Carol Ann's Bio
Who is Carol Ann? She is a 47-year old mother of two boys with a psychology degree she uses on a daily basis! Born in Garnett, Kansas, she moved to Ottawa at the age of 6 months and spent her youth growing up in a small town. Never having lived farther than 60 miles from Ottawa, she is a true Midwestern Kansas girl with small town values.
Some of her favorite childhood memories include hula-hooping, strapping on roller skates to her shoes, jacks, playing with her one Barbie doll and G.I. Joe as Mr. Barbie. In her teens she could be found at the roller rink, the swimming pool, or on her bicycle headed to the drug store for some candy cigarettes, licorice strings, or bomb pops. She still remembers the soda fountain at Woolworth’s in downtown Ottawa. Those were the days when a handshake really meant something.
Having four older brothers definitely shaped her life growing up. Finally, a girl in the family for mom to bond with! Carol Ann was also a daddy’s girl. He would sing to her, tickle her till she couldn’t catch her breath from laughing, brush the “rats” out of her hair, and carry her around on his shoulders. She was spoiled with love and attention, yet she knew you had to work for everything you got. Carol Ann – the toe headed girl, was a cross between a tomboy and a girly girl. She loved to play dress up and would often pile on 3 or 4 dresses all at once. Why pick just one?
Carol Ann looked sweet, but watch out! She was quite the little hellion when she wanted to be! She learned at a young age to hold her own. The first time she went crying to mom ‘cuz her big brother wrestled with her and won, her mom said, “I would leave your brother alone if I were you. He is bigger than you!” Ok, point taken. If you asked for a fight, you’re gonna get it.
Growing up with an older mom from a different generation helped shape the old-fashioned side to Carol Ann. She was raised in a warm and loving home, with the smell of fresh baked cookies wafting through the house after school. Back in the days of her mom’s youth, a woman was only as good as her husband. Her mom appreciated makeup and a beautiful dress and what it can do for a woman. She was taught to please others, be a great housewife, always be polite and strive to look your best. While this is great advise, it can cause a young girl to put her own needs aside and focus on other’s needs above your own, resulting in too much sacrifice. This is what happened to Carol Ann. It took her many years to learn to nurture her self.
So this brings us to today. Why has Carol Ann created Bombshell? How did she come up with the idea? What motivates her? She experienced years of insecurity and listening to her friends talk about their insecurities and bouts of unhappiness. Youth is supposed to be your prime, and yet she spent so much of it not thinking she was good enough, pretty enough, the wrong body type, etc. She knew it shouldn’t be like that, but how do you change that mindset? She didn’t truly like herself until she was in her forties. That is too many years spent in unhappiness! So, having experienced this, Carol Ann wants more for other girls. She wants to impact women of all ages. She wants them to feel good about themselves. She wants them to love themselves unconditionally. She wants each girl to appreciate her inner and outer beauty and realize that she isn’t defined by outer beauty. She is defined by inner beauty. WHO she is, is not HOW she looks. Who is she? Energy, spirit, character…. the essence of love.
Carol Ann brings her energy and spirit to Bombshell. She is determined to bring the beauty of each Bombshell Pin-up to paper so that each girl can physically see her own beauty and realize her uniqueness. Carol Ann exudes her energy and enthusiasm when working one-on-one with each girl and creating the Bombshell look. You will feel it. You will understand. And you know what will happen? Each Bombshell Girl ™will pass it on. It’s infectious and it will spread. The world will be a better place.... even if it’s only for a moment, or in a little corner of the world. Is that asking too much?
Carol Ann doesn’t want much. It’s simple, really. She just wants to change the world. One Bombshell Girl™ at a time.