Sharie Manon has spent years at the top of the beauty fashion industry. Long before Glam Fairy Sharie was an award winning stylist who went from a salon owner in Wyoming to creating looks for top designers during New York’s world famous fashion week. We recently visited Sharie in New York City to talk about her latest projects.
TBB: You do a lot of work in the fashion/beauty industry. Tell us about the many hats you wear.
SM: One of the many things I have done was work for Toni and Guy as a creative consultant and a former platform artist. I presented products and looks in front of hairdressers and created futuristic looks. I have been Creative Director for several top salons in NYC and Las Vegas. My work is in magazines, on reality TV, music videos, feature films and on the packaging for a national beauty brand. I’ve worked 8 seasons of Mercedes Benz fashion week for top designers such as Badgley Mischka, Jeffrey Chow, Derek Lam, Diesel Style Lab and Reem Acra. I am currently a MyStyle.com monthly contributor.
TBB: I know you spend a lot of time with your daughters. How do you balance your career and single motherhood?
SM: I drink a lot of coffee. You have to have really good network of people like schools and reliable childcare. Utilizing your time is important like making phone calls when you’re commuting. It’s important to let business associates know (you) have kids. This way if they hear them shouting when you’re on the phone they understand.
TBB: Congratulations on being named as the Celebrity Liaison and Special Events Coordinator for the We the World Campaign. What types of duties does that entail?
SM: We the World is an incredible global movement because we have the ability to shelter other charities. I am coordinating a Mother’s Day event in May for Sanctuary for Families. It’s one of the most well known and respected organizations of its type. They offer one-stop assistance for victims of domestic violence. This first annual event will be a runway presentation of 3 well known designers, live musical acts, and awards for outstanding individuals like Rabbi Marc Schneier, Russell Simmons, Dr. Oz, and Rosario Dawson for her work with 1 Billion Rising. I chose Mother’s Day in order to bring more awareness to women’s issues. We will also hold events from September 11th to September 21st (World Peace Day).
TBB: You’ve been giving back for a very long time …
SM: The first charity I started was when I was 22. I owned a salon in Wyoming. I donated services for girls from the Cathedral Home for Children. Your self esteem is already down when you’re a teen, then if you’ve gotten in trouble it can be even tougher for a young girl. I wanted to change their lives by showing them you can go to cosmetology school and own a business.
TBB: You are a role model and an inspiration to women. You are also a survivor of domestic violence. How has that influenced who you are today?
SM: It made me want to give back to others as I had other people who helped me so much.
TBB: We are here today at this amazing salon in Manhattan. You are styling here twice a week. Do the women in NY and the women in NJ want very different things when they come to see you?
SM: Yes, hands down the most demanding client in the US is a New York client for a blowout. I had to go to blowout therapy when I moved to this city (laughs). At the end of the day everyone wants a beautiful bouncy blowout, doesn’t matter what your zip code is!
TBB: We have to ask, is Glam Fairy coming back for another season, and if so would you continue to be a part of it?
SM: Very recently we have been told that Glam Fairy is not coming back. We don’t know why.
TBB: Outside of Glam Fairy you have done a lot of on camera red carpet interviews for Style Network. Have you any interest in bridging out of reality TV to being an entertainment reporter?
SM: I am my own entertainment reporter already. I cover a lot of different events. I’ve worked with Salon Galaxy, Chance TV, and IMI Productions. I am a beauty specialist but I delve into fashion. Having been on a show, the people I interview can relate to me because I’m in their shoes so they trust me. Recently, I had to arm wrestle former WWE Diva and Playboy cover-girl Ashley Massaro on the red carpet. She was nervous and just to make her more comfortable I decided to arm wrestle her.
TBB: You are clearly very ambitious and driven. What is your ultimate goal? Will you have your own salon again or line of products?
SM: I’ve had four salons and was working with a Canadian company on organic products. It was difficult because of the shelf life. If I were to try it again I’d partner with an established brand instead of trying to do everything myself.
TBB: Are you still involved with doing PR for your company Jett Blonde?
SM: I am the more active part of Jett Blonde. I focus mostly on my charity projects, but I help them with events. We helped with some of the placement for Chaka Khan’s birthday party. When companies are looking for beauty branding and beauty for a cause I’m the number one person they are calling.
TBB: What are your beauty tips for the upcoming warm months?
SM: I love summer because I love the disheveled hair looks and a lot are easy to do. Besides just tossing your hair up in buns, braids are a great way to get your hair up, even to get bangs growing out of your face. Also lighten up your look with some highlights, even if you’re a brunette, in the summertime.
TBB: Thank you for talking to me today and giving me an amazing blowout! Anything else you would like people to know about you?
SM: Editing is a funny thing. I appreciate that people think they know something about me. I’ve only been on TV for two years and I’m a lot older than that. There’s a lot more to myself. I encourage people to come on Monday April 8th to Sony Wonderlab for Heart a Cause for autism. Your children will have a great time while helping a great charity!