Tippi Hedren, accomplished actress, former model and humanitarian, is credited for pioneering the Vietnamese-American Nail Professional movement in the U.S. in the 1970’s. She has committed herself to the education and empowerment of women by helping them find work within the nail industry over the last three decades. Her contribution to this group of professionals has propelled the Vietnamese-American Nail Industry to new heights, which today accounts for 50% of the total U.S. industry. Vietnamese-Americans now dominate the multi-billion dollar nail salon business in North America.
“Helping young Vietnamese women empower themselves during what was a difficult time brought great joy to my life,” said Tippi Hedren. She added, “I am honored to accept this award and to lend my name to the BCL CND scholarship fund as I know it will bring new opportunities to many young women and men aspiring to join the nail profession.”
The Legacy of Style Award was presented to Tippi Hedren by Lynelle Lynch, President of Beauty Changes Lives; and Jan Arnold, Co-founder of CND.
“It is such a delight to honor Tippi Hedren’s life-long commitment to the education and empowerment of women in the nail community,” says Jan Arnold, Co-founder of CND. “Tippi has been, and continues to be, an inspiration to women around the world; her contributions to the nail profession will live long thanks to her namesake scholarship,” adds Arnold.
Kieu-Chinh, Vietnamese actress and philanthropist, and Tam Nguyen, President of Advance Beauty College, also took a moment to honor Tippi before she was presented with the award. Kieu-Chinh credits Tippi with saving her life and the lives of many Vietnamese refugees.
“The Vietnamese people came to America to seek a better life and to contribute back, in thanks, as hard working and entrepreneurial, productive members of the American society,” concluded Ms. Hedren. “They never wanted to be a burden on the USA – their goal was to become successful American citizens,” she added.
Jan Arnold also launched the BCL CND Tippi Hedren Nail Scholarship Fund, which will commence in 2014. The scholarship was created in partnership with BCL and CND to elevate, educate and expose the nail profession as a rich and rewarding career. CND, on behalf of the company and its Vietnamese partner distributors, presented a donation of $184,000 to Beauty Changes Lives, which will benefit individuals enrolling in nail programs at schools who are members of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS).
“We are extremely grateful to Jan Arnold, CND and their committed partners for the significant scholarship gift, for enabling BCL to elevate the Nail Professional career and for honoring Tippi Hedren whose passion for the Vietnamese community created a vibrant industry.” said Lynelle Lynch, President of Beauty Changes Lives.
Guests included actresses Kieu-Chinh and Rena Sofer, as well as various tastemakers/beauty industry influencers. Thuan Le, one of the “Original 20” Vietnamese refugees that worked with Tippi Hedren also attended the event, as did many of the Vietnamese donors that contributed to the BCL CND Tippi Hedren Nail Scholarship Fund. Tippi Hedren, Kieu-Chinh and other guests donned authentic Vietnamese gowns in show of respect for the Vietnamese community.
Founded in 1979 and based in Vista, CA, CND (Creative Nail Design, Inc.) is the global leader in professional nail, hand and foot beauty – including CND Shellac™, the Original Power Polish™. Deeply committed to advancing the nail care industry, CND devotes significant time and resources to product research and development, education, and customer support. CND is an industry-leading advocate for the role of nail care in personal beauty and fashion.
About Beauty Changes Lives
The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation is a non-profit organization created by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) to build awareness of the extraordinary career opportunities available in the beauty and wellness industry and award scholarships to individuals pursuing careers in hair, skin, nails, barbering and massage therapy. The Foundation also organizes and participates in numerous philanthropic fundraisers that shine the spotlight on the charitable initiatives of the beauty and wellness community.