Bec Taylor moved to Beijing from Bangladesh in 2009 when she was 36 weeks pregnant to be close to her family. Her mother, father, brother, and sister-in-law are all educators all living in Beijing. Taylor, who came from Australia, is a family woman and we have never met anybody who speaks with so much love and admiration about their parents. The close familial bond is what’s keeping Taylor’s family in Beijing, together with great schools, where this family of educators feels at home.
Taylor works as a librarian at Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS). She’s mother to a 7-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl, and is passionate about childbirth and breastfeeding. Her enthusiasm is tangible when we talked with her during her haircut. Her firstborn was a caesarean birth, a difficult period for Taylor. She was determined to get informed about childbirth, breastfeeding, and have a different second delivery. Her daughter’s birth was what she hoped it would be, and healed her from her former experience. Taylor is a volunteer breastfeeding counselor for La Leche League (LLL), helping mothers in Beijing, and using her knowledge to empower women and mothers around her.
Taylor has a simple daily makeup routine of sun screen, mineral powder, mascara, and lipstick. As she’s always had blonde hair, we were in for quite the change!
We start the relaxing afternoon at Blow and Bar with salon manager Angie Tan. She makes Taylor comfortable and picks out a color together with her. Tan just moved from Singapore a few months ago and is enjoying the diversity Beijing has to offer.
Taylor is up for anything, and after her makeover we have an outside shoot. We are blown away by Taylor’s natural model poses – looks like she can always make a career switch!
When Taylor comes home she surprises the kids. “You don’t look like us anymore,” is their response, and husband needs some time to get used to it. The reactions from friends are great: “You look ten years younger!” Some friends and students at school don’t even recognize her anymore.
MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara
MAC Brow Sculpt
MAC Lipstick Diva Matte
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural Powder
MAC Blush Fleur Powder
- Tan picks out a popping color together with Taylor.
- Tan cuts Taylor’s hair dry, to get a feel of her hair and get rid of some of the weight.
- Hair gets a popping color, the biggest change for Taylor.
- After a wash Taylor’s hair gets a very sharp cut, making her friendly face accented even more.
- After getting her makeup done Taylor shines like a top model.
Blow and Bar
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Photos by Uni You
This is an updated version of the article that originally appeared on p. 18-19 of beijingkids April Issue. Download the digital copy here.