November 29, 2022


The Fashion Inside

Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson

6 min read



If you know Acquired Natural beauty, you know that our northwest attribute window is very close to our coronary heart. Extra than just visual merchandising, we watch our shop window as our opportunity to outwardly characterize Received Beauty’s character, main values, and unequivocal appreciate and assist for our community. For our summer time 2022 display we’ve teamed up with neighborhood artists, activists  and artistic geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with pleasure above it!

Designed to rejoice our extremely preferred month of the yr – Satisfaction Month, they have designed an entryway straight out of a rainbow-colored butterfly aspiration. The duo was variety enough to meet us at the Acquired Beauty headquarters and chat about the system. 

Received Elegance: June is fingers down our preferred month at Received Splendor simply because it is Pride – an chance to show our local community our appreciate and assist of equality for all. We are severely so thrilled to collaborate with you each on this challenge! Tell us, what does Pleasure month indicate to you?

ES: Pride month in Utah is about neighborhood and producing risk-free areas for marginalized individuals that never often truly feel like they can exist as their legitimate selves in their everyday lifestyle. Persons that don’t reside in this article are constantly so stunned when I discuss to them about the SLC pleasure celebrations. In these kinds of a conservative condition and city they do not count on there to be these types of a big LGBTQ+ presence. We have a really vibrant and happy queer group here. I demonstrate up for delight every calendar year simply because I feel it’s so critical for others that search like me, specially younger men and women that are in a place of exploration to know that currently being queer can look a great deal of various strategies. You are legitimate and there is no suitable or improper way to rejoice pride. At the conclude of the day it’s about self-affirmation, and coming with each other with other people that will settle for you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Delight month is a time of self-expression and enjoy! To me, I am reminded of how vital it is to like and take 1 yet another. 


GB: Becoming a woman-owned and operated enterprise, we are generally listed here to rejoice our fellow boss babes and business owners. Can you notify us a bit about your entrepreneurial work in the arts?

ES: My artwork is loud and huge, unapologetic and unrefined. I build, to choose up area, and symbolize other individuals like me. I think that art is extra than a creative outlet. It is a sort of activism. Getting an artist is a device. I approach art as a way to visually notify a story. If I can do well in capturing your focus, my hope is that it will result in you to end and imagine, then understand and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all points design, staging, and style and design. Every thing from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible artwork shows, live display choreography, and a lot more! If it demands a visual eye to make almost everything arrive together and appear cohesive and fascinating, I’m on it! 

GB: You two are rather the dynamic duo! How did you satisfy?

ES: Cj and I satisfied a couple of a long time in the past at a retail store that we labored at and she was my manager! We became good friends and even even though we no more time perform together at Blue, we collaborate often because we make a good crew. 

CA: We fulfilled at a former place of work the place I was Essie’s supervisor. The to start with time I spoke to her was in an job interview for the work. I keep in mind thinking ” This lady is a powerhouse, she’s in this earth to make a difference. What is she undertaking interviewing for retail? She need to be popular.” I am so glad I acquired to do the job so closely with her. It leads to a excellent friendship and terrific partnership in our art. 


GB: Did you increase up practising art?

ES: When I was a kid I was usually experimenting and I experienced a good deal of exciting making artwork out of founding items. I started out producing with much more intention in large school. Creating art was a pastime for me for a extended time, but I did not consider myself an artist or feel I could make it a job till the very last few many years. Imposter syndrome likely experienced a lot to do with that. Now, looking back again I understand that staying an artist has usually been aspect of my id. 

CA: As a child, I generally experimented with to locate distinctive varieties of art to best let my creative imagination out. Drawing, producing, new music… Very little caught until I located interior style and design. That’s when I understood I experienced a passion for visible screen and staging. 

GB: What are your preferred mediums?

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

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Passion Hopper”. I test distinct kinds of mediums generally, just to expertise new points. I appreciate to get crafty and produce art with my palms. But so much, my favorite would seem to be location up scenes for picture shoots. All the things from acquiring a place, deciding upon and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the shots and poses with the photographer/designs. Can you classify that as a medium? I might like to consider so. 


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

ES: I like examining, composing, camping, and staying outdoor. Correct now I’m possessing pleasurable learning how to play yet again. I not long ago acquired roller skates. I cherished skating when I was a child, and re-learning it has been a enjoyment way to de-strain from adulting.

CA: I normally seem to be to have a household renovation challenge or prepare to redecorate a little something, which retains me quite busy. I also enjoy the outside: mountaineering, kayaking, and using my 2 puppies up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Most effective for checking out. 


GB: Do you have a favorite job or series that you’ve worked on?

ES: I’m actually proud of the artwork displays I have curated. The most recent clearly show was “The Conquer of Our Blood” which was an exhibit that includes only BIPOC artists. I produced a combined media painting for the show titled “She Becomes”. The issue of the portray is a panther lady and it is my latest beloved.

CA: The Bought Elegance Summertime Pride window is my new preferred! It was so pleasurable to collaborate with Essie and the remarkable girls of Acquired Beauty to build a thing with so considerably meaning and purpose, but that is also just so pretty to appear at. Appreciate is appreciate! 

GB: So, what is up coming for every single of you?

ES: I am presently performing on a solo exhibit titled “The hearth in her eyes.” This exhibit as a whole is intended to be a commentary about the techniques in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black group have been greatly affected by Eurocentric requirements of splendor. Some pieces will be visible translations of my lived activities as a Black girl in the United States. Other pieces will emphasize the toughness, and sensuality of the black feminine form though discovering themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The show is tentatively established for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go even larger and bolder with photograph shoot staging! I have so a lot of strategies in my head of what I’d love to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, life style photographs… And ultimately, the desire is to build visual will work of art for companies to use in shows and advertising. Thank you, Bought Natural beauty, for bringing me closer to that dream! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for having the time to discuss with us and shed some light on the really like and eyesight that our local community has to present. Our globe is more gorgeous mainly because of each individual of you. We cannot wait around to see your impending artwork!

Check out us in-store at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake City to view our 2022 Satisfaction display.

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