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One of the true delights of being a beauty editor is learning about the workings of the beauty industry—from fragrance development to retail sales. It’s a great industry to work in and one that most young women don’t know even exists.
That’s all about to change with the launch of Beauty BizCamp this month. The brainchild of Corynne Corbett, the former beauty director of Essence magazine and all-around beauty pro, Beauty BizCamp is a non-profit organization that exposes teens, age 12 to 18, to the wonders of beauty industry careers.
“The jobs that exist within the industry are a mystery to most. I want to start exposing teenagers early so they are aware of the various career options and can prepare themselves to succeed within the beauty industry,” stated Corbett.
Starting July 22, Beauty BizCamp will conduct week-long sessions that give teens a behind-the-scenes look at product development, marketing, trends, and even editorial coverage of makeup, fragrance, and hair care. The summer 2013 sessions are:
Session 1 (July 22 – July 26): Behind the Beauty – An exploration of various beauty careers, including fragrance development, hairstyling, beauty editorial, blogging, and social media.
Session 2 (July29 – August 2): Behind the Products – A closer look at how beauty products are created, from the initial concept and research to marketing and promotion.
Session 3 (August 5 – August 9): Behind the Glam – An in-depth look at the evolution of hair, makeup, and beauty trends, and how innovative looks are created for the runway, celebrities, and magazines.
All of the sessions will be taught by beauty insiders, including Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter; Patricia Reynoso, editor of Glam Belleza Latina, a new Conde Nast publication, Tai Beauchamp, founder of marketing and communications firm The BluePrint Group, and Yesenia Almonte, beauty director of Seventeen magazine.
Beauy BizCamp founder and instructors are all committed to mentoring a new generation of beauty leaders. “I love the beauty industry and it has been a vehicle through which I have been able to empower women inside and out,” Corbett stated. “And one of the most important aspects of this camp is that I want young women to know their own power to change the face of beauty. When you have a seat at the table, you can impact the beauty conversation.”
Beauty BizCamp is accepting applications from female students, 12 to 18 years old, with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Each week-long session costs $1,000, but the good news is that scholarships are available for under-served teens, who can’t afford the fee. For more information and an application, go to beautybizcamp.com.