Beauty Store Business magazine - January, 2020

Beauty, Wellness Students Receive Leo Passage Scholarship from Beauty Changes Lives

Four beauty and wellness students from across the United States have been awarded a Leo Passage Scholarship and will participate in the NextGen Project during the Beauty Changes Lives experience at America’s Beauty Show, March 26, 2017.

The Leo Passage Scholarship provides a platform for beauty students to showcase their creativity and artistic passion before some of the world’s leading beauty brands and industry icons. The 2016 winners will travel to Chicago March 22-27, 2017, for an immersive six-day, five-night experience led by Pivot Point International. Throughout the week, the students will partner with Pivot Point International mentors to create a fashion hairstyle collection inspired by emerging global trends.

This year’s theme, “The Art of Prediction,” complements the symbiotic relationship that exists between youth and global beauty and fashion trends, said Beauty Changes Lives Foundation president Lynelle Lynch. “Young people have always been at the forefront of emerging fashion and beauty trends. We are excited to see how the Leo Passage Scholarship winners will integrate inspiration derived from data on emerging trends with creative insights that arise in the moment through the process of collaboration.”

The 2016 winners participating in the NextGen Project are as follows:

  • Matthew Stradling, Bellus Academy, Poway, California
  • Alaska Gaxiola, Beau Monde Academy of Cosmetology, Portland, Oregon
  • Holly Moretti, Penrose Academy, Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Latasha Coy, Bellus Academy, Manhattan, Kansas

The students will be challenged to develop a collection using mood and storyboard creation techniques; to assist in model selection; to complete their looks with on-set fashion styling and finishing; and to participate in a photo shoot. The NextGen Project will culminate in a runway fashion presentation. Each winner’s experience is valued at $7,500.

“The individuals selected to receive this honor represent the spirit of the beauty industry and Pivot Point. Their applications reflect a keen passion for education, creative curiosity and pride in our amazing industry,” said Robert Passage, CEO of Pivot Point International.

BCL/Leo Passage Scholarship winners’ application videos may be viewed here. The Beauty Changes Lives Experience on March 26, 2017, in Chicago, is open to the public as well as industry professionals. Online ticket sales will begin Jan. 4, 2017. Additional information on the BCL Experience is available here.

[Images courtesy of Beauty Changes Lives]