Candy Shaw, the world’s foremost authority on French Cutting and Balayage Highlighting, and the founder of Sunlights Balayage — the makers and purveyors of the world’s leading balayage products and education, has been named North America’s ‘Personality of the Year’ by Intercoiffure Mondial in Paris. Founded more than a century ago and now headquartered in France, Intercoiffure is the world’s most prestigious salon organization. Shaw was presented the coveted Award at a black tie ceremony at New York’s Hilton Hotel in Times Square in October at Intercoiffure America/Canada’s Fall Atelier. The award is one of the highest international honors bestowed by the organization.
Called one of the ‘most powerful and influential women in the professional beauty industry’ by American Salon and described as “truly the face of our industry – highlighting all that is good about the salon community” by Modern Salon, Shaw will celebrate her 40th year in the industry next year.
In addition to receiving the award, as the outgoing New Member Chair of the organization, Shaw got to welcome thirty-seven new members at the ‘pinning’ ceremony.
Lastly, alongside Frank Gambuzza, the organization’s outgoing President, Candy got to present the Fabio Sementilli Spirit Award to Bella Sementilli, Fabio’s daughter.
“It was a tremendous honor to be named ‘Personality of the Year’ by Mondial,” said Candy. “I am humbled beyond words to have been recognized by an organization I hold in such high regard! I was also moved beyond words to have been able to present Fabio’s daughter with a partial scholarship to beauty school. Fabio was my friend, and he was a friend to Intercoiffure. It was the least we could do as an organization to see that his legacy lives on,” said Candy.
Shaw was nominated by Intercoiffure and recently appointed to the Board of the non-profit ‘Beauty Changes Lives’, with the goal of encouraging young people to pursue careers in cosmetology. “The greatest industry of all!” remarked Shaw.
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