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    Calling all Makeup Artist, Hair Stylist, Designers, Wardrobe Stylist, Estheticians, Lash Techs, everyone in the beauty and fashion industry, cosmetology students and aspiring industry professional welcome.

We are pleased to announce the 1 st Annual Detroit Business and Beauty Expo. The goal of the DBBE is to empower Detroit’s beauty industry. This event will bring education and information to the professionals in this industry. As an industry, we want to maintain the level of professionalism. There will be a panel discussion on the business of beauty, hair, and fashion. We will share some trade secrets. Discussing brand building, marketing, business finances, customer service, and more. One hundred people are expected to take part in this event that will provide exposure, networking and premiere education to makeup artist, hair stylist, designers, wardrobe stylist and anyone interested in getting a piece of the multi-billion-dollar beauty industry.


Rashida Williams- The Glam Doctor



Rashida Williams, founder and CEO of The Glam Doctor, is an award winning make-up artist,
educator, mentor, and public speaker who transforms lives by unlocking inner beauty. Her
professionalism, skill, and exceptional service have caused her to become a sought-after rising
star in the beauty industry.
Rashida began her journey as a make-up artist in 2001. By 2006, her clientele had grown
significantly and she discovered the need to expand her reach. She became known as “The
Glam Doctor”. Her reputation preceded her and up-and- coming make-up artists sought after
her expertise and experience. By 2013, she had mentored and assembled a strong team of
dedicated artists, known as the Glam R Us team, and became a full time make-up artist and
business owner.
Since then, The Glam Doctor has serviced an expansive and diverse national client list that
ranges from celebrities to entrepreneurs to homemakers. Her experience includes, but is not
limited to, weddings, proms, film, TV, stage, and professional photo shoots. In 2017, she once
again forged new territory by launching two new arms of the business: the Glam R Us team in
Atlanta (a mobile make-up and hair team) and the Glam Doctor Studio (her home base and
make-up studio in metro Detroit).
Not neglecting her love for her community and her desire to see women empowered, Rashida
created I AM SUPERB – a community outreach program designed to bolster confidence and
self-esteem in young women. Additionally, her beauty institute provides instruction and
mentorship not only for emerging artists, but offers classes to help every day women release
their inner glam.

 Desiree M. Mattox – The Glam Scientist


Desiree M. Mattox – The Glam Scientist – is a Cosmetic Chemist and Beauty Strategist that develops high end beauty products and facilitates the growth of iconic beauty brands.  As an expert cosmetic formulator, Desiree specializes in natural and organic formulations for the prestige beauty market. Since beginning her entrepreneurial career as a cosmetic chemist in 2009, Desiree has successfully developed beauty products and consulted for beauty brands that are sold in over 20 international markets included several European countries, Japan and Mexico. Desiree’s clients have placement in the coveted Birchbox, Glossybox,  Whole Foods, Target, Sephora and a host of online retailers and independent brick and mortar stores for thousands to experience.  Desiree is driven by her love of chemistry, all things beauty and a strong desire to see the underdog rise above a market full of giants.

AJ Williams

Co Host/Moderator

AJ Williams: City.Life.Style Editor for the Michigan Chronicle and former Relationship & Dating columnist for FRONTPAGE Detroit. She’s a local media personality who has worked with Mason Radio on 107.5 FM, as host of The MIXX TV Show with UDetroit. Under her personal brand “CHICKdom” she’s a motivational speaker and writer on the topics of personal development, relationships, and self-love.


AJ is the Creator and Blogger-in-Chief at SingleBlackChick.com and RebelSoulChick.com which are lifestyle brands that focus on CHICK power and inspiration. Through these platforms, AJ shares her candid take on relationships, life, love and spiritual wellness using her life as a platform to empowering women to embrace their skin, sexuality, soul, and personal journey.


AJ has always had a passion for empowering women, especially the portrayal of women in media. From this love, AJ started her media production company, 444Media Group inspired by her biggest inspiration, her grandmother. 444Media Group’s mission is to produce innovative content that engages, empowers and starts a conversation with a specialized focus on positive images of women in media.

Before her current endeavors in media, she pursued a career in finance as a personal investment banker. She has served with several non-profit organization which includes, The Young Bankers Club and Chairperson for the UFSC Urban Bankers Annual Scholarship Gala. AJ currently serves on the American Heart Association’s Young Professionals board as Communications Chair. The Michigan FrontPAGE has recognized her achievements as an FP Thirty Honoree, which highlights rising young professionals under 40 and as an Honoree in Who’s Who of Black Detroit.


A DPS Pershing High School graduate, Williams pursued a Bachelor Degree from the University of Michigan and received her Broadcasting/Radio accreditation with Specs Howard School of Media Arts. She is currently attending Rochester College to master Mass Communications. Also, she is completing her debut book: A Chick’s Guide to Living a KICK-ASS Life.


