Taylor Taurua-Aramoana – Indulge Beauty
After attending a career expo during her final year of high school, Taylor decided to move to Auckland from Whakatane to pursue a Level 5 Diploma in Professional Face, Body & Spa Therapies at Elite School of Beauty and Spa.
Since graduating in 2015, Taylor has broadened her horizons and secured valuable work experience across Auckland. Over a decade later, her career journey has looped back to her hometown of Whakatane where she is a senior beauty therapist at Indulge Beauty.
With Indulge Beauty, she is driven to create an inclusive environment for Māori by incorporating Te Ao Māori into the workplace.
During her time in Auckland, Taylor developed her work-ready skills with multi-national brand ‘Benefit Cosmetics’ as a brow artist – eventually working her way up to a manager role at Benefit’s flagship studio in the CBD.
This gave her the opportunity to represent New Zealand in San Francisco at Benefit Cosmetic’s Glambassador awards.
“I got to see the city and work with celebrity makeup artists. I had barely left Whakatane, so to head over to the United States for this opportunity was a huge achievement for me,” shared Taylor.
“I also had the opportunity to help wahine who were losing their hair because of medical treatment. By offering my services to style their eyebrows, I was able to greatly build their confidence.”
“After going through alopecia for two years, I was able to truly empathise with their experiences.”
Te Ao Māori journey
Alongside her mahi, Taylor will be doing a full-immersion Māori course through Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
“I’ve always been passionate about my heritage and culture as a proud Māori.”
Taylor aims to bring elements of Te Ao Māori into the workspace, particularly through the language, and is eager to see more Māori entering the beauty therapy industry.
“We need more Māori people to diversify the industry; we have our own way that we look at beauty and that outlook is so needed in beauty therapy.”
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