Our Crowned Panelists
Creative of Velvet Bananas
Read Rachel's Bio
Rachel — the creative behind Velvet Bananas — has been giving the world a trendy “vibe” through eyewear, henna, art, & hair since 2013. Velvet Bananas is the umbrella that births her innovative ideas & talents. Chicago has been the home base for this busy creative. Moving forward this 2018 you can count on seeing this creative on a city to city tour providing her installment & art services.
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Owner of Eden Brand Official
Read Asia's Bio
Asia began sewing when she was 12 but didn’t start designing and cultivating a brand until she was about 20. Asia was in college studying a major that her heart was not set on and transferred to the Illinois Institute of Art. It was there that Asia made the decision that she wanted to start her own brand so she did. After about 6 months she gave up. Being young and stupid, Asia thought that success was going to happen over night. The work was too hard and things weren’t happening fast enough so after graduation she got a full time job in the fashion industry and settled. During that time life changed for her. Asia got married, had a baby and thought that she had fulfilled what she was set out to do in life.
However, a coworker came across some of her old designs and asked Asia, “Why are you not doing this anymore?” She couldn’t come up with an answer. Asia had to be honest with herself and realize that she had given up on a dream that her heart was set on all because she felt like it was too hard. She prayed about it, had a long talk with God and realized that this is her purpose. Designing, creating and encouraging young people is where she is most happy. Asia’s heart is at peace and she feels as though she is fulfilling the purpose that God set out for her, hence her brand name: Eden Brand Official. The garden of Eden is that place of serenity and peace. Asia set out to encourage anyone to find what that place of serenity is for them and fulfill their purpose, too.
No matter how hard it may seem or how much work you have to put in know that the reward is greater than the struggle.
Owner of Jamaicas Beauty
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Shae is the proud to be the owner and a hairstylist at JamaicasBeauty Salon in Naperville, IL. Shae studied at Eastern Illinois University and achieved her certification in cosmetology at Lakeland Community College in Mattoon, IL. She has been in the industry for 10 years now. Shae loves her job because she gets to make every person that sits in her chair feel great about themselves. Shae truly enjoys meeting new people every day, learning everyone’s different story, and consulting on different looks she can help them achieve. Her specialties include creative braiding, sew-ins, and natural styles. Shae seeks to learn the latest trends and utilizes her versatility as a stylist to allow her to customize individual looks for her clients. Come in and let me or a talented staff help you find your true beauty.
Owner of Key 2 Glam Studio
Read Keiashia's Bio
Keiashia “Key” Wood is the owner of Key 2 Glam, a 1 stop shop providing exceptional hair and makeup services. Her business specializes in creating looks for formal occasions such as weddings and special events. As a licensed cosmetologist and professional makeup artist, Keiashia has had years of experience working in the beauty industry. Along with her years of experience she also has her Master’s in Business Administration from Aurora University making her a well rounded business owner. Keiashia takes much pride in being a young African American female entrepreneur in the beauty industry and loves the flexibility of being her own boss!
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