With her latest collection, The Lesbian Hairstylists Dream of Working in the West, Jules Skaught, hairdresses more than just anyone else.
The 29-year-old is a self-proclaimed lesbian and an active member of the LGBT community, having been married to a man for over five years.
She says that the idea of working at a major American fashion brand had been on her list for years, but her partner, who is also a lesbian, would never be able to join in.
“We’ve been together for five years, and we’ve only had sex once, so that was not a big deal,” she says.
“I’m sure we’d all love to work there, but we just never had the chance to.”
Skaught’s work is also very different from the norm. “
So I ended up going up to the bar and going out to the dance floor, and all of a sudden I found out it’s all open to all people.”
Skaught’s work is also very different from the norm.
While other models wear a strapless bra and high heels, Skaught’s hairdos are completely bare.
“The thing that I find so amazing about being a lesbian is that I’ve never had to wear any kind of bra.
That’s amazing because when you have a woman who wears a bra it can be quite isolating, and it can actually be hard for you to feel comfortable,” she said.
“You want to be able wear something to be like, ‘OK, this is normal, this isn’t like my body’.”
Skaught, who grew up in the south of France, said that her love for fashion has been growing since she met her partner.
“It was a big reason why I went to the UK, because in France you don’t have a lot of options,” she explained.
“If you’re a lesbian and you like a dress, you can get it.
It’s so easy to go to the beach and buy a dress for yourself, and then go to a shop and have it tailored.
You can buy a lot more clothes.
So, the idea that it’s something I’m not really interested in was huge.”
Skatched has always been attracted to fashion, but she started working in fashion in the US in 2006 when she was 18.
“After I got married and I moved back to France I realised I really liked it, but I couldn’t find a place,” she told TechRadars.
“And then I thought, ‘Well, maybe I should make it myself.
Maybe I should do my own thing.'”
Her first foray into fashion came in 2008 when she bought a dress made by Glamour for her wedding reception, and now she’s working in a number of high-end brands.
“In the last two or three years, I’ve bought about 200 dresses, and a lot are made by a lot people,” she revealed.
“A lot of them are couture, but also a lot by people who have had very different experiences.”
Skaught also admits that she was surprised to find that most of the models at her event were lesbians.
“There were a lot, but the ones that I did work with I found really funny,” she admitted.
“I had a friend who was a model, and she said she’d never had any lesbian clients before.
I was like, that’s great, but where are the lesbians?
It just felt like a waste of money.”
Skilled stylists are rare in the fashion industry, but Skaught says that there is a need for the profession to change.
“One of the things I love about working in this industry is that it gives me a lot to work on, and you can always make something,” she concluded.
“When I was working with a few designers at my event, they were really supportive and kind.
They gave me the tools and they helped me get my career started.”
You can read more of Skaughts work in The Lesbian Hairdresser’s Dream of working In the West collection on the company’s website.
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