.
While walking around Hollywood, I saw a young woman in the distance. She was sitting on the ground and apparently homeless. As I got closer, she started to look familiar. It was Arien, a homeless woman I interviewed a year and a half ago. Here is Arien’s original interview.
Arien recognized me first. She was more than happy to record an update video but asked if she could finish putting on her makeup first. Whenever I interview a woman, and she doesn’t “look homeless” the comment section fills with questions like: “how can she afford makeup if she is homeless?” What people need to understand is both men and woman in any situation including homelessness try their best to keep some kind of dignity and self-esteem. For women, this often includes putting on makeup to look and feel better!
I asked Arien to explain how she gets her makeup and why it’s important for homeless women to look her best even when living homeless on the streets of Los Angeles.
Once again Arien shares the harsh realities of what homeless women have to go through. Please watch and share this important video.