2017 State Fair Cosmetology Contest
by Peyton Holland, Executive Director, Skills USA, NC

RALEIGH, NC – On October 21, 2017, 50 North Carolinian Community College students competed in the 2nd Annual Fantasy Hair and Makeup and Total Evening Elegance Contests at the North Carolina State Fair. Six Community Colleges and one High School 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 $600 in cash prizes.
Fantasy Hair & Makeup Winners
Fantasy Hair & Makeup
1st – Mikal Guthrie – Carteret Community College
2nd – Leighanna Collins– Guilford Technical Community College
3rd – Emma Earley – Wake Technical Community College
4th – Lillian Johnson – Guilford Technical Community College
5th – Tori Clayton – Piedmont Community College, Person County Campus (on left with model Tiffany Blackard)

Total Evening Elegance Winners
Total Evening Elegance
1st – Reesha Hillard-Lopez – Carteret Community College
2nd – Courtney Conway – Piedmont Community College, Person County Campus (4th from left)
3rd – Elizabeth Albright – Piedmont Community College, Person County Campus (3rd from left)
4th – Kasi Jefferson – Piedmont Community College, Caswell County Campus (2nd from left)
5th – Asa Mininall – Guilford Technical Community College

Participants came from Alamance Community College, Carteret Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, Piedmont Community College, Wake Technical Community College, and Vernon Malone College & Career Academy.

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 390,000 students and instructors as members nationwide.

For more information, visit www.SkillsUSAnc.org or SkillsUSA.org.

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