Denitra Townsend


Denitra Townsend is an accomplished and sought after Image Consultant, specializing in wardrobe styling, makeup and hair artistry, and public speaking.  Townsend also is on the wig and makeup crew for Michigan Opera Theater. In concert with the opera theater, her talent has lead her to design wigs and makeup for the University of Michigan/Flint’s Opera main stage performances for two years straight.  Denitra has also had her hands in film, where she was part of the makeup crew for the  Batman vs Superman movie a few years ago.

Owner of Unforgettable YOU, a virtual studio of fashion, beauty and empowerment, Denitra has also added “curator” to her list of accomplishments.  Professionally trained at an Aveda Institute (and licensed in cosmetology as a result), Townsend is also a freelance artist for Aveda Corporation.  She is also part of the team at Rouge Makeup and Nail Studio in Ferndale, where most recently she contributed to formulating colors for a new eyeshadow pallete debuting soon!

Denitra often speaks at women’s empowerment conferences and has led several movements that advocate the importance of self-awareness. 

Chantele Gray

Owner, Pretty Girl Studios


It was ‘love at first curl’ for Master Cosmetologist and Hairstylist Chantele Gray. Chantele was not only destined to lead and transform lives in the beauty industry, but to create her own ‘beauty mark’ known as ‘Pretty Girls’. A desire to help women feel more beautiful and become unapologetically confident quickly blossomed into a calling and passion for the talented entrepreneur.

Serving up pretty styles and healthy manes for more than 17 years, Chantele graduated from Detroit’s renowned Cass Tech High School and immediately pursued her interests in healthy hair maintenance and styling precision at Robertson’s College of Beauty. She became licensed in 2001 and trained alongside some of the industry’s greatest master teachers such as Naja Aziz, Jasmine Collins of Razor Chic of Atlanta, Patric Bradley and others.

Chantele quickly discovered that precision cuts and coloring brought her the most joy, so she intently focused on these techniques through continuous education. This process was paramount for Chantele who fulfilled her ultimate dream of becoming the owner of Pretty Girl Studios (PGS) in 2013. Her vision was a necessary one—to create a healthy environment for women to relax, engage with other women and be empowered to recognize their own unique beauty. Her entrepreneurial journey was not without challenge, but was overcome with perseverance.

As Chantele continued to hone her skills and teach others, her shop became a household name and was nominated for the ‘Best in Black Detroit’ award in the dual categories of Best Salon and Best Hairstylist.
Chantele continues to expand the Pretty Girl Studio brand and is developing an urban fitters apparel line and a mentoring curriculum for young girls with passions to enter the world of beauty. Chantele’s model for client service is one smile and one ‘Pretty Girl’ at a time.  This is the standard her clients have come to love and respect.

A wife and seasoned praise and worship leader, Chantele resides in Southfield, Michigan with her husband Dorian.



Brittany Mobley

Bmobley Media Relations

Brittany Mobley is a Public Relations professional and a Detroit native who secured her Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Public Relations from the University of Memphis. She is now pursuing her masters degree in Public Relations and Organizational Communication from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. While embarking on her journey of freelance PR and helping independent owners build their brand, she decided to use her field of experience to build a practice of her own.

Brittany has experience working in the public relations field with Finn Partners, a full-service public relations agency, located in downtown Detroit. Following her departure from Finn, Bmobley Media Relations was developed as a contractor through small businesses. Brittany believes that passion and a brand can develop a powerhouse. Her motto is “where there’s a budget, there’s a way”.



Brandi Taylor

Host & Founder

Brandi Taylor is an accomplished makeup artist with experience in all aspects of makeup artistry, including fashion, video and print. As CEO of XquisiteLooks Makeup Artistry, her education, coupled with professionalism, gives her clients a dependable, organized and detailed-oriented delivery every time.

Brandi’s diverse background and experience creates an exceptional style accredited only to her and her creativity. Her innate ability to bring out the best in others is unmatched. She has worked with Cover Girl, L’Oreal, Wet “n” Wild, Hada Labo and other notable cosmetic labels. Because of this, Brandi is now a highly-sought after speaker and educator.
The Detroit native is a 2007 graduate for Michigan College of Beauty. She has studied skincare in addition to her training in cosmetology. Her workshops are a must for those serious about a career in the beauty industry. Brandi is available to share her advice to those looking to beautify themselves and others.


This event is supported by these awesome companies and brands!



The D Loft

9342 Joseph Campau Ave

Hamtramck, MI 48212

Time: 4 PM to 8 PM





734 719 0881



If you have any questions about the event, please contact us directly. We will respond for sure.

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