Ageless Beauty Francene Blackamore Pernell

ESSENCE.COM Aug, 27, 2008

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Aesthetician, retired nurse, wife–mother–grandmother, dancer, gardener; Harvey, Illinois

“Everyone has a purpose,” she says, “and you have to learn to receive. It took me a while to realize this, but it’s easy to forget if you’re always doing for others.”

Although it wasn’t always easy, Blackamore realized after ten years of nursing [in oncology] that her work was, in fact, too depressing. So she went to cosmetology school at night while working as a nurse and caring for her two small children and husband.

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Wise words: “People need to take charge of their own destiny. Talk to God. I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for Him.”

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Age-defying secret #1: “My husband and I love to dance and go bike riding. I enjoy working in my garden and vintage shopping."

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Age-defying secret #2: “There are three products from Orenda International I would not be without: the AntiAging Serum, O-Tropin Sub-Linqual Spray and All In One Female Vitamin. The serum has my skin looking fabulous and the spray and the vitamins give me so much more energy at the gym.”

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Blackamore has been running a spa out of her home for several years, clearing up skin, and making women happy on a daily basis.
“I love doing what I do.”

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On her hair: “I started graying when I was 19, which is also when I started coloring. When I hit 50, I said, ‘Enough!’ I’ve learned to embrace it [my hair color]. I’m not running from it anymore.”