March 4, 2024


Fashion just doctor ordered

Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson

Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Bought Magnificence, you know that our northwest element window is exceptionally shut to our heart. Far more than just visual merchandising, we perspective our shop window as our opportunity to outwardly signify Got Beauty’s individuality, core values, and unequivocal like and assist for our community. For our summer time 2022 show we have teamed up with neighborhood artists, activists  and resourceful geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with pride about it!

Intended to celebrate our extremely favourite thirty day period of the 12 months – Satisfaction Month, they have established an entryway straight out of a rainbow-colored butterfly desire. The duo was sort sufficient to satisfy us at the Acquired Attractiveness headquarters and chat about the method. 

Received Attractiveness: June is hands down our beloved month at Acquired Beauty since it is Pride – an prospect to demonstrate our local community our love and assist of equality for all. We are severely so thrilled to collaborate with you the two on this venture! Convey to us, what does Pride month necessarily mean to you?

ES: Delight thirty day period in Utah is about local community and creating risk-free spaces for marginalized folks that really do not often feel like they can exist as their accurate selves in their day to day lifestyle. Individuals that really do not dwell right here are normally so astonished when I communicate to them about the SLC pride celebrations. In such a conservative state and metropolis they really don’t expect there to be this sort of a big LGBTQ+ presence. We have a very lively and happy queer local community in this article. I exhibit up for delight just about every yr simply because I truly feel it’s so crucial for other folks that seem like me, in particular youthful people that are in a place of exploration to know that remaining queer can appear a great deal of diverse techniques. You are legitimate and there is no proper or erroneous way to rejoice pleasure. At the stop of the working day it is about self-affirmation, and coming jointly with other folks that will take you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Satisfaction month is a time of self-expression and love! To me, I’m reminded of how vital it is to enjoy and take one one more. 


GB: Remaining a woman-owned and operated business enterprise, we are usually here to rejoice our fellow manager babes and entrepreneurs. Can you convey to us a little bit about your entrepreneurial get the job done in the arts?

ES: My artwork is loud and massive, unapologetic and unrefined. I create, to get up room, and signify many others like me. I feel that art is additional than a artistic outlet. It is a form of activism. Being an artist is a instrument. I method artwork as a way to visually notify a tale. If I can triumph in capturing your consideration, my hope is that it will bring about you to stop and assume, then discover and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all points type, staging, and design. Every thing from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible artwork displays, are living display choreography, and a lot more! If it necessitates a visible eye to make all the things arrive jointly and seem cohesive and attention-grabbing, I am on it! 

GB: You two are very the dynamic duo! How did you meet up with?

ES: Cj and I achieved a several decades back at a retail shop that we labored at and she was my manager! We grew to become close friends and even though we no more time do the job collectively at Blue, we collaborate frequently because we make a terrific staff. 

CA: We satisfied at a prior spot of employment wherever I was Essie’s manager. The first time I spoke to her was in an interview for the task. I bear in mind considering ” This girl is a powerhouse, she’s in this environment to make a big difference. What is she performing interviewing for retail? She must be famed.” I am so happy I got to do the job so carefully with her. It prospects to a superb friendship and great partnership in our artwork. 


GB: Did you improve up training art?

ES: When I was a kid I was constantly experimenting and I had a great deal of exciting making art out of founding goods. I started out creating with more intention in substantial school. Earning art was a passion for me for a prolonged time, but I didn’t take into consideration myself an artist or think I could make it a occupation until finally the previous few yrs. Imposter syndrome possibly had a ton to do with that. Now, searching back again I figure out that becoming an artist has always been component of my identification. 

CA: As a child, I normally tried to come across distinctive varieties of artwork to best permit my creativity out. Drawing, composing, audio… Nothing trapped till I identified inside design and style. That is when I understood I experienced a passion for visible display and staging. 

GB: What are your favored mediums?

ES: Most of the items I create are acrylic on canvas with 3D features included into every single painting. I really like performing with silk bouquets and other supplies like moss, stones, wooden, cloth, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Pastime Hopper”. I consider distinctive kinds of mediums typically, just to experience new things. I like to get crafty and produce artwork with my arms. But so significantly, my preferred appears to be to be environment up scenes for photo shoots. Almost everything from finding a location, deciding upon and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the pictures and poses with the photographer/models. Can you classify that as a medium? I might like to feel so. 


GB: What can we capture you accomplishing when you’re away from your artistry?

ES: I enjoy looking at, composing, camping, and getting outdoors. Ideal now I’m getting enjoyment understanding how to engage in again. I a short while ago purchased roller skates. I loved skating when I was a kid, and re-understanding it has been a pleasurable way to de-worry from adulting.

CA: I usually feel to have a dwelling renovation project or system to redecorate anything, which keeps me rather active. I also love the outside: mountaineering, kayaking, and having my 2 puppies up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Finest for checking out. 


GB: Do you have a favourite task or series that you have labored on?

ES: I’m seriously very pleased of the artwork shows I have curated. The most the latest present was “The Conquer of Our Blood” which was an exhibit that includes only BIPOC artists. I created a blended media portray for the clearly show titled “She Becomes”. The subject of the portray is a panther girl and it is my current favorite.

CA: The Bought Attractiveness Summer Satisfaction window is my new preferred! It was so enjoyment to collaborate with Essie and the wonderful females of Received Elegance to generate a little something with so a lot indicating and reason, but that’s also just so fairly to search at. Enjoy is like! 

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

ES: I am currently performing on a solo exhibit titled “The hearth in her eyes.” This show as a total is meant to be a commentary about the approaches in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black neighborhood have been closely motivated by Eurocentric expectations of magnificence. Some parts will be visible translations of my lived ordeals as a Black female in the United States. Other pieces will spotlight the energy, and sensuality of the black female variety though exploring themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The clearly show is tentatively established for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go even larger and bolder with photo shoot staging! I have so numerous concepts in my head of what I’d appreciate to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, way of living pictures… And sooner or later, the dream is to generate visible functions of art for corporations to use in shows and advertising and marketing. Thank you, Received Elegance, for bringing me nearer to that desire! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for getting the time to communicate with us and shed some light on the appreciate and eyesight that our neighborhood has to offer. Our environment is more attractive for the reason that of every of you. We can not wait around to see your approaching artwork!

Stop by us in-retail store at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Metropolis to watch our 2022 Satisfaction screen.