Graduation portraits are not exactly known for showcasing an individual's personality, at least not the one that exists outside of three-hour-long lectures and thesis papers. When it comes time to force a smile in front of that studio background, there’s just no room for your vintage band T-shirt collection or the red Solo cup that’s been affixed to your hand in every photo from the past four years to now.
“I posted this picture to show that I could pursue my love for makeup while excelling in academics,” Mendoza said. “I'm a full scholar and a candidate for honors. I just want to prove to others that I can do both.” Who says you can't have it all?