Humble and loyal are the best words that describe Jackie Mgido, a Zimbabwean make-up and hairstylist based in Hollywood.
Report by Simbarashe Manhango
She has done make-up for famous celebrities in Hollywood including John Legend, LL Cool J, Ne-Yo and Wiz Khalifa, among others.
StandardLife&Style caught up with her for an exciting outing in Mbare, where she did a random pick of two women from the huge market place for make-up at Princess Hair Salon.
She chose the Mbare salon, owned by Sabina Simbotwe, for the impromptu make-up because she believes in assisting female entrepreneurs.
“We are here in Mbare at this particular salon because Sabina needs help to make her business grow bigger,” said Mgido.
“We want to show all the women out there the importance of helping one another. So in a year’s time, we are going to make this salon bigger and perfect.
“I am going back to the US and make sure that I source capital for equipment and also improve on marketing the place via various social networks.
“I will be coming back in the country in November to put all plans to action. I want to assist her market the salon, because that is what matters most.”
Mbare residents gathered around the salon to get a glimpse of the rare spectacle of a beautician from Hollywood picking strangers and doing her job.
The salon owner was grateful for the beauty therapist’s wish to assist in developing the place.
“I am grateful and honoured for what Jackie has done today. At first I was a bit worried as I was not aware of whom she was but this is the beginning of a worthy partnership that can take us to another level,” said Simbotwe.
“I encourage women from all walks of life to always assist each other so that they can make it in business.”
Jackie came into the country a fortnight ago and launched the Vault Cosmetics — a new range of beauty products that have made her a household name in the United States.
She has been a make-up artist for the past 15 years and her journey to achieve her goal began with a move to St Louis.
realising that she could not make a mark in that city, she moved to Washington DC and enrolled at a prestigious make-up school in Hollywood.
After graduating, Mgido continued to hone her skills until she attracted some of Hollywood’s elites to be her clients.
“There is need to take up hairstyling and make-up artistry professionally to change the outlook of women and enhance new features,”she said.