If you’re interested in pursuing fashion as a career, there are tons of resources out there for you, like fashion camps and conferences, not to mention the proliferation of reality TV shows which depict (somewhat unrealistically) aspects of the industry. But the beauty industry is a bit more under the radar. (Why aren’t there any shows requiring contestants to make beauty products out of common grocery store items?) Now, one connected and experienced former beauty editor, Corynne Corbett, is trying to change all that with her new venture, Beauty Biz Camp, a non-profit program that teaches adolescents about the ins and outs of the beauty industry.
Corbett has done three tours of duty as a beauty editor: First at Elle, then at Real Simple (where she was also an executive editor before being laid off in 2008), and most recently at Essence. She has also done some behind-the-scenes work naming products, writing package copy, and helping with brand positioning. So she definitely knows the inner workings of the industry.
Beauty Biz Camp will take place over three weeks in New York City (from July 22 through August 9) and will cover a huge range of topics including, product development, e-commerce, PR, and the more “glam” aspects of the industry like developing beauty trends and going behind-the-scenes at a fashion show. Corbett has speakers like Lisa Price (the founder of Carol’s Daughter), Yesenia Almonte (Seventeen‘s beauty director), and Patricia Reynoso (editor in chief of Glam Belleza Latina) lined up as instructors. Dr. Asiah Mason, a specialist in adolescent psychology and education for underserved adolescents, serves as the camp director.
Encouraging racial diversity within the beauty industry is an important goal for the camp. According to the organization’s About Us page, their vision is to “make the beauty industry a more accurate reflection of the people it serves, by cultivating and equipping the next generation of beauty leaders who drive innovation, image and conversation, and serve the needs of every consumer.”
Weekly sessions cost $1,000 each, though Corbett is also offering at least 10 scholarships.
We caught up with Corbett for her take on getting teens interested in beauty as a career, why she chose this as the next step in her own career, and her thoughts on diversity (or lack thereof) in the beauty industry.