Glynn Jackson’s 23rd annual Golden Scissors Awards competition along with the Bobbi Boss’ America’s Next Top Stylist live stage tour held its final event recently, ending a five-city tour in the nation’s capital, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest D.C.
Winners of the Golden Scissors Awards’ “Hair Games 2014” competition included:
- Kim Gordon, of the Paul Mitchell Salon in Atlanta, receiving first place;
- Givonshy Smith, owner of Platinum Hair Designs in Suitland, Md., receiving second place; and
- Neilsheika Wallace and Mawerdi Pinkard, owners of the BOM Braids in Fort Washington, Md, receiving third place.
- Janel Sealy-Smith, owner of Cocoa Mane salon located in Brooklyn, N.Y., won $5,000 in the America’s Next Top Stylist competition.
Bobbi Boss is a luxury human hair extension line, and a platinum partner for the show, which also held competitions in New York, Atlanta, Houston and Los Angeles.
“I have seen the power of the Boss, and it’s been amazing,” Jackson, creative director and show producer, said during the VIP reception. “Somebody had to make the personal sacrifice, and that is what Bobbi Boss has done for this community. I wanted you guys to know how amazing they are and what they’ve done, and we say thank you.” Jackson said Bobbi Boss allowed his agency to operate as a nonprofit, giving back to children living in the Dominican Republic.
The show attracted several celebrities, including: hair legend Barry Fletcher; Alfred Dudley, Dudley Beauty College founder; Ean Williams, D.C. Fashion Week founder; Harvey StarWashington, fashion show producer and Ebony McMorris, Radio One Washington news and community affairs director. Celebrity guest judges included “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and Bravo TV’s “Fashion Queens” stars Derek J, Dawn Ferguson and Carl J.
Guy Lambert, radio personality for WPGC, hosted the event along with Maureen Umeh, Fox 5 News anchor.
At the beginning of the show, Jackson fiercely strutted the runway wearing a black tailored ensemble embellished with black plumes. She shouted thanks to God and gave honor to “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry.
Miss Silver Spring, known as the artist “Silva,” also gave a special tribute to Barry in song.
The show featured live mannequins dusted in white and wearing tulle; Brazilian beauty queens and dancers wore costumes of colorful plumes and performed fancy footwork in 4-inch stacked heels; and on the runway, models strutted in avant-garde skirts of hair.
Jackson’s Showbiz Kidz of the DMV strutted on the runway, showing the audience how to strike a pose in high fashion outfits and hairstyles.
Jackson also honored hair industry “Living Legends” Chet Bennett, owner of Bennett Career Institute in D.C.; Ron Jemison Sr., owner of Franklin Beauty School in Houston, Texas; Brenton Lee, owner of Brenton Lee Salon and Studio in South Pasadena, Calif.; Vernon Martin, owner of the Vernon Martin Salon in D.C.; Jasmine “Razor Chic” Collins; and celebrity hairstylist Tre’Major.