Former teacher wins JNSBL Barber and Beauty Battle
Former visual arts teacher Shellene Gregory's decision to quit her job in 2015 to become a full-time make-up artist was justified on July 1 when she won the make-up category of the fourth JNSBL Barber and Beauty Battle held at the National Arena, St Andrew. Gregory, a graduate of The Mico University College, wowed the judges with her creativity to win $300,000 and claimed the title of 'Number One Jamaican Make-up Artist.' She finished ahead of second-place Debbie Manning, who received $100,000, and third- place Ashleigh Porter, who received $70,000.
"I am elated to win and give God thanks because this was my chance to show that there are skilled and educated people in the cosmetology industry. The industry is underrated and seen as one for persons who are not academically inclined, but there are many of us in the field who are academically qualified," the Clarendon-based make-up artist stated.
Gregory, who designed her own props for the competition, was not the only winner. Last year's finalist in the Barber category, Anthony Drysdale, outperformed a competitive field, to finish ahead of the 2017 winner, Damayo Riley, and third-place Rayon Duffus. Drysdale, who is based in Scarborough, Tobago, walked away with the Champion Barber title and $500,000, Riley received $300,000 and Duffus'$100,000.
A barber for 15 years, Drysdale said, "I am proud of myself and the fact that I could show Jamaica what I can do. I have won competitions in Trinidad and Tobago and in the United States of America; therefore, this competitive field gave me the chance to continue to grow my skills and become a better barber," he explained.
Hairdresser Deidre-Ann Brown, who broke down in tears after making it to the last challenge, won her section of the competition and received $500,000. The mother of one, who works in St. Andrew, finished ahead of Theresa Ellis and Donnakaye Green.
Ellis received $300,000, while Green took home $100,000.
"I didn't get to use the hair I wanted during the second challenge and the day was not going well. Therefore, when my name was called for the final challenge, and I saw my daughter running towards me crying, I was overwhelmed. I broke down in tears, as I realised that my hard work had paid off," Brown related.
Clarendon-based nail technician, Kimone Shirley, who won her section, was thankful for the experience. "It was challenging for me, because I feared competition. However, I enjoyed it and will grow from this experience," she said.