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The Japanese Cherry Blossom Goddess and the Ephemeral Life of Flo Jo

We're bringing you another installment of our #WCW #GoddessWithin Series highlighting Goddesses around the world and real-life women who embody their spirit!

Today's #WCW #GoddessWithin Highlight is sponsored by our Blossom Princess lashes.

 

THE GODDESS

Photo credit: Konohana Sakuya with flowers and Mount Fuji, Image from “Shinto Cocoro

 

Our Blossom Princess lashes were inspired by Konohanasakuya-hime, an ancient Japanese goddess whose name translates to "Princess Blossoms of the Trees." In Japanese mythology, she is considered to be the divine foremother of the human race, and a symbol of delicate earthly life. The symbol of Konohanasakuya-hime is the cherry blossom tree (sakura). When cherry blossoms bloom, they flourish into vibrant and potent flowers, only to fall from their trees two weeks later. In Japan, this represents a melancholic yet beautiful metaphor for our fleeting lives.

 

THE WOMAN

Photo credit: Image of Florence Griffith Joyner from ebay.com

 

In real life, Florence Griffith Joyner, known as Flo-Jo, was a legendary woman, gorgeous and gifted, who lived a beautiful yet fleeting life. Flo Jo was a record-setting African-American track and field Olympic champion. She was the first American woman to win four medals in one Olympics, bringing home three golds and a silver from the 1988 summer games in South Korea. The record she set in those games for the 100-meter dash – 10.49 seconds – still stands. Flo Jo died in her home at only 38 years of age.

 

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