This semi-permanent makeup specialist is not just offering up beauty services, she’s also using her talent to treat people with medical conditions – and this is all in addition to her charity work.
In 2012 you’ve built a reputation for helping people with scars. Tell us about that.
I helped a girl who’d had boiling water tipped over her when she was just five years old. She had burn scars all over the left side of her face and head. I was able to smooth them out and help the appearance of the scarring. I was thrilled to hear afterwards that she now has a job and is engaged to be married.
How else have you made a difference in this region?
When I arrived in Dubai four years ago, I saw many practices offering poor treatments of semi-permanent makeup and wanted to stop that. After three years I convinced the authorities here to provide proper guidelines for the treatments. When these finally go into practice all the bad technicians will be stopped.
You’re as dedicated to your business as you are to raising funds and awareness for mitochondrial complex 1. Why?
My daughter Tiana died in 2006 of the disorder. She was just two years old. It is a devastating condition that stops your food and drink being converted into energy to keep your major organs working. The disease is not curable and there is no treatment at present. I now spend all my spare time raising money and organising events to support families and patients.