Alexia Guerra Chavez

Alexia Guerra Chavez, @alexiaguerra

Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics, New York, NY 

The Sydell L. Miller Total Image Beauty Schlarship – $7,500

Immigrating to the U.S. from Guatemala, Alexia found that art was a form of escape and communication that transcended language barriers. Unfortunately, other students and even a guidance counselor discouraged her artistic interests. “I was told by one classmate  I’d be homeless if I pursued art as a career,” she says. Fortunately, Alexia opted to pursue her career calling. She says that building a career in esthetics will allow her to combine her passion for art with an interest in skincare and helping others put their most confident face forward. The bold, colorful make-up looks submitted in her scholarship application evoke her talent for bringing artwork to the canvass of a client’s complexion.  Watch her video here.

The Sydell & Arnold Miller Family Foundation is investing in the future of professional beauty as it generously funds cosmetology and esthetic scholarship awards administered by Beauty Changes Lives.

Left: Sydell L. Miller and the late Arnold M. Miller, co-founders of Matrix Essentials