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Regency Beauty Institute is excited to celebrate two students at the Olathe, KS, campus who excelled in the nationwide Marianna Rockstar Manikin Competition.

Velva M. placed first and Cortnee F. placed in the top ten. Velva’s design was displayed the CEA show in Las Vegas.

“For me to just be in workshop and just have started school, I think it’s really, really great,” Velva said of her win.

Both students were encouraged and motivated to enter by Olathe educator Betty Okao.

“She’s my personal cheerleader,” Velva said. “If it wasn’t for her, I would have never entered it.”

Betty checked in with the students daily and listened as they edited their submissions. Velva says Betty’s guidance gave her courage.

Velva painted half of her manikin’s face with purple, teal and pink glitter paint, and her hair design featured braided and spiked hair pieces that defied gravity.

Cortnee’s design was inspired by a combination of the sugar skull, pin-up and punk rock aesthetics.

“I knew I wanted to do something out of the box,” Cortnee said. “Since it was a country-wide competition, I didn’t want to just do a generic mohawk in some crazy colors.”

To style her manikin, Cortnee began by bleaching the hair and then dying it fuchsia. The pin-up inspiration is clear throughout Cortnee’s design from the roll in the bangs to the big, chunky curls.

The nationwide competition was a welcome challenge for Cortnee.

“Just having that opportunity and experience is what going to school is all about,” she said.

Velva also had advice to share about seizing the opportunity:

“Just go for it. The only way you can fail is if you don’t do anything at all.”

Read about Velva and Cortnee on the Marianna blog.

Cortnee's manikin was also shown at the CEA show in Las Vegas.

Cortnee’s manikin was also shown at the CEA show in Las Vegas.


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