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Karlie Kloss received
“haircut of the
making the chop.
The image that
launched a thousand
Obama’s new ’do.
The Brains Behind the Bangs
Beauty Launchpad talks to Michelle Obama’s hairdresser, Johnny Wright,
to get the dish on what it means to be the First Stylist.
We’re not even halfway through 2013, but we’re
already certain that it’s the year of the bang.
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
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BETTIE PAGE, 1952
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
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
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
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
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
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty LaunchPad - March 2013
Beauty LaunchPad - March 2013
On The Cover
Salon of the Month
Head of the Class
La Vie en Rose
Beauty LaunchPad - March 2013