Manicurist Honey on the photo shoot that changed her career.
I’ve always been passionate about doing nails.
I started my career 30 years ago by working in salons, doing house calls, and creating custom nail art for clients. Back then, beauty schools didn’t teach manicuring, and YouTube didn’t exist, so I taught myself everything I know.
In 2003, I was working at Go Girl, a [now closed] salon in Manhattan’s Alphabet City, when I was booked on my first-ever photo shoot: the DSquared2 Fall/Winter 2003 campaign starring Naomi Campbell and photographed by Steven Klein.
At the time, I didn’t know it was for DSquared2, and hadn’t heard of Steven, but I said yes —I figured it would be just like a house call.
When I got to set, I was asked to give Naomi nail art and a nude manicure, and Steven was very pleased with it. I didn’t have much else to do after that, so I spent the rest of the day observing how the hairstylist, makeup artist, and stylist collaborated with him.
It was such a great exposure to the fashion and beauty world, and I learned so much by just being there.
Steven has since booked me on many of his shoots, and every job we do together is electrifying. He has an incredible eye, and inspires my creativity.
I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to work with him.
— as told to The Thick