CND, the global leader in professional nail care, hosted an intimate reception on Sunday evening at Cosmoprof North America, honoring loyal Vietnamese-American distributors from across the United States who have donated to the BCL | CND | Tippi Hedren Nail Scholarship Fund.
Vietnamese-American actress and philanthropist, Kieu Chinh, was in attendance to support CND and Beauty Changes Lives’ (BCL) continued efforts to raise funds and advance the state of the industry.
The BCL | CND | Tippi Hedren Nail Scholarship program was launched in 2014 to support aspiring Nail Professionals in their educational endeavors and to expose the nail profession as a rich and rewarding career. The fund honors accomplished actress and humanitarian, Tippi Hedren, who is credited for pioneering the Vietnamese-American Nail Professional movement in the 1970s. For decades, Tippi has served as an advocate and champion of the professional nail care community, helping thousands of individuals find lucrative careers as entrepreneurs and nail care technicians.
Kieu Chinh, who provided words of inspiration to guests at CND’s Cosmoprof reception, credits Tippi with saving her life and the lives of many Vietnamese refugees. Still dear friends to this day, Kieu has called Tippi the “Godmother” of the Vietnamese-American professional nail community.
To date, CND and its co-donors have raised a total of $200,000 to fund scholarships for interested new talent to pursue professional nail education in the U.S. BCL, a non-profit initiative of the AACS, serves as the administering body for the scholarships. With competition rounds open each spring and fall, the BCL | CND | Tippi Hedren Nail Scholarship has already provided 30 nail students the opportunity to pursue their education. Each scholarship winner receives full tuition in a professional nail program at an AACS member school, up to $5,000.
“The contributions made by our devoted Vietnamese-American distributors are changing the lives of so many aspiring Nail Professionals and allowing them to realize their American dream,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director, Jan Arnold. “This year marks the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam and the 40th year since of the end of the Vietnam War. It is our hope that Kieu Chinh’s symbolic presence at this important gathering will inspire continued efforts to elevate the professional nail industry through this scholarship fund.”
Information on Beauty Changes Lives scholarships, including the next BCL | CND | Tippi Hedren Scholarship round is available at www.beautychangeslives.org/scholarships
In the photo, Kieu Chinh with CND Co-founder & Style Director, Jan Arnold, and BCL President, Lynelle Lynch