Iesha Jenkins, Columbus, Ohio, Paul Mitchell
As a child suffering from a skin condition and he victim of abuse, Iesha didn’t feel beautiful or smart. The professional beauty industry changed all of that. “The salon is where I began to love myself,” says the aspiring salon owner and hairstylist. Iesha notes the role of the hairstylist as storyteller, observing that an individual’s appearance – or transformed appearance – can tell a story without words.