GlossaryLive Life on the Free Edge Dafne Fernandez

Dafne Fernandez

Dafne Fernandez

Experience the passion and dedication of Dafne Fernandez, a seasoned competitor, global trainer, and the visionary founder of Stanzy Beauty, as she shares her inspiring journey with Alex Fox. In this captivating interview, Dafne reveals her heartfelt motivation for bringing Nailympia, a prestigious global nail competition celebrating its 20th anniversary, to Mexico.

Discover the driving force behind Dafne's decision to organize and host Nailympia Mexico for the third time in July 2024. Hear her heartfelt commitment to her craft, her country, and her people as she articulates her desire to provide the same opportunities she has experienced to aspiring nail artists in Mexico.

Join Dafne Fernandez and Alex Fox as they delve into the passion and purpose behind Nailympia Mexico, a groundbreaking event that promises to elevate the nail industry in Mexico to new heights. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to witness firsthand the power of determination and the transformative impact of pursuing one's dreams. Watch now and be inspired to chase your own aspirations!

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GlossaryLive Life on the Free Edge Kimi Change

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Kimi Chang

Kimi Chang is the CEO of Shanghai Chiyan Abrasives Co and the host of the first Nailympia China to be held in August 2024 in Hangzhou. Not a typical abrasives company – the team at Chiyan is all about bringing a modern twist to everything it produces. From production and research to development, sales, and service, Chiyan is proud to work from one of the coolest native factories around, specializing in crafting top-quality products like sanding bands, carbide bits, ceramic bits, diamond bits, sanding caps, and more! Talking to Alex Fox in Shanghai, Kimi Chang explains the company’s direction, vision and dedication to quality and expanding its relationships around the global nail industry.
Due to limited space for subtitles, here's a better idea of the mission that Kimi Chang is putting in motion to establish strong business relations with China and other countries worldwide across the nail industry.
``The nail industry in China is not as competent as it could be. There is no consistent standard. Every company has their own standard, but no standard as a country, as a whole. The nail techs who use the products don’t understand the products well enough, they don’t know how the products work, when they choose products, they choose from price only. There is little to no professionalism.
``There is no company who is willing to take up the responsibility. So I wish for my company to step in and help to raise the standards. I want to do this job, I want to standardise the nail industry in China so it progresses well.
``I know it’s not easy to do and there will be lots of work behind it, but I hope my company will connect Western nail techs with Chinese nails techs and together they can work towards progress.
``So we can do this systematically, and agree consistently. So we can work from the top to the bottom and from the bottom to the top, right across the industry.
``At Nailymnpia Germany 2023 I got to experience the competition floor firsthand. I saw the concentration on the competition floor and the artistic mentality of each competitor. Then, after they got their recognition from the judges and being placed, I felt their excitement, happiness and honour. These feelings are what I want to bring to China for the Chinese nail techs. Because there is nothing similar in China, there is no ‘sense of value of identity’. Nail techs work very hard for their craft and they are never recognised for their hard work. They are considered as innovators and artists, but their hard work is always undervalued.
``When I saw all the emotions on the competition arena, I wanted to bring those emotions to China. I want to give them a place to show off what they can do and get the judges, the world's best nail artists around the globe, to approve and recognise their work. Most people don’t know how much work goes into making a set of nails. It can take 4-5 hours for a set of perfect nails. So I want to create a platform for them, for everyone to be involved.
``The whole world can benefit from one standard competition - from Nailympia. Every country around the globe can be involved and show off their specific skills and craft.
There is no one who is the best, every country has their nail industry to showcase to the world. Beauty is different from country to country - in every culture. The Chinese want to show the rest of the world what beautiful nails Chinese nail artists can create.
Thank you very much for your ‘appearance’ in our lives Alex Fox and the persistence and drive you have for Nailympia.``

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GlossaryLive Life on the Free Edge Alex Fox

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Alex Fox

Alex Fox, a journalist since 1993, began her career in photographic journalism. In 1998 she transitioned to the beauty world, working on the first UK trade nail magazine, Nails Plus. In 2003, Alex co-founded Scratch magazine, the UK's only trade title for nail professionals. During her role as editor, she introduced the first consumer nail title, Gloss, and expanded into the Middle East market with Scratch Middle East in 2014. In August 2021, Alex retired as the editor-in-chief at Scratch to focus on other nail industry projects including the launch of Glossarylive.com, alongside Nailympia Competitions as its global competition director. Alex's contributions to the industry include co-founding the Scratch Stars Awards in 2012 and has collaborated with industry professionals to create Nail Safari, a unique annual five-day education event. Currently sitting on the volunteer board of the UK's Federation of Nail Professionals (FNP), Alex remains dedicated to raising standards and celebrating global nail artists through her editorial role on GlossaryLive.com.

