HND Performing Arts Specialist Make-up student Emily Smith has made quite the impression at the WorldSkills UK event 2018.
Excelling in the body art competition, the previous gold medallist gained the highest score on record. With this exciting win under her belt, Emily has been invited to join the prestigious WorldSkills UK Squad as an ambassador. This extraordinary opportunity will see Emily travel around the UK and internationally helping inspire other learners in the area of hair and beauty.
Discussing her impressive achievements, Emily said, “After achieving gold in 2016, I am overwhelmed to achieve the highest points gained at WorldSkills UK 2018 with 91/100. This is an amazing achievement and I am excited about the opportunities this will bring for me such as becoming an ambassador.”
With the theme of the body art competition being history, Emily chose a thought-provoking take on Guy Fawkes. Emily’s piece included detailed body paint, intricate prosthetics, accessories and themed props including gallows and a bonfire pit.
When asked what she had enjoyed showing she can do at the event, Emily responded, “I have enjoyed competing and showcasing my skills to create a look that I am extremely proud of. It gives so much opportunity to interact with others and share ideas.”
Claire Bunclark, Curriculum Manager for Hair & Beauty, added: “WorldSkills UK is a fantastic experience for our learners to showcase their skills working three days at such a huge and prestigious event representing the Hair and Beauty industry for the UK. I spoke to other managers of competing finalists and they were absolutely blown away by the quality of make-up and creative skills of Emily.”
With Emily taking on an ambassadorship, she has been thinking about what it means take a course in Hair and Media and Make up. When asked what advice she would give to people thinking about undertaking a course in the area, Emily said, “The advice I would give is to attend as many events and network with others as much as possible whilst on the course. Say yes to everything and get your name out there. Always be enthusiastic and think outside the box.”