Beauty Launchpad Magazine

JUN 2016

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Editor's Notebook The world's fi rst product model with Down syndrome underscores once again how inclusive the professional beauty industry can be. The Best ARMANDO SANCHEZ I t was a revolution when Dove started their Campaign for Real Beauty just over a decade ago. It showed women as women—not as sex objects or unattainable, ageless beauties. Curves were celebrated. Wrinkles were revered. It truly started a conversation that has changed perceptions for the better. And then along came Beauty & Pin-Ups. Taking what could be considered demeaning—showing stunning, somewhat scantily clad women in suggestive poses on their packaging—Beauty & Pin-Ups instead celebrates the idea that every woman is pinup-worthy. And although that is a worthwhile message, that all women should feel beautiful, where it really gets interesting is with their latest pinup model: Katie Meade. Meade has Down syndrome. Despite undergoing multiple surgeries before the age of 3, she joined the Special Olympics at 8. She later became a Global Ambassador and even introduced U2's Bono to the stage at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin. After high school, she joined Best Buddies International, which you can read more about in Giving Back on page 42. And now she's the pinup model for Beauty & Pin-Ups Fearless Hair Mask. I fi nd it heartening that the world's fi rst Down syndrome model made her debut in the professional beauty world. News outlets all over the planet are reporting on the story: People declared, "She's the type of inspiration the beauty world has been missing." Cosmopolitan enthused, "Pretty much the most wonderful thing ever." And The Huffi ngton Post said that Meade is "shattering boundaries for people with disabilities." Of course, none of this is really news to you, the stylist, who daily practices and preaches inclusive beauty, who makes every person who sits in your chair feel like a model, a pinup, a superstar. But isn't it wonderful to know that it's your industry that is the fi rst to take on the challenge of really being inclusive in what defi nes beauty and women? We're making some serious strides here, and I'm so excited to see what the future holds for all of us. AMY DODDS, Executive Editor 20 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | JUNE 2016 I was honored to meet with Katie Meade at America's Beauty Show in March. She spoke before a rapt audience with courage—she was, naturally, fearless. Meade truly is an inspiration. SALON COLOR & CARE FROM THE FOUNDER OF O . P . I CLINICALLY PROVEN VISIBLY REDUCES SPLIT ENDS BY 88% ** REPAIR COLLECTION **Split Ends Mend visibly reduces split ends by 88% by binding split ends back together.

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