Former Essence beauty editor Corynne Corbett is striving to reshape the face of beauty. By launching Beauty BizCamp, a non-profit program that educates young girls (ages 12-18) about decision-making in beauty careers and encourages racial diversity, Corbett hopes to inspire the next generation to help companies accurately reflect real people.
“The beauty industry is challenged because there is not enough representation at the [decision-making] table,” she tells Fashionista. “Instead of complaining about it, I need people to do something about it. They say we can’t find the people [to fill those jobs], so then let’s equip people to do the jobs.”
Tapping beauty leaders such as Lisa Price (Carol’s Daughter) and Yesenia Almonte (Seventeen) as instructors, Corbett is kicking off one of the first summer sessions in NYC on July 22. The three-week camp is pricey, but at least 10 scholarships are being offered.
So what will these young women take away from this experience?
“This might not be the career for the [girls who come to camp], but the whole notion of being beautiful for themselves and to understand they have power by saying what [they think] is beautiful, is important.”