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UPDATE on Arien: She is still homeless in Hollywood!



Update: Arien Is No Longer Homeless in Los Angeles

Probably the biggest request I get is to update stories. That is not easy to do for many reasons. As Invisible People grows, I do want to make updates more intentional. Until then, every now and then I run into someone I interviewed in the past. I love being able to reconnect with someone I know, but I HATE that the person is still experiencing homelessness.

While walking around Hollywood, I saw a young woman in the distance. She was sitting on the ground and apparently homeless. As I got closer, she started to look familiar. It was Arien, a homeless woman I interviewed a year and a half ago. Here is Arien’s original interview

Arien recognized me first. She was more than happy to record an update video but asked if she could finish putting on her makeup first. Whenever I interview a woman, and she doesn’t “look homeless” the comment section fills with questions like: “how can she afford makeup if she is homeless?” What people need to understand is both men and woman in any situation including homelessness try their best to keep some kind of dignity and self-esteem. For women, this often includes putting on makeup to look and feel better!

I asked Arien to explain how she gets her makeup and why it’s important for homeless women to look her best even when living homeless on the streets of Los Angeles.

Once again Arien shares the harsh realities of what homeless women have to go through. Please watch and share this important video.

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Since its launch in November 2008, Invisible People has leveraged the power of video and the massive reach of social media to share the compelling, gritty, and unfiltered stories of homeless people from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. The vlog (video blog) gets up close and personal with veterans, mothers, children, layoff victims and others who have been forced onto the streets by a variety of circumstances. Each week, they’re on InvisiblePeople.tv, and high traffic sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, proving to a global audience that while they may often be ignored, they are far from invisible.

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