Valley at Hygeia

Upbeat pop music played while college-age girls jumped rope and hula-hooped in the center of the HUB’s Heritage Hall. Women of all ages approached booths stationed around the outer edges of the floor, asking for information on self-defense classes, female cancer concerns and homemade face masks, receiving enthusiastic support from the volunteers.

Hygeia, a kick-start to Women’s Empowerment Week 2012, welcomed women of all sizes, ethnicities and ages to discuss their common thread — femininity. The event was held yesterday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organized by Miss Black Penn State 2011, Bianca Jeanty, we were more than thrilled to be a part of Hygeia. Our DIY columnist Manouska Jeantus and beauty editor Shaina Stern demonstrated how to make homemade facial masks, consisting of brown sugar, lemon and honey (you can find the exact recipe in our upcoming Spring issue!), with free samples distributed throughout the event.

Photos by Kaitlyn Knopp