Article by Peyton Holland, Executive Director, Skills USA, NC
On October 24, 2015, 57 North Carolina Community College students competed in the 2nd Annual Fantasy Hair and Makeup and Total Evening Elegance Contests at the North Carolina State Fair. Seven Community Colleges were represented as students demonstrated their skill and creativity in these two contests.
During the Fantasy Hair and Makeup Contest, students were tasked with creating unique designs and fantasy concepts on live models. Students were judged on the overall creativity, makeup application, hair design, costuming, and the use of props and prosthetics. There were designs inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the Walking Dead, changing seasons, the medieval period and more.
Student competing in the Total Evening Elegance Contest had the challenge of creating an elegant hairstyle and makeup scheme to a cosmetic mannequin. The hairstylists exhibited exquisite detail and intricacy in their designs. The styles students created could go from the red carpet to a state dinner at the White House.
It was a very close contest and judges had a difficult time determining the top 5 in each of the two categories. However, the winners were determined and over $1,000 worth of hair and make-up equipment was given out along with $660 in cash prizes.
Total Evening Elegance
1st – Teleisha Benjamin – Guilford Tech CC
2nd – Allison Price – Wake Tech CC
3rd – Kimberly Bowes – Piedmont CC
4th – Kiamesha Alston – Vance-Granville CC
5th – Madeline Erdner – Piedmont CC
Fantasy Hair & Makeup
1st – Oliver Hernandez – Guilford Tech CC
2nd – Tamara Cozart – Vance-Granville CC
3rd – Emily Hopkins – Carteret CC
4th – Kierra Richardson – Vance-Granville CC
5th – Avery McBee – Carteret CC
Participants came from Carteret Community College, Craven Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, Piedmont Community College, Southeastern Community College, Vance-Granville Community College, and Wake Technical Community College.
SkillsUSA (formerly known as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America or V.I.C.A.) is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. SkillsUSA has more than 360,000 students and instructors as members nationwide.
For more information, visit www.SkillsUSAnc.org.
Top Photo: Kimberly Bowes (right) took third place in the Total Evening Elegance competition while Madeline Erdner (left) earned fifth place for Piedmont Community College
Bottom Photo: Sarah Smith (right), with Model Brittany Buchanan, completed in the Fantasy Hair and Makeup category.