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GlossaryLive Life on the Free Edge Eve Tran

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Eve Tran

World-renowned nail designer, international educator, judge, world nail champion, 1st German champion and product developer, Eve Tran has been honing her nail skills for over 18 years.
Settling in Germany in 2001, Eve was introduced to the nail profession by chance through a relative, then decided to pursue a career path in nails. Connecting with nail experts in order to gain the training she required proved difficult, but she remained resilient, kept focused and her name became well-known after she had won many professional industry competitions. Now running a successful nail academy in Leipzig, Germany with her husband, David Richter, Eve reveals her latest project to Glossarylive.com.

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GlossaryLive Life on the Free Edge Lindsey Karnopp

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Lindsey Karnopp

Z Karnopp is no stranger to the nail industry. This southern California-based commercial photographer has been working in nails for over 10 years and has photographed more than 100 product & editorial campaigns where nails and nail products were the focus. Her keen eye for detail and passion for art has made her an expert in hand and nail focused photography and recently filmed a MasterClass at GlossaryLive.com reveiling her secrets for acheiving perfect lighting on a budget for portfolio and social media images. Learn how she got started and embrace her advice for nail technicians wanting to grow awareness for their personal brand.

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GlossaryLive Life on the Free Edge Kupa Debut In Japan

Kupa Debuts In Japan

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Kupa Debuts In Japan

Kupa is no stranger to the global nail market, however, the brand is really feeling the love as it moves into the Japanese market for the first time. After introducing its efile brand, and more specifcally, its new Passport Hana e-file at Beauty World Japan, it's been all the rage across the country. A brand committed to education, Kupa enters this highly skilled market with Hirofumi Matsugi at the helm. Alex Fox talks shop with HIro, a 20-year veteran in the Japan nail and beauty market, about what Kupa is doing in Japan to win the approval of award-winning schools and salons across the nation and what sets the Kupa brand aside from others.

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GlossaryLive Life on the Free Edge Hazel Dixon

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Hazel Dixon

Learn more about Hazel Dixon, founder & director of the Hazel Dixon Nail Artist Academy, HDTV & the HD Professional nail brand. Leading a team of nationwide educators, a distribution & working in the salon once a week, Hazel lives & breathes the nail industry. From her premises nestled in Norfolk, UK, Hazel strives to build, create & deliver top-class education material that is up-to-date, in-depth & reflects every facet of skill required to work in the nail industry. Multi-award winning, Hazel is an international industry pioneer, artist, educator expert & mentor.

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GlossaryLive Life on the Free Edge Jacqui & Sean O'Sullivan

Jacqui & Sean O’Sullivan

Jacqui & Sean O'Sullivan

With over 30 years nail experience under her belt, there is barely an area of the nail industry that Jacqui O'Sullivan has not worked in. Always championing education & skills. alongside her husband Sean, this dynamic couple is on a mission to uplift, inspire, motivate and guide the youth training in nails towards industry betterment. With this mantra in her mind, ``The capacity to learn is a gift, the ability to learn is a skill and the willingness to learn is a choice``, Jacqui, through her roles as a nail lecturer at Stockport College UK, running the nail skills side of World Skills UK, as a columnist, competition director, international judge & all round industry expert, is a leading light for the UK nail industry as she tempers a path of education & clear direction for the young people starting out in their nail career.

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Nail Safari

Nail Safari

Take a closer look at The Nail Safari, an annual 5-day education event hosted for nail professioanls at a zoo in the UK.

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GlossaryLive Life on the Free Edge Lauren Wireman

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Lauren Wireman

Lauren Wireman is a nail competition winner, international judge, curriculum developer, and owner of Wildflowers Nail Academy. She is one of the most sought-after international nail educators and product developers in the industry. She’s known for her down-to-earth and quirky personality, and fun designs. Lauren's journey to becoming a nail industry force, has been peppered with obstacles and challenges, from becoming homeless at 21 while struggling with panic attacks and depression to finding a positive pathway through support and her love of God. Today, married to a pastor in Georgia, with three adopted daughters and a successful global business, Lauren is a passionate advocate of the power of nails!

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