May is nationally recognized as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage and History Month, or AAPI Month informally. At StyldLife, we want to make expert advice from celebrity stylist as easily accessible to all our clientele. At the same time, we also want to provide a platform for voices belonging in marginalized communities to be heard. We value diversity and inclusivity in our team, so in honor of AAPI month, we reached out to one of our incredible stylists, Lou Factora, and asked her what it means to be represented and to work in the fashion and beauty industry as an AAPI woman.
What inspired you to work in the industry?
I always loved playing dress-up. I remember being a young girl dressing up my little cousin and doing her hair and makeup. Also, I fell in love with makeup even more while I was on a National tour with Miss Saigon. We would do our own makeup and I just enjoyed it.
What is the process like? What are the highs and lows of being a part of this industry?
I definitely experience challenging moments, especially since I became a mother. I had to balance family life and my career and I still do, but it’s the getting to do what I love that makes it all worthwhile.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I recently finished working on a film in which I was the department head of hair and makeup.
Did you have any AAPI role models you looked up to? And why?
I am just so proud of all the women who have become successful and reached leadership roles as Asian American. It means they worked their butts off to get to where they are.
Is there anyone who identifies as AAPI that you hope to work with some day?
I would love to collaborate with any AAPI folks in the beauty industry.
Why is AAPI representation so important?
We are such a fantastic group, very talented, intelligent and interesting. We can pretty much do it all and we would love to share that with the world.
Finally, how did you hear about StyldLife and what made you want to work with StyldLife?
I’ve been with StyldLife for years… I believe when Julie was just starting it. I’m glad I’m still able to work with the company.
This month is meant to highlight the amazing accomplishment the AAPI community has achieved. From fashion, beauty, film, politics, the AAPI community has played a huge part in all of it. We’re so lucky to be able to work with stylists like Lou Factora and we hope that using our platform to uplift AAPI voices inspires you to do the same. Celebrate AAPI month with empathy, kindness, and respect. Happy Asian American Pacific Islander month!