Hearts for Fashion is an event that provides a stylish fashion show, as well as education on heart disease. This event features student and professional designers who create unique informative designs of the Go Red for Women campaign while expressing how they have been personally affected by heart disease.
At the last minute, the event coordinators for the Hearts for Fashion show at the Mall of America were in need of cosmetologists! Instructors and students from Minnesota School of Cosmetology came to the rescue and were the on-site hair and makeup artists for the models.
Chairwomen Angela Hinkley was extremely grateful for the help from Minnesota School of Cosmetology.
“Thank you again for stepping up last minute and helping us out. Really, I would have had to cancel the show if you and your students would not have participated,” she said. “(Instructor) Chris was amazing and a pleasure to work with. All of your students were professional, very talented, and truly did an amazing job! We would like to sincerely thank you for sparing your valuable time in helping Boston Scientific with the 2016 Hearts for Fashion show! Because of you, our mission of creating heart health awareness and education among women reached over 5,000 people in attendance and passing through at the Mall of America! Thank you for donating your time to such a good cause! Hoping that we can partner next year! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”
Student Ginger Close learned a lot and shared this about the event:
“As a student, I find it to be imperative to experience as many facets of this industry as possible. I wanted to test my ability to work off the cuff, and exude my creativity and confidence in a pressurized situation, knowing that I had the backup and aid of a knowledgeable instructor like Ms. Chris, but also being able to be independent and stretch my wings on my own.
The experience was wonderful! It was fast paced and kept me on my toes at all times. Because I had worked the U of M fashion show the previous weekend and there were some students designers at that show that were showing at Hearts of Fashion. I had the wonderful experience of one of the designers coming up to me immediately and asking if she can secure me to do her model’s hair and makeup as she liked my work from the previous show.
The reason I volunteered is because networking is huge. Having your face seen is huge. Being associated with these kinds of things are imperative to starting your career. While the beauty industry is so expansive, it’s a community that is also so small and intimate. Life, in general, is all about who you know and who knows you and your reputation. I want my name to be associated with the ability to work hard, work fast, and produce desirable results.
I learned to check your fears and excuses at the door. This experience required me to look at a picture of inspiration and then produce that on a person sitting in front of me in a timely manner. I would do it again in a heartbeat because it helped me to grow as an artist and a stylist.
Kudos to MSC for orchestrating these kinds of opportunities for their students. And kudos to the students for stepping up to the plate. I witnessed fellow students that told me face to face that they weren’t confident in makeup application produce some beautiful results. I saw students working in tandem, one on hair, the other on makeup; both playing to their strengths and producing models that were breathtakingly beautiful. There were no egos there that day. There were simply artists…creating.”
Photo: Student Ginger Close performing a hairstyle on a fashion show model. Photo credit: Gregg Jiracek