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A Casual Sit-down With Michelle Obama's Esthetician

Posted: March 5, 2013
JoElle Lyons-Lee, esthetician for Michelle Obama

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Really? Why do you say that?

Many girls are taking esthetics for two reasons. Someone has said that they can make money after taking the class for a short time or their parents have said, “You’re not going to college, so find a trade to support yourself.” But it’s not their passion. Every now and then I’ll meet a passionate esthetician. And I’ll know because she has been learning her craft!

Wow, this is interesting.

Listen, everyone who is passionate has a story about how they got to a certain point. You knew what you wanted to do, no second guessing. When I was teaching I graduated abou10t  girls. Only one is still involved in esthetics. One! Because here’s what they find out, “OMG, I’m going to have to do something to get clients?” And then, “OMG, I’ve got to do something to keep them?

Yes the level of service is definitely an issue. I have six African-American attorneys who moved to DC when the President was elected, and they still come back to me for their facials. I didn’t understand why at first because DC has major five star hotels, and it’s such a diverse town. But ethnic skin knowledge is rare.

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