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Trendsetters/Trendspotting Karlie Kloss received “haircut of the year” accolades immediately after making the chop. The image that launched a thousand retweets: Michelle Obama’s new ’do. The Brains Behind the Bangs Beauty Launchpad talks to Michelle Obama’s hairdresser, Johnny Wright, , y g , to get the dish on what it means to be the First Stylist. ist. Fringe Worthy We’re not even halfway through 2013, but we’re already certain that it’s the year of the bang. O f course, bangs aren’t exactly a new trend. It was only last year that we were oohing and aahing over Zooey Deschanel’s full bangs and having a field day with the “Rooney Mara Effect” (read: microfringe). But when superstylist Garren lopped seven inches off of model Karlie Kloss’ locks in mid-January, the New York Times instantly hailed the faceframing style as the “haircut of the year.” Sure, it may have seemed a little premature, but they were spot on. Not a week later, Michelle Obama delighted the blogosphere with her snappy new ’do, courtesy of her longtime stylist, Johnny Wright. We can't wait to see who's next to the chopping block! Brow-Defining Moments in History LOUISE BROOKS, 1929 AUDREY HEPBURN, 1950 50 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | MARCH 2013 BETTIE PAGE, 1952 r How did you get involved with SoftSheen-Carson? What is your role with the company? I was introduced to SoftSheen-Carson about 10 years ago, by a good friend who introduced me to Jacqueline Tarrant. At that time, Jacqueline was the Artistic Style Director for oftSheen-Carson SoftSheen-Carson. I was brought on to be a member of the SoftSheen-Carson style squad. Now, 10 years later, I am the Artistic Style Director for SoftSheen-Carson, assisting with developing new products and as a spokesperson for the brand.   How does one become a stylist to the First Lady? When the First Lady was still a senator’s wife in Chicago, my agency was contacted by Essence magazine, requesting a stylist for the photo shoot. That stylist was me! We hit it off instantly. When the presidential campaign started, I had moved to Los Angeles, and I was often called by her staff when she was making appearances in the area. Then I was called to style her for the week leading up to the Democratic National Convention. Three weeks after the election, her staff requested me for a Vogue spread. I flew to Washington, and while we were working, she looked at me and asked me if I would be interested in moving to D.C. The rest is history! How did you feel about the media blitz surrounding the First Lady’s recent transformation? Do you feel any pressure knowing that the world will be scrutinizing every strand on her head? I’m pretty mum when it comes to the First Lady, but I’m always amazed by the buzz she creates. Yet I feel no pressure. It’s like with all my clients—I go in with the mind frame of creating a look that works best for them and the occasion, and I don’t worry about what others might think. MIA FARROW, 1967 DEBBIE GIBSON, 1988 REESE WITHERSPOON, 2007 KARLIE: STEPHEN LOVEKIN/GETTY IMAGES; MICHELLE: LAWRENCE JACKSON/THE WHITE HOUSE VIA GETTY IMAGES; LOUISE: JOHN KOBAL FOUNDATION/ GETTY IMAGES; AUDREY: HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES; BETTIE: MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES/GETTY IMAGES; MIA: TERRY O'NEILL/GETTY IMAGES; DEBBIE: KEVIN WINTER/DMI/TIME LIFE PICTURES/GETTY IMAGES; REESE: FRAZER HARRISON/GETTY IMAGES What inspired you to become a hairdresser and how did you get et your start in the industry? My grandmother did hair. She started doing hair at 13 and didn’t stop until she was 91 years old. She definitely was my inspiration. I started off by doing my mother’s hair and her as church friends’ hair when I was 12 years old. By the time I was in high school, I had my own clients and a little salon set up in my basement.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty LaunchPad - March 2013

Beauty LaunchPad - March 2013
Log On
Editor’s Notebook
On The Cover
Runway Report
Hollywood Report
Salon of the Month
Head of the Class
Giving Back
Mood Board
La Vie en Rose
Free Launch
Quick Tips
Social Network
Advertiser Index
World View

Beauty LaunchPad - March 2013