Fashion & Editorial
orn profoundly deaf, Hair and Makeup Artist Kellie Moody has not allowed her disability to be a barrier. With more than 13 years in the Commercial, Bridal, Fashion Editorial and TV and Film industries, Kellie has worked at a number of high profile events, including London Fashion Week, V-festival, the BAFTA’s and English National Opera. With clients ranging from Pixie Lott and Daniel Beddingfield to Nivea Skin Care and the British Film Institute, Kellie’s work is always diverse and always exciting.
‘Like many young deaf people, I was told that I would be unable to pursue my dream job and instead should pursue a career with minimal contact with the public ‘due to difficulties with communication.
‘On completing school, and still with a need to explore my creativity, I enrolled at Leicester College on a HND in Art. It was during that course and thanks to my art tutor, who gave me the confidence to believe in my artistic abilities and encouraged me to follow my dreams, I realised I could achieve a career working in makeup.
‘Combining my makeup passion with my art skills, I enrolled on a further two year Artistic Make Up and Special Effects Course, being awarded Student of the Year for both of my study years. From this stepping stone, I have never looked back!
‘Within two months of completing my studies I secured my first job with MAC Cosmetics, 13 years later have gained so much experience working all over the country in many areas of the makeup industry.
‘Currently working part time for Charlotte Tilbury, I am in the fortunate position to be able to work freelance in TV and Film, as well as offer my bespoke Bridal Makeup and Hair services, in addition to mentoring other aspiring Makeup Artists (whether or not they have a hearing disability).
‘I find it amusing that the very disability that I was told would hold me back has become one of my USPs; my clients often compliment my attentiveness and eye for detail in a look. This stems from my deafness and strong visual appreciation.’
We feel very honoured to have Kellie tutoring at BAMM and pride ourselves on being the first Media Makeup School to cater for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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