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April 1, 2015

Beauty Changes Lives 2015 Legacy Award Honors Leo Passage

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Beauty Changes Lives united the industry during an incredible event honoring a man who revolutionized the business of beauty education, Leo Passage. The event, hosted by Cosmetologists Chicago, America’s Beauty Show and Pivot Point International, Inc. was held at the stunning Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Art Wing, to pay homage to Leo’s passion for the arts, particularly the Bauhaus principles of art and design that influenced his extraordinary career.


Leo is the third Legacy Award honoree. Past recipients have included the legendary Vidal Sassoon and actress, humanitarian and nail industry champion Tippi Hedren. “The Legacy Award celebrates the spirit that lies at the very heart of the beauty industry,” says Lynelle Lynch, President of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation. “Every day, established beauty professionals are nurturing and mentoring the next generation of leadership and no one demonstrates that generous spirit more than Leo Passage.”



At his core, Leo was an extraordinary business visionary and advocate for continuing education. Throughout his career, he made a point of nurturing emerging talent, never forgetting how the industry helped him upon his immigration from the Netherlands in 1958. As his son Robert Passage, Pivot Point Chairman/CEO and 2nd Vice President of Cosmetologists Chicago and Treasurer of Beauty Changes Lives said, “My father had a gift for seeing talent in others before they saw it in themselves.”



To kick off the event, Denise Provenzano, President of Cosmetologists Chicago, co-hosted the sold-out show that was a who’s who of industry and media leaders. “Because of you, we have fulfilled out goal of filling the famed Art Institute of Chicago with our own artists–our talented hairdressers from around the country,” noted Denise. 



The centerpiece of the evening reception, “Trilogy of Beauty” was an after-dark fashion presentation created by NEXTGEN talents representing many of the evening’s Gold Sponsors. The presentation showcased interpretations of Street Wear, Underground and Avant-Garde fashions. Participating sponsors included: American Crew, Aquage, CND, DevaCurl, Great Clips, HattoriHanzo Shears, Matrix, Mizani, Moroccanoil, Paul Mitchell, Pivot Point International, Redken, TIGI and Wella Professionals.


In addition to the NEXTGEN talent, the evening also included the announcement of the BCL|Leo Passage Endowment Fund, a postgraduate scholarship aimed at helping educators expand and enhance their creativity. Winners will receive a Pivot Point International Creative Jam Session; a proprietary workshop that challenges the artist to translate, interpret and fuse international and local cultures into their work. The scholarship competition is now open. Visit www.beautychangeslives.org/scholarships for more information or to enter.