Discover the stories that make up our Blanche World.
Jamie Yin's professional journey to started with a simple realization. When she came to Canada in 2004, Jamie noticed a gap in the Canadian Nail market. So she took her nails into her own hands. Buying over 200 bottles of nail polish, Jamie taught herself everything that she could about the techniques behind the art of Nails. She went onto train in Shanghai, Japan and at the Akzentz Nails' education center, eventually becoming one of their line Educators. Since then, Jamie has won multiple nail art awards and was recently recognized as one of Swarovski's eighty Authorized Nail Art Educators! We are so thankful that she's at Blanche Macdonald sharing her knowledge in our Nail Studio classrooms.
Alejandra Hernandez has a serious skills. She initially planned on becoming a teacher but ended up working as an Industrial Engineer before discovering her dream job in the world of beauty. Since changing careers, Alejandra has proven that just how multifaceted she is as a makeup artist. She has worked on TV and Film sets, magazine editorials, commercial shoots, and even alongside your favourite celebs
Growing up in Victoria, BC, a life in high fashion once seemed like an impossible dream for Emily Buhr. But today she's cemented her place at a legendary fashion house. Emily is the first person to see the new items coming in as the Vancouver boutique's Stock Coordinator. Now her days are filled with back or house coordination and—of course—haute fashion.
Once a certified nursing assistant in California, Jas Sahota's move to Canada was truly transformative. Not only did she find a new city to call home, but she also discovered a new calling. Initially a client at Surrey's Beautiful Canadian Laser & Skincare clinic, Jas was inspired by clinic owner Dr. Shah to consider a career in Esthetics. 8 years later, Jas, a graduate of our Esthetics program, is still a fixture at Dr. Shah's clinic—only now she's the face behind the laser.
Tomoko Tajima's journey into the spa industry has been unlike any other. Touched by the kindness of Estheticians who provided joy to her family at their weakest point, Tomoko resolved to do the same for others. She left her career behind to become a Spa Therapist centred on compassion. Now she owns a thriving esthetics studio, Trinity Facial Spa, in Miyazaki, Japan.
Motivated to put Vancouver on the map as a major fashion destination, design grads Graham Hood, Matthew Harrison and Marcus Quon have founded a unique creative haven. Their budding business, In House Creations, rents space to artists and produces branded merchandise for clients, but the beating heart of the business is the streetwear brand Sans Parole. When it comes to this In House one thing is clear: this is a design collaborative that celebrates art, community, and—of course—fashion.
Humble and grounded, you won't find Barbering Instructor and Pro Hair grad Sandra Perovic boasting about her accomplishments...but that doesn't mean that she couldn't! Sandra has won numerous hair competitions across the globe, taking home trophies from the Mirror Awards and the Contessa Awards. She's even the first woman to take home the top prize from the American Crew World Barbering competition. Clearly Sandra has serious skills as a stylist. But despite all the evidence of her immense talent, Sandra is determined to continue learning and growing as a stylist. And she's dedicated to passing on her expertise to the next generation of barbers.
An avid traveller and flight attendant, Jana Bizzari came to Vancouver from Italy for what she thought would be a short visit. But she quickly fell in love with the city, opting to stay much longer. Ultimately this is where she would reshape her professional journey, leaving her mile-high career behind to pursue her passion for makeup. Now she has blossomed into a fashion Makeup Artist, sought after in YVR, Russia, and her native Italy.
Meet our Pro Hair grad, Guardian of Love and Beauty at B-Bombshell Salon! A lover of South Park, Pokémon, Sailor Moon and competitive cheerleading, Jashper found his home at this New Westminster salon where he chose to do his work experience!
Catch up with Global Makeup grad Lyle Reimer (AKA @lylexox)! Since graduating from Blanche Macdonald's Makeup program, Lyle has blown up, earning nearly 150k followers on Instagram, working on global projects with major fashion brands including Gucci, Moschino and Viktor and Rolf, and even starring in his own documentary on CBC.