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Madison Utendahl  Producer of thangz & Video Host Creative at Refinery29 🌹 Founding Partner at Museum of 🍦 mautendahl@gmail.com 👌🏾

Well...this happened

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Blonde and never everrrrr going back

"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief... I believe that love is stronger than death." She lives forever in the strong women she leaves behind. We will love you for an eternity Grandma ❤️ (10/13/28-7/9/17)

The Utendahl's (including Lou) for @adidas 🤘🏾// Shot by @bellaalesci

No one teaches you how you deal with grief...especially when it is for someone you barely knew. I never really had the opportunity to get to "know" my grandparents - not because they weren't around, but due to unforeseen to circumstances. My grandfather passed when I was very young, and my grandmother suffered a stroke before I was born, leaving her partially paralyzed and unable to speak. My grandmother, Betty, is in her last few days of life...and despite 25 years of little-to-no communication, it is in these moments, that I feel closer to her than ever before. I forgot that she was once a 25 year old woman like myself, full of dreams and desires that were not afforded to her due to the fact that she was both female and black in 1950s America. I am reminded that there was a time before my grandmother became a mother and a grandmother... a time that means more than just a series of photos with stories, told and retold. In the past few weeks these photos, that I once overlooked, contain a smile that belongs to a woman to whom my life is indebted to. Now, these photos somehow make me feel an intrinsic, deep love for a woman I wish I had known. I have found a new level of compassion inside myself for the life she once had and the allllll things that she always wanted to do. If I do anything right in my life, let it be to live out my days for the life of Betty, my grandmother, and all of the things she dreamed.

Where my head is at

Fools

I birthed her

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Lo and behold, a photo of a girl in a swimsuit!

It's not the party, it's the dress

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