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16 August 2022

Diversity is Beauty: A Raw and Real Conversation with Maria Michelle'lee

Diversity is Beauty: A Raw and Real Conversation with Maria Michelle'lee

Have you ever turned away a client because you “don’t know how” or “have not been trained” to work on their ‘type’ of hair or skin? Why haven’t you educated yourself and learned? Why haven’t you hired someone whoknows how to perform their beauty service? You are not only leaving money on the table, but you do not have a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)-friendly environment in your business.

Educating yourself on a wide variety of clientele and their specific needs is always the right thing to do. Our guest today is Maria Michelle’lee, a Diversity In Beauty Expert, who educates industry members on how to become diverse and inclusive, whatever service you provide. Cheryl and AnneMarie get some serious and straight talk about what the BIPOC community experiences every day in the beauty industry (and in life) and Maria tells us what we can all do to make our services diverse, equitable, and inclusive for everyone because everyone deserves beauty.

Expect to hear: 

  • Maria’s 14-year career in beauty includes mastering the art of spray tanning on people of color
  • Maria’s journey of doing something about the microaggressions in the beauty industry
  • Overcoming the common defense of: “But my demographic…” or “But I only specialize in…” 
  • Putting out images of the type of clients you want to attract can be a slippery slope. Are you unintentionally excluding others?
  • What is greenwashing?
  • How to balance educating yourself on techniques and being honest about what you’re not good at doing
  • Racism in the beauty industry as a client
  • Racism in the beauty industry as a stylist
  • Create your DEI mission statement. How to live it and defend your diverse staff against racist clients
  • White saviors vs. white allies
  • Is it time for client housecleaning? How to get rid of racist clients and make room for those who want your services
  • If you are a stylist in the beauty industry, your services should be for every person, no matter their skin tone

Resources:

Connect with Maria Michelle’lee:

Maria Michelle’lee on Instagram

Maria Michelle’lee Website


Connect with Cheryl and AnneMarie:

Cheryl's Instagram

AnneMarie's Instagram

Cheryl Peng LinkedIn

AnneMarie Lorenzini LinkedIn

Untamed Artistry Website


The Untamed podcast is hosted by Cheryl Peng, Founder and CEO of Untamed Artistry, your one-stop lash biz shop. Untamed Artistry provides professional lash artists with helpful knowledge and amazing eyelash extension products (hand-tested in our lash nerd lab). We want to make you successful by giving you high-quality products and showing you what you need to use them well. Find great products and all the education you could ever want (with a healthy dose of quirk) at UntamedArtistry.com


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