Manicurist Geraldine Holford remembers the ‘client’ who helped turn a bad habit into a burgeoning career.
“ As a kid, I was a chronic nail biter.
It was my biggest problem, but I was quite obsessed with becoming a manicurist. My mother was beautiful, and very well-groomed — she always had her nails done. When I was younger, she’d pay me to paint them so that I could have extra money.
So, in a way, I was sort of self-taught.
I would watch CNN’s Style with Elsa Klensch, wanting to be backstage at all the fashion shows like [makeup artist] Diane Kendall, [hairstylist] Eugene Souleiman, and [manicurist] Sheril Bailey, whose names I would always see in Vogue.
Sheril was [one of] the first editorial manicurists; I recently saw her at Milk Studios while I was on set working, and after 15 years of doing nails — I’ve keyed shows for Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, and Proenza Schouler — I was still too nervous to say hello!
— as told to The Thick