Celebrating Women's History Month: Tippi Hedren - The Godmother of the Vietnamese Nail Industry
"You can have a million dollar, 20 million dollar budget or 60 million dollar budget, and if you don't have a good script, it doesn't mean a thing." Little did Tippi Hedren know that she held the script that would set the foundation of an $8 billion dollar Vietnamese nail industry.
Tippi Hedren, advocate for women and International Relief Coordinator for Food for the Hungry after the Fall of Saigon (1975). Nearly fifty years ago, she had travelled to Hope Village, a Vietnamese refugee camp with a hope in mind to help these women find vocation to support their livelihood in their adopted country.
"I loved these women so much that I wanted something good to happen for them after losing literally everything, Some of them lost their entire family and everything they had in Vietnam: their homes; their jobs; their friends—everything was gone. They lost even their own country." Tippi Hedren, the Godmother of the Vietnamese Nail Industry.
Vietnamese Nail Empire
The idea was right at her fingertips— literally! A group of women surrounded Hedren and admired her nails. "Yes, manicures!", not long after, she had called in her personal manicurist and a local beauty school to teach these women about nails. As soon as they earned their license, she helped them get jobs all over Southern California. Now, eight percent of all nail technicians in Southern California are Vietnamese. Talk about dynasty!
The Great Expansion
More than half (51%) of all nail salons in the United states are Vietnamese. ♡
Today, the veteran founders of iGel Beauty stands as one of the many pillars in the Vietnamese-owned nail industry. This entire enterprise was made possible by a woman that inspired twenty refugees to create beautiful art.
In line with Women's History Month, iGel Beauty wishes to invite you to take part in our Facebook community in this journey of spreading positivity encompassed in nail art.