There were 20 women in the camp who said,’We’re wives, we’re mothers and we don’t have a trade’ and Tippi said,’ you would make fabulous nail professionals.’ She put them through cosmetology school. They opened salons, they opened schools and the rest is history. Out of 350, 000 nail professionals, over 125, 000 of them are Vietnamese nail professionals. And it all started with an act of kindness, by Tippi extending her hand, believing in the people, and loving beauty. “
Elegant and lovely in a brilliant orange tunic, Hedren came to the stage and described the early days of watching these women flourish in the beauty industry. “There was such strength in these women and they did not want to be a burden to the United States,” she said. “It has been such an amazing time to watch the growth of this industry. I watched the men get involved, who were listening to their girlfriends and wives, and who saw them going from one shop to another to buy the supplies and they thought, why don’t we put it all into one building. And this was another off-shoot to this business. It wasn’t just the polishes. It was growing to a point that it was mind-boggling. Somebody said to me today, did you know this was going to expand into this kind of business, and I said, well, if I had, I would have wanted a percentage.” Holding her award, she concluded: “And here is part of my percentage, right here. I thank you so much this wonderful award, I am thrilled, I am honored and I thank you all.”
Also attending the event were other leaders of the Foundation including Robert Passage, CEO of Pivot Point International; American Association of Cosmetology Schools Executive Director Jim Cox and Board Member Christine Gordon; Fabio Sementilli, Vice President of Education for Wella, the Salon Professional Division of P&G; as well as Celebrity Groomer Diana Schmidtke and Celebrity Hairdresser Dean Banowetz.