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Nikki Payton
"I first started competing approximately five years ago, when Allie
(Baker) asked me join her in Perfect Match," says Nikki Payton. Since
then, the Medford, Oregon-based pro hasn't looked back-though
time's not always on her side. Intervals between competitions are her
toughest challenge, yet that didn't stop the 11-year industry veteran
from crafting Extreme Stiletto designs in Las Vegas or Witch Queen
creations in Fantasy Nail Art, her favorite of this year's competitions.

"I live in Oregon, which means I love
to hunt and fish and be outside,
but I love glitter, too!"

In Memory of Amanda
For the past year, competitor Amanda
Lenher fought bravely against
cervical cancer. On August 10, the
Vail, Arizona-based tech lost her
battle at the age of 38. In a recent
interview with NAILPRO, she said,
"My EzFlow family-and the nail
industry at large-have overwhelmed
me with their outpouring of love and
kindness." Here, teammates and
friends remember Lenher's warm
personality and competitive spirit.

PHOTOS: COURTESY OF ALLIE BAKER; COURTESY OF DENNISE MASON; JASON BENNETT

"One of my favorite things about Amanda was how welcoming
and friendly she was. I vacationed in Las Vegas last summer
with my parents and boyfriend, and Amanda was so excited
to meet up with us. She was a great guide [to the city] and it
was so much fun to spend time with her without the stress of
competition. I will miss her always." -Nikki Payton
"Amanda and I hit it off the minute we met, and she was one
of my biggest cheerleaders in the competition arena. During
the 2015/16 competition year, Amanda made a deal with me:
If I made it to Veteran level before the end of the season, she
would pay for a tattoo for me from her favorite artist in Las
Vegas. I made it to Veteran at Premiere Orlando and I now
have an amazing tattoo-and a fabulous memory that will live
with me forever." -Jarrett Baker
"Whenever I was with Amanda, she had a way of bringing out
the best in you because she always gave her best. She worked
hard, played hard, loved hard and laughed hard. She also
fought hard. It's going to be hard [for me] to never see her
again." -Brenda Skermont
"Amanda always wanted to learn and challenge herself. She
visited me twice in Oregon for training and we had such
a great time together. We discovered we both loved 'junk'

shopping and we spent a day at antique stores. She helped
me pick out some items to redecorate part of the salon and I
love the results. The nail world won't be the same without her.
I will miss her smiling face, her outgoing personality and her
hugs." -Allie Baker
"When I first met Amanda three years ago, I thought, 'Oh my
goodness, she is so happy and energetic!' As a competitor,
she was an important part of the EzFlow team. She gave us
all she had and she was never afraid to try new things. Plus,
she loved her Bling-and it showed: Last year she won the
Schwarzkopf Crystal Award. This team is a close-knit family
and we have a void in our heart now. - Dennise Mason,
American International Industries
"I witnessed Amanda work with a few teams before she
joined Team EzFlow and she was always very welcoming
and nurturing to fellow and new team mates. She would
be the first to give you a hello hug. This gal never gave
up, whether she was competing in a nail competition or
fighting cancer. I was truly stunned to receive the news
[of her passing]. The competition arena will be a little
quieter this year and I know everyone will be feeling the
loss of a special friend. -Rhonda Kibuk, NAILPRO
Competitions floor sage

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