2012 STARS Hair, Nails, Make-up & Fashion PHOTO COMPETITION


Presented by Cosmetologists Chicago and America’s Beauty Show

Calling All Hairstylists, Nail Technicians and Students to Show Your Creativity & Win Big! Cosmetologists Chicago (CC) America’s Beauty Show (ABS) announce the STARS 2012 Hair, Nails, Make-up & Fashion PHOTO COMPETITIONS for Salon Professionals & Students. Cosmetologists Chicago and its more than 7,500 salon and spa professional members, enthusiastically invites all licensed cosmetologists to participate in the 12th annual competition. The deadline for entries is January 27, 2012.

Up for grabs, $2,500 in cash awards plus advanced education and industry recognition. Our own industry celebrity, Luis Alvarez of Aquage will judge the STARS entries.

Entrants can choose from three fashion categories, including:
            • Red Carpet Glamour
            • Urban Edge/Street Fashion
            • Salon Style Make-Over
The valuable prizes for each category are:
·       One $500 cash prize for the winner or team PLUS
·       One free admission to a 2012 Chicago Aquage Academy (value $550)
·       Recognition by Cosmetologists Chicago at America’s Beauty Show

Cosmetologists Chicago Introduces the Leo Passage Gold Trophy

Chicago has given the salon industry many famous people, companies and organizations, including Cosmetologists Chicago, celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2012. One of the most remarkable people to make Chicago his home was Leo Passage, a hair designer, educator, champion hairdressing competitor, loyal CC member and entrepreneur. Leo founded Pivot Point International, a world leader in cosmetology education, in Chicago 50 years ago in 1962.

To memorialize his contributions to Cosmetologists Chicago and the entire salon industry, CC will present an annual “Leo Passage Gold Trophy” to the top cumulative point-winner in the association’s Stars Photo Competition.

Crafted after the prestigious Original Gold Trophy that Cosmetologists Chicago awarded for many years at its Midwest Beauty Show® (now America’s Beauty Show), the Leo Passage Gold Trophy will be engraved with each year’s winning name and be displayed at Pivot Point’s world headquarters and Academy campus in Evanston, IL. Each Leo Passage Gold Trophy recipient will receive a replica of the permanent trophy along with a cash award of $1,000, plus a lifetime membership to Cosmetologists Chicago.

The STARS photo competition encourages talent and creativity among hairstylists; nail technicians; make-up artists and students in both technical execution and fashion awareness along with photo expertise. Entries are artistic yet “real” and show salon creativity by requiring both before and after photos of a model and/or client, as well as red carpet and street fashion. Submit your entry by January 27, 2012 by downloading the application at www.AmericasBeautyShow.com or by calling 800.648.2505 (separate rules for Nail Techs & Students are online).

For 86-years, America’s Beauty Show, has been the event tens of thousands of salon professionals attend each spring for the latest education and exhibits of the newest fashions, products and business techniques that make salons and spas successful.

America’s Beauty Show is owned and organized by salon and spa professional members of Cosmetologists Chicago. Cosmetologists Chicago protects, builds and drives the salon industry by monitoring and lobbying for professional licenses while providing advanced education and scholarships. It is also their mission to give back to our industry by educating all pros, members and non-members alike, and improving the cosmetology profession by helping those in need and producing the all-industry America’s Beauty Show.

Save the Date! America’s Beauty Show will be held March 3-5, 2012 at McCormick Place West in downtown Chicago. Visit www.AmericasBeautyShow.com for more information on the show or call 1(312) 321-6809.

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