March 5, 2024


There is a Fashion

Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson

Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Got Beauty, you know that our northwest aspect window is extremely shut to our coronary heart. Far more than just visible merchandising, we watch our shop window as our opportunity to outwardly characterize Bought Beauty’s character, core values, and unequivocal enjoy and assistance for our neighborhood. For our summer season 2022 screen we’ve teamed up with local artists, activists  and innovative geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with pleasure around it!

Created to celebrate our pretty most loved thirty day period of the calendar year – Satisfaction Thirty day period, they have made an entryway straight out of a rainbow-coloured butterfly desire. The duo was variety ample to meet up with us at the Received Elegance headquarters and chat about the approach. 

Got Magnificence: June is palms down our favourite thirty day period at Obtained Natural beauty for the reason that it’s Satisfaction – an chance to demonstrate our community our adore and assistance of equality for all. We are severely so energized to collaborate with you equally on this task! Explain to us, what does Satisfaction thirty day period mean to you?

ES: Satisfaction thirty day period in Utah is about local community and making harmless spaces for marginalized individuals that really do not often really feel like they can exist as their correct selves in their day-to-day daily life. People that really don’t live in this article are often so stunned when I talk to them about the SLC pleasure celebrations. In these kinds of a conservative state and metropolis they don’t count on there to be these a huge LGBTQ+ presence. We have a pretty vivid and happy queer local community in this article. I demonstrate up for pride each calendar year simply because I sense it’s so significant for many others that glimpse like me, especially youthful people today that are in a room of exploration to know that remaining queer can look a lot of unique approaches. You are legitimate and there is no correct or improper way to rejoice pride. At the end of the day it’s about self-affirmation, and coming collectively with other people that will acknowledge you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Pleasure thirty day period is a time of self-expression and really like! To me, I am reminded of how significant it is to enjoy and take one particular a different. 


GB: Remaining a female-owned and operated company, we are generally right here to rejoice our fellow boss babes and business people. Can you notify us a bit about your entrepreneurial perform in the arts?

ES: My artwork is loud and significant, unapologetic and unrefined. I develop, to just take up area, and signify other individuals like me. I think that artwork is a lot more than a imaginative outlet. It is a kind of activism. Becoming an artist is a resource. I strategy artwork as a way to visually inform a story. If I can be successful in capturing your attention, my hope is that it will trigger you to stop and believe, then master and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all issues style, staging, and design. Every thing from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible art shows, are living exhibit choreography, and extra! If it involves a visible eye to make almost everything arrive jointly and search cohesive and interesting, I’m on it! 

GB: You two are quite the dynamic duo! How did you satisfy?

ES: Cj and I fulfilled a several years in the past at a retail store that we worked at and she was my manager! We grew to become buddies and even though we no for a longer time work jointly at Blue, we collaborate normally simply because we make a fantastic group. 

CA: We achieved at a past put of work wherever I was Essie’s manager. The first time I spoke to her was in an job interview for the work. I bear in mind thinking ” This lady is a powerhouse, she’s in this earth to make a change. What is she performing interviewing for retail? She really should be well known.” I am so happy I acquired to get the job done so closely with her. It potential customers to a amazing friendship and fantastic partnership in our artwork. 


GB: Did you increase up training artwork?

ES: When I was a child I was always experimenting and I experienced a lot of enjoyment producing artwork out of founding goods. I begun generating with a lot more intention in significant college. Generating art was a hobby for me for a extended time, but I didn’t take into account myself an artist or think I could make it a occupation right up until the last handful of years. Imposter syndrome almost certainly had a ton to do with that. Now, on the lookout again I realize that currently being an artist has normally been aspect of my identity. 

CA: As a kid, I frequently tried using to discover different kinds of artwork to greatest enable my creative imagination out. Drawing, crafting, songs… Absolutely nothing caught right up until I discovered inside layout. Which is when I understood I experienced a passion for visible display screen and staging. 

GB: What are your favourite mediums?

ES: Most of the items I produce are acrylic on canvas with 3D components incorporated into every single painting. I enjoy operating with silk bouquets and other supplies like moss, stones, wooden, cloth, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Interest Hopper”. I try out diverse varieties of mediums normally, just to experience new items. I really like to get crafty and produce artwork with my arms. But so much, my beloved seems to be setting up scenes for image shoots. Anything from obtaining a area, picking out and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the shots and poses with the photographer/products. Can you classify that as a medium? I would like to feel so. 


GB: What can we catch you carrying out when you are absent from your artistry?

ES: I appreciate studying, producing, tenting, and becoming outside. Proper now I’m acquiring pleasurable finding out how to engage in once again. I lately bought roller skates. I liked skating when I was a child, and re-mastering it has been a fun way to de-strain from adulting.

CA: I usually look to have a dwelling renovation project or program to redecorate something, which retains me fairly hectic. I also appreciate the outside: climbing, kayaking, and having my 2 puppies up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Most effective for exploring. 


GB: Do you have a favourite undertaking or collection that you’ve worked on?

ES: I’m actually happy of the art displays I’ve curated. The most new show was “The Conquer of Our Blood” which was an exhibit that includes only BIPOC artists. I made a blended media painting for the exhibit titled “She Becomes”. The issue of the portray is a panther lady and it is my present-day beloved.

CA: The Got Attractiveness Summer time Pride window is my new favourite! It was so pleasurable to collaborate with Essie and the incredible women of all ages of Bought Splendor to build something with so a lot indicating and goal, but which is also just so rather to look at. Love is really like! 

GB: So, what is future for each and every of you?

ES: I am at this time doing the job on a solo exhibit titled “The hearth in her eyes.” This show as a full is intended to be a commentary about the methods in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black group have been heavily affected by Eurocentric expectations of beauty. Some pieces will be visible translations of my lived encounters as a Black girl in the United States. Other items will highlight the strength, and sensuality of the black feminine variety although discovering themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The display is tentatively established for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go bigger and bolder with photo shoot staging! I have so quite a few thoughts in my head of what I’d appreciate to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, life-style pictures… And sooner or later, the desire is to build visible works of art for enterprises to use in shows and promoting. Thank you, Bought Natural beauty, for bringing me nearer to that desire! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for taking the time to speak with us and lose some light on the really like and eyesight that our neighborhood has to give. Our world is far more wonderful mainly because of every single of you. We can not wait around to see your upcoming artwork!

Go to us in-retailer at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Metropolis to check out our 2022 Pride exhibit.