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Meet Trailblazer Monique Abrams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monique Abrams.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Monique. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am Hairstylist and Makeup Artist now located in the Los Angeles area. My love for beauty began at the age of 10. Growing up a very shy kid, hair was a way to break out of my shell. I practiced on whomever I could. At 16, I pursued Cosmetology School, where I found my love for creative hairstyling. Furthering my education at Old Dominion University, I studied Theatre Design where I assisted and/or designed looks for shows. This was the moment I began to learn Avant-Garde makeup. It opened my mind in a realm of beauty I knew was meant for me to learn. In 2017, I moved to Los Angeles to follow my dream professionally. I have since trained at Chic Studios LA (2017) and Michael Vincent Academy (2018) to further my skills in Makeup and Hair. I have incorporated all the material I learned from Theatre, Editorial, Bridal, Avant-Garde, etc to create my own aesthetic. I have worked with fashion shows, short films, events, and created various photoshoots. Redefining the word “beauty” is what ignites me as I continue to follow my passion in this growing industry.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a bumpy road, but so worth it. One piece of advice I would say is to take as many opportunities as you can be paid not. Experience is most important because you can learn various techniques, products, and network. I work full-time and work events and photo shoots in my free-time. Doing all this you have to prepare! Constantly stay on top of the newest trends, techniques, and artists in the industry. Subscribe to a Magazine, watch fashion weeks, etc. There are so many ways to learn. For the arts, Networking/Content is going to be your way to get booked. Post as much as you can! These can be looks on yourself or someone else. I always keep business cards on hand too. I have networked with people at the time I least expect it and being prepared created some lasting business relationships. Lastly, HAVE FUN!!!

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
In Makeup Artistry, I specialize in Editorial, Avant-Garde, Bridal, and Beauty. In Hairstyling, I specialize in Creative Styling, Haircutting (men&women), and Bridal. I am most proud of staying true to my creativity and the people I have met along the way to create my portfolio. I believe what sets me apart from others is my Theatre background. I learned to create head-to-toe looks from scratch. I use this same method when creating my photoshoots.

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
I believe that when it comes to the beauty industry, is based on skill level. I am very happy that it is because it accepts all ages, genders, races, etc. Beauty Industry does present many opportunities for women. As a proud African- American, I believe that social media is opening more doors for more brown and dark skin women an opportunity to be seen and make a difference. More makeup brands are becoming aware of our many shade ranges. Seeing more influencers with melanin features helps more women accept themselves.

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: @moniquebriannamakeup_

Image Credit:
Photographers: Katyana De Campos, Dawit N.M., Ty Pierce, Renae Wootson, Clothing: Haus of Giobbi, Stylists: Kim Krem, Kala, Models: Erica Whitfield, Shar’ell Davis, Nea Dune, Lora Levison

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