My name is Christiana Benson, and I am the Great-Granddaughter of Ern Westmore. I'm the Westmore Family Historian and I have so much fun doing it.
After I had kids, I really started to think about the legacy I was going to leave to them. My stories of my own glory days as a Make-up Artist, Sales Director, or self- proclaimed "Marketing Genius" wouldn't be enough to capture their attention for long. I knew I had "Famous Make-up Artists" in my family tree, but I didn't know anything about them. In fact, the only Westmore book I had ever read was written in 1946 by my Great-Grandfather Ern and my 2xGreat Uncle Bud. I studied that book as a child, and practiced victory rolls on my Barbie. I have to admit, I did the exercises religiously in Beauty, Glamour, and Personality to create a fuller bust.
So, I set out to learn everything that I could about my family. I began researching in 2003 and have read enough newspaper and magazine articles to fill up several rooms. The discovery of new photos and relics of the past bring me so much joy. In the beginning, I set out to know EVERYTHING, but I realize now that the real reward is in the journey.
2017 marks the 100 year anniversary for the Westmore family. We have much to learn from the lives and careers of George, Monte, Perc, Ern, Wally, Bud, and Frank. Perhaps, this milestone is a reminder that we, as Westmores, are better when we stick together.
With all my love,