Today we’d like to introduce you to Terrence Baxter.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Terrence. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Well, at the risk of sounding like a Debby downer, my story began with a concoction of negativity… lack of a father figure, a knack for travel and being raped in what I thought was a relationship by my first love.
I was a youngster… finished high school but not yet starting college. I was traveling and getting my footing in this weird world, trying to find my space.
As an MUA, I wanted to help men and women find themselves in their natural beauty. I never cared for the fame or notoriety behind it but a simple nod was enough for me.
I used to hide in the shadow of makeup because I never wanted people to see the scars or bruises that were beneath the concealer. No one should have to see what my foundation helped to cover up.
As I grew older and more knowledgeable, I would slowly start to peel back the layers of my own trauma and help those in similar situations find relief and clarity in their natural beauty.
Honesty, all I’ve ever wanted was for the men and women I work with to be happy, healthy and uplifted.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, the road to where I am wasn’t smooth. As I stated, I didn’t have a father figure…just my mother, grandparents and my many many aunts. They were the ones I usually would go to when I was younger…as I got older, the relationships grew distant but the love never died.
I remember talking to my aunt Lorraine years ago about the rape that I endured for almost a year before finally finding the strength to finally leave and she just said, “well, that’s your past Clarence…use that pain and grow from it… don’t let it hold you back.”
Haha, those words ran with me through every move I made through the USA…haha. Like, I moved around ALOT and whenever I returned she would have a scarf for me and say, “I got this for you…for your next trip.” Haha. Love my aunt.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a singer/songwriter and an MUA. I perform from time to time but mostly, nowadays, I am utilized as an MUA and mostly for women of color. No shade but most of the people who reach out to me are women of color looking to show off their natural beauty.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Yes! Omg… well, my mother, Tamara. My Grandmother. MY AUNT LORRAINE is a major MAJOR supporter! My baby sister Semaj aka Bella. Denise, great friend that I met here in LA. Rosa, Suri, Terrell, Dantè, Toria, Anthony and Austin also known as little foot.
They’ve been the ones who gave sound advice, financial cushion, prayers….god they were my rock when I was down and out with nowhere to turn to.
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