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could withstand literally the worst thing that I could imagine ever happening to someone, and I could still come out stronger, wiser, more fierce, more asser- tive, more aggressive and still not lose my humanity and my sense of humor and warmth.” She is a passionate activ- ist for women going through what she experienced. She uses her celebrity sta- tus to give others a voice: “I’ve lobbied the state legislature here in California and I’ve lobbied Congress and Senate to increase funding for rape crisis centers.”


Union supports the


UCLA Rape Crisis Center, which helped her “go from victim to sur- vivor.” She also works with RAINN—the Rape, Abuse, and In- cest National Network—recording


York Times, People, InStyle, Entertainment Weekly, and Newsweek. She has shot a dozen celebrity portraits for more than 15 magazine covers, 2 album covers and recently shot the advertising campaign for the MTV smash hit series “Awkward.” After graduating magna cum laude with a


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bachelor of fine arts in theatre and film from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, Elisabeth began her career in feature film pro- duction and development for such distin- guished filmmakers as Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black), David T. Friendly (Little Miss Sunshine), and Academy Award©


Winner di-


rector/producer Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker). She then made the transition into entertainment publicity


and marketing at


B|W|R Public Relations, representing clients such as Anonymous Content, The Gersh Agency, and the Academy Award© winning film CRASH. Elisabeth also served as the Director of Marketing at Lionsgate Films and as the Director of Lifestyle Marketing at UPP Entertainment Marketing, integrating iconic international brands such as Evian, Lexus, Godiva, Nintendo, Bombay Sapphire, and The North Face within several facets of the entertainment industry including promo- tional events and celebrity endorsements. During her years in the entertainment industry, Elisabeth spent her free time explor-


ing photography and was often called upon to lend her expertise and aesthetic in hiring photographers and selecting images for clients and press. Though her passion was pho- tography and she spent most of her free time behind her camera, she was under the im- pression that photography was not “a real job,” and that although she was not fulfilled creatively she had to have a job that provided some semblance of security. After ten years, Elisabeth mustered the courage and conviction to “follow her bliss” and like Jo- seph Campbell’s beloved quotation promised “doors open[ed] where [she] didn’t know they were going to be.” Her ten years of experience in the entertainment industry and especially in public


relations and marketing, has given her tremendous insight into the needs of her clients. Though her focus is primarily portraiture, Elisabeth often shoots a variety of subjects, is also a proud member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild shooting production stills on television and film sets and in general is thrilled to be behind the lens full time.


52 PROFESSIONAL WOMAN’S MULTICULTURAL MAGAZINE CELEBRATING 11 YEARS OF DIVERSITY


hotographer Elisabeth Caren’s work has appeared in publications such as The New


public service announcements. In addition to her work with rape crisis centers, Union is a Susan G. Komen for the Cure global ambassador, advocating for women battling breast cancer. She first became involved when one of her closest girlfriends was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer at the age of 32. Union jumped in to raise money for her friend. Soon, she says, “I got so good at it that other organizations contacted me and I began trying to get the word out—espe- cially to minority and low-income wom- en—on how to get mammograms and low-cost


breast healthcare. I’ve since


traveled the world spreading that mes- sage.”


Looking toward the future, Union cir- cles back to family. She would eventually like to become a mother. While she recog- nizes that motherhood is a lot of work, Union strongly believes that a woman can have both a family and a career. She be- lieves that “there’s this idea that we have to trade off having a relationship or hav- ing a career or having a family, and I come from a long line of women who did it all and did it all well without having to sacri- fice major chunks of their life. I think if more people were honest about how they did that and how they were able to bal- ance it all and how they were able to make it all work without sacrificing their iden- tity and their passion, I think we as wom- en could be empowered and much more supportive of one another as working women.” There’s little doubt that like her mother


and her aunt before her, Union will find a way to juggle parenthood and her career, keeping all her balls in the air and sacrific- ing nothing. And, you can bet, she’ll do it without whining. If you or someone you know has been


sexually assaulted, please know that the assault is not your fault and that you are not alone. In the event that you are sexu- ally assaulted, find a safe place, and con- tact the police immediately. To speak with someone who can help you through the aftermath, and accompany you to the hos- pital, call the National Sexual Assault Ho- tline (800.656.HOPE) or visit the Nation- al Sexual Assault Online Hotline at online. rainn.org.


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ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER


PHOTO: ELISABETH CAREN


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