18 July 2024

Candy Shaw Knighted at Black-Tie Gala on French Riviera

Candy Shaw, founder of Sunlights was Knighted by Intercoiffure Mondial in Saint Tropez at a black-tie gala overlooking the French Riviera on Saturday, July 1, 2023.

Escorted by her husband Fred of 35 years – an attorney, and their daughter Jenna (age 22) – a tech executive, Candy Shaw was inducted as a ‘Knight’ into Intercoiffure’s ‘Ordre de la Chevalerie’ (The Order of Chivalry), before an audience of the world’s leading hairstylists and salon owners in recognition of Shaw’s lifetime achievements as an educator and her contributions to the international hairdressing community and Intercoiffure America/Canada.

Following the black-tie event the celebration continued until dawn at an all-night beach party on the Riviera’s world-famous Pamplona beach, home to A-lister hotspots and jetsetter haunts like Nikki Beach and Le Club 55. The following evening the program continued at an all-white-garment gala as delegations from Japan and France put on fashion shows featuring hairstyles for the upcoming winter and spring seasons’ collections nestled among the grapes in the hillside vineyards of Domain Bertaud Belieu, known for its outstanding St. Tropez Rose’ vintages.

Fondly referred to as ‘The Balay Lama’, Shaw adds the moniker ‘Chevalier du Soleils’ (‘Knight of the Suns’ or ‘SUN-Knights’) to her list of nicknames. 

Founder of SUN-lights and generally recognized as one of the world’s leading authority in French highlighting and haircutting education, Shaw’s other accolades include Pivot Points’ Leo Passage ‘Educator of the Year’ Award, two-time recipient of Intercoiffure Mondial’s ‘Personality of the Year’ Award in Paris, ‘Female Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award, ‘Small Businessperson of the Year’ Award and NAHA ‘Educator of the Year’ finalist.

Earlier this year at America’s Beauty Show, Shaw – a ‘Beauty Changes Lives’ board member, was recognized for spearheading a campaign that raised over $100,000.00 USD to fund beauty-school-student scholarships.

Upon being Knighted, Shaw exclaimed: “It’s not every day that you become a Knight!”

Shaw’s upcoming appearances will include: Sunlights Symposium 2023 at her hair home in Atlanta, GA, as well as education appearances at every major beauty tradeshow across the US!


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