Considering that I'm the only person who's worked on every, single one of our beauty awards, to say our fourth annual awards mean a lot to me is a total understatement. And talk about the pressure: What do I do to make this one different? What girl(s) do I feature? Which products are going to win?!
I started with the concept first: I was inspired by school superlatives (I won "Most Unique" back in my day), yearbooks, prom queens, and all things teen dreams. I also wanted to celebrate girls with different shapes, skin tones, personalities, and careers, so I reached out to some of my friends, who just so happen to be some of the coolest people we know: Steak (a.k.a., Rachael Finley), Tallulah Willis, Niki Takesh, Lanna Lyon, and Jordan Rebello. So, NYLON photo director Beth Garrabrant and I flew to Los Angeles and shot on site at Palisades Charter High School with our amazing photographer Daria Ritch, and then jet-set back to NYC to shoot the product winners.
Voted, tested, and reviewed, I tallied up the best of the best available out there. I hope you guys love the end result as much as I do! Here's to next year.