It’s a tough economy and we can all use a little boost. And a boost to the spirit — helped by a new ‘do — is sometimes just as important.
That’s why Kimora Lee Simmons and Byu-ti Hair Therapy Salon in Los Angeles got together to give 50 recent graduates from the nonprofit Dress for Success program new looks to go with their new outlook on life and career.
Natasha Sunshine, owner of Byu-ti, together with her talented staff (who have trimmed the tresses of such clients as Molly Sims and Ivanka Trump), created hairstyles to complement the women’s new professional outfits. “Looking your best can be an asset on an interview because when you look great, you radiate confidence making you more attractive to others,” said Sunshine. Each stylist took the time to educate the women on how to replicate their new look at home before a job interview.
Lee Simmons, CEO of Phat Fashions, shared a word of encouragement to the women, doling out advice and support. Though best known for her fashion ventures and modeling work, the Korean-Japanese-African American is no stranger to charitable causes. In addition to being on numerous nonprofit boards, she established the Kimora Lee Simmons Scholarship Fund at her old high school in St. Louis to provide college tuition support to academically successful girls in financial need.
Founded in 1997, Dress for Success aids disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The nonprofit also has employment retention programs that provide women with ongoing support as they transition into the workforce.
Photos courtesy of The Style Network.