European Spotlight: Tamara Maslar
Maslar created the Tamara Darress line, a clothing-and-accessories line offering couture products. She also is a military spouse. Living in Naples, Italy, she is kicking off a monthly makeover contest for active-duty women serving in Naples. Each month, she’ll pick a winner from entrants seeking to add a little style, ease and panache to their lives.
Tell me about this interesting new service you’ve started up. It’s a beauty-makeover contest, right?
I wanted to provide the military women an opportunity to learn more about fashion for themselves. I want to recognize women in the military for all the work that they have done to help protect our country. Military Makeovers will provide active-duty female members with a fresh, new look with makeup and hair styling; clothing consultations and a fashion shoot, which will be featured on our Blush Web site.
What does the “winner” get?
A consultation, and we’ll be going through the Navy Exchange looking at outfits that will flatter them. Now, they won’t be able to keep the clothes, but they’ll get a better idea of what cuts, colors and styles look best. But here’s the great part. The Navy Exchange, Lancome, beauty and photo shops will be donating their services to this project. The women will get a free makeover from the cosmetic company there in the exchange, and the Navy Exchange has offered free haircut and style from the beauty salon. And then we’ll go over to the photo shop, where they have a studio, and have professional photos taken. The girls will get to keep a disc of their photo shoot to take home with them.
Why are you picking military women?
How do I say this so it doesn’t come out wrong? I feel some military women don’t get to see what the civilian sector is wearing, especially when living overseas. Women in the military have to wear uniforms to work, uniforms made to serve their purpose. When you’re overseas, you work around the military, tend to socialize around the military.
Tend to dress military?
Well, getting a sense of what is fashion is harder than if you were living in the States.
But we’re living in Italy, the so-called “fashion capital” of the world?
When military dependents and military individuals live overseas, a lot of times people tend to hang out with military because that’s what they’re comfortable with. Socializing with the Italian culture may not be easy, especially with a language barrier.
What’s the purpose of your Web site (www.tamaradarress.com/blush.html)?
To provide information on health, beauty and lifestyle to women by women. The writers featured on the site include a number of military spouses with professional backgrounds providing educational and humorous articles on an array of subjects.
Job: Licensed occupational therapist with a passion and flair for fashion.
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