On Set

What's New, Pussycat?

Jamie Miller, a hairstylist and makeup artist at Skyline Downtown Salon in Kansas City, MO, was recently named the winner of the Oribe/Beauty Launchpad Pussycat Photo Contest, which was inspired by this summer抯 Backstage Las Vegas event. According to Oribe, "The pussycat knows her sensuality and exudes a quiet power over us. She is addictive, coveted... desired. A mix of equal parts confidence and mystery. She always gets what she wants. It抯 about an attitude...and the seduction is timeless. These women have a confidence and an allure you will never forget." We chatted Miller about her winning creation and why she loves hair.

How long have you been a hairdresser?
Seven years.

What do you love most about the industry?
The thing I love most about hairdressing is that it is a timeless trade and you never stop learning and meeting new people. Every day is different. I also love the fashion connection, of course

What inspires you creatively?
Hitchcock films such as Rear Window and The Birds the hair and the makeup are beautiful, and every character is so well put together. Musicians like Mick Jagger (his hair卭utfits卬obody can do it quite like him and be as cool), Michael Jackson and Elvis, who were world-shakers when it comes to style and music. Art books from Annie Leibovitz, Andy Warhol and Kevyn Aucoin. The Great Gatsby, which makes me curious about doing hair in that era. I love the 1950s and 60s, too hair was so glamorous back then. I抦 also inspired by people-watching and travel匢 was recently in Turkey and was blown away by how much people there embrace their culture and aren抰 afraid to wear color.

What story were you trying to tell with your photo?
She is a very classy retro lady who is confident yet very soft and mysterious, taking her time getting ready like any proper lady would. She reminds me of Julianne Moore in A Single Man. The lighting and color are a big deal to me -- very warm and beautiful against her skin. My friend Cameron Gee did the photography, and he has a great eye for lighting.

What made you want to enter the contest?
I decided to enter because I never had before and I had a few photos that I wanted to try to get out there. Photo shoots push me so much匶ou are working as a team and really have to understand the photographer, model, clothes and the theme of the shoot. I like to be open to whatever someone wants me to do, then add what I know as well.

How did you get the look?
I started with damp hair using Royal Blowout, blowing the hair dry roughly then round-brushing it with Superfine Hair Spray and a little Volumista at the roots. Then, using a 2" barrel Marcel iron and Supershine Moisturizing Cream, I set her hair with double-prong duck bill clips. I finished with Superfine as the shoot went on.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Cameron Gee

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