The claim that 'everyone' is beautiful is professed loudly by the beauty industry but those claims need to be validated by making services, treatments and products available for all ethnic, cultural and racial backgrounds. Esthetic education has neglected or forgotten segments of our society. Fearless Beauties will highlight skincare professionals of color and learn their stories of success to elevate the industry to become more inclusive.
05: Finding Your Niche As An Entrepreneur
For our fifth episode of Fearless Beauties, Mary and Taylor speak to some inspiring female founders about entrepreneurship, and specifically what it’s actually like to bring an idea to a reality. For companies to be successful, they need to gain traction in a focused, niche market where customers know what they want. By doing so, founders can create a unique value proposition that its consumers will not find anywhere else. This week Mary and Taylor chat with Beth Kenerson Managing Director of Esthetician Success Lab, Robyn Sutton Founder of Poised Professional, and Onisha Claire Founder of Bossy Brows on how they built their businesses from the ground up and really honed in on their niche in the beauty landscape.
04: How Can We Promote More Inclusion?
How can we promote better inclusion of all races and genders in the beauty industry? This week, Mary and Taylor get to the root of the issue - the promotion of Euro-centric ideals of beauty. They discuss where it comes from and how it manifests in today’s North American culture. This episode features candid stories from Dia Fairley, from Gorgeous Glow Aesthetics in Atlanta, our co-host Taylor Phillip, and Noelle Schwartzkopf from You Matter Beauty. Each guest discusses their own experiences in the beauty industry as people of colour and what action they believe needs to be taken to create a better future.
03: Social Injustice in Beauty
For our third episode of Fearless Beauties, Mary chats with now co-host Taylor Phillip about one of the main reasons this show exists; social injustice in the beauty industry. The two discuss how social injustice came about, why the beauty industry is holding on to Euro-centric ideals of what constitutes ‘beautiful’, and the inherent issues that are still facing the industry today for people of colour. This episode features emotional and moving stories from estheticians on the front lines; Krystal Martos, the owner of Sugar Mamma, Taea Campbell, the previous Assistant Director at the Premier Esthetics Institute in Bend, and currently an esthetician in Jacksonville at an Aveda concept salon, and Nichelle Mosley, the owner of Queen City Beauty. Each interview discusses an experience of social injustice, what we can do better moving forward, and why social media can be toxic and a tool for change.
02: Getting Started as a New Esthetician
In our second episode of Fearless Beauties, Mary sits down with Megan Rayo, Media Coordinator at Fearless Beauties to tell the stories of how three inspiring, successful estheticians got their start. The two discuss how Mary found esthetics and started her business, before moving into stories from Dia Fairley, Atlanta-based esthetician and founder of Gorgeous Glow Aesthetics, Kayt Crow, the General Manager at Lash Lounge in Portland and Lake Oswegostory, and Nichelle Mosley, the Founder of Queen City Beauty. Each interview sheds light on how to find your niche, the inherent biases that exist within the beauty industry towards women of colour, and how to become a great esthetician, regardless of adversity.
01: This is Fearless Beauties
In our first ever episode, Mary Nielsen sits down with Taylor Phillip, social media coordinator at Fearless Beauties and fellow producer of the podcast. The two discuss how estheticians get their start in the beauty industry and the key challenges facing them when they do. The episode documents three impactful stories from Noelle Schwartzkopf, the owner of You Matter Beauty, Sonia Dumas, a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner and the owner of A Touch of Youth, and Krystal Martos, the owner of Sugar Mamma. Each interview offers a unique perspective of starting out in the beauty industry as women of colour, and points to the changes that need to be made to create a level playing field.
0: This is Fearless Beauties
Welcome to Fearless Beauties, a podcast dedicated to elevating voices of color in the beauty industry. Every week, host Mary Nielsen talks to estheticians, skin specialists, and business owners to uncover best skin practices, tactical career tips, and ultimately, how we can create a better beauty industry together.
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I needed this, and so do you!
Absolutely loving! Real and raw perspectives. Grab your pen and paper, so many gems. Thank you Mary and everyone contributing.
Great Mission, Great Podcast
This is a great podcast for all esthetician’s and skin care enthusiasts, there is so much to learn about inclusive skincare and how we in the industry can help make that change. I love their mission and I am already looking forward to the next episode!
A very eye opening perspective. New sub! Looking forward to each new episode.