Written by | Ray Cornelius
Some of the most iconic names in African-American hair and beauty were honored Sunday night at Atlanta’s Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show. The event took place at Georgia World Congress Center and was hosted by television and beauty personality Miss Lawrence.
Makeup artist to the stars Sam Fine, Oprah Winfrey’s stylist of 25 years Andre Walker, Beyoncé’s stylist Neal Farinah, Kerry Washington’s stylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew and First Lady Michelle Obama’s stylist Johnny Wright, were all recognized for their numerous contributions to the world of hair, beauty, and fashion. Each honoree was given an opportunity to showcase their work through a video presentation or live demonstration with models.
Andre Walker posing with his models for recreation of UPSCALE February cover
The highlight of the evening was Walker’s recreation of his February cover of UPSCALE magazine. It features the him along with three gorgeous models who he personally styled. He also invited a few of his industry friends to help out including acclaimed photographer Glenford Nunez.
Sam Fine with model Gina Marie
Sam Fine also wowed with the audience with his live makeup demonstration featuring longtime model and friend Gina Marie. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry such as Janet Jackson, Tyra Banks, Vanessa Williams, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Naomi Campbell, and Jennifer Hudson.
Last night’s event also featured a musical performance from Bravo TV star Brooklyn Tankard along with appearances from “Cutting It in the ATL” star Maja Sly and world renowned book author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Les Brown. Atlanta notables spotted in the crowd and backstage included reality stars Dwight Eubanks and Lisa Nicole Cloud.
Check out more exciting photos below:
TAKISHA STURDIVANT DREW
Andre Walker Group shot
Miss Lawrence, Neal Farinah, James Bronner and Andre Walker
Andre Walker with Lisa Nicole Cloud
A Lady Named Pearl rocking voluptuous curls
Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com and Glenford Nunez