Principal Bobbi Brown Goes Back to School
NEW YORK — Bobbi Brown left a lasting impression at a Bronx vocational high school last week where she gave a makeup class, spoke with students and visited the school’s day care center in her role as Principal for a Day.
Brown first became a Principal for a Day at the Jane Addams Vocational High School in 2001 and was instantly taken with its warmth, energy and friendliness. Seeing the school desperately lacked resources, Brown decided to make the relationship permanent. She began regularly donating discontinued makeup and magazines from her company to the school’s cosmetology program and supplies like baby formula, diapers and blankets to its day care center.
“I was hooked,” said Brown, who has returned as Principal for a Day every year since. “I realized how much they needed and how much I could give them of what they needed, so I adopted the school.”
Brown gave a makeup class before an audience of 18 aspiring hair, makeup and nail artists in the school’s cosmetology lab. After selecting a model from the group to demonstrate on, Brown got to work, applying under-eye concealer and foundation while teaching the students about correct shade selection. Moving from eyes to cheeks to lips, she demonstrated the appropriate tools and application techniques to use for each area. Brown also gave the young women tips for healthy skin — and shared her own beauty philosophy that makeup should accentuate a woman’s natural beauty to help her feel more confident about herself, not less.
After plying the class with product-filled makeup cases, Brown made her way to the school’s Living for Young Families Through Education day care center where she visited infants and toddlers while their teenage mothers were in class. The program helps young parents finish high school by providing child care and outside resources necessary for their children.
Brown, a mother of three, has a soft place in her heart for children, which was evident as she kneeled on the floor to greet a toddler and coo at a baby.
Although the New York City Department of Education funds the program, parents must supply the day care center with formula, food and diapers for their children. According to LYFE social worker Ana Martinez, many cannot afford even these basics.
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“A lot of these young students live in shelters and have no money,” Martinez said. “They think Women, Infants and Children and welfare will provide all they need,” but they don’t, she added, referring to a popular federally funded program.
Martinez explained that the formula, diapers and other supplies that Brown gives the nursery help keep young parents in class. Otherwise, they might be tempted to stay home from school where they can stretch the time between feedings and diaper changes to conserve these expensive items.
“By Bobbi Brown assisting us, it allows them to come to school every day,” Martinez said. “We’re very grateful that she participates.”
— Karen James
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By market, North America and France posted growth of more than 40 percent, the company stated, adding it reinforced its position in Western Europe.
Inter Parfums SA attributed its first-quarter performance to the solidity of its principal brands, the success of recent launches and the dynamism of Lanvin fragrances. Its portfolio includes the Burberry, Christian Lacroix, Celine, Nickel, Lanvin, Paul Smith and S.T. Dupont beauty brands. Upcoming launches include novelties for Christian Lacroix and Lanvin.
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