June 25, 2024


It's A Shop Adventure

Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson

Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Got Attractiveness, you know that our northwest element window is exceptionally close to our coronary heart. Much more than just visible merchandising, we watch our store window as our possibility to outwardly signify Received Beauty’s individuality, core values, and unequivocal really like and help for our group. For our summer season 2022 show we’ve teamed up with local artists, activists  and artistic geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with satisfaction over it!


Built to celebrate our quite favored thirty day period of the calendar year – Delight Month, they have made an entryway straight out of a rainbow-coloured butterfly desire. The duo was type enough to meet up with us at the Bought Natural beauty headquarters and chat about the course of action. 

Obtained Beauty: June is hands down our beloved thirty day period at Got Natural beauty mainly because it’s Delight – an prospect to present our community our really like and support of equality for all. We are critically so energized to collaborate with you equally on this undertaking! Convey to us, what does Pride month indicate to you?

ES: Satisfaction thirty day period in Utah is about neighborhood and building risk-free areas for marginalized people that do not always sense like they can exist as their accurate selves in their day-to-day lifestyle. Persons that really do not dwell right here are usually so stunned when I discuss to them about the SLC satisfaction celebrations. In this kind of a conservative condition and metropolis they really do not anticipate there to be these a enormous LGBTQ+ presence. We have a extremely vibrant and happy queer group right here. I show up for pride every calendar year simply because I really feel it’s so important for others that seem like me, especially younger persons that are in a space of exploration to know that currently being queer can appear a good deal of unique ways. You are valid and there is no ideal or wrong way to rejoice satisfaction. At the stop of the day it is about self-affirmation, and coming together with other people that will take you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Pride thirty day period is a time of self-expression and enjoy! To me, I am reminded of how crucial it is to enjoy and take one particular yet another. 


GB: Staying a feminine-owned and operated small business, we are always right here to rejoice our fellow boss babes and business people. Can you notify us a little bit about your entrepreneurial function in the arts?

ES: My artwork is loud and significant, unapologetic and unrefined. I generate, to consider up area, and symbolize some others like me. I believe that art is a lot more than a imaginative outlet. It is a sort of activism. Getting an artist is a software. I method artwork as a way to visually inform a story. If I can thrive in capturing your consideration, my hope is that it will lead to you to prevent and feel, then study and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all issues fashion, staging, and design and style. Every little thing from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visual art displays, live exhibit choreography, and additional! If it involves a visible eye to make every little thing occur with each other and glance cohesive and attention-grabbing, I’m on it! 

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

ES: Cj and I satisfied a couple yrs ago at a retail store that we worked at and she was my manager! We became close friends and even even though we no for a longer time perform jointly at Blue, we collaborate frequently mainly because we make a great team. 

CA: We satisfied at a prior spot of employment the place I was Essie’s manager. The initially time I spoke to her was in an job interview for the job. I bear in mind pondering ” This girl is a powerhouse, she’s in this globe to make a difference. What is she performing interviewing for retail? She should really be popular.” I am so happy I got to perform so carefully with her. It prospects to a superb friendship and fantastic partnership in our art. 


GB: Did you increase up training art?

ES: When I was a kid I was always experimenting and I experienced a good deal of fun making art out of founding things. I started off creating with additional intention in significant school. Making artwork was a hobby for me for a prolonged time, but I didn’t contemplate myself an artist or consider I could make it a vocation until the previous number of several years. Imposter syndrome in all probability experienced a lot to do with that. Now, wanting back I identify that being an artist has usually been component of my id. 

CA: As a child, I frequently attempted to locate diverse varieties of artwork to finest permit my creativity out. Drawing, crafting, new music… Absolutely nothing caught till I uncovered inside structure. That is when I realized I experienced a passion for visual exhibit and staging. 

GB: What are your preferred mediums?

ES: Most of the pieces I produce are acrylic on canvas with 3D things integrated into every portray. I adore working with silk flowers and other products like moss, stones, wooden, fabric, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Hobby Hopper”. I check out distinct types of mediums typically, just to expertise new matters. I like to get crafty and build art with my fingers. But so much, my preferred would seem to be environment up scenes for image shoots. Almost everything from acquiring a locale, picking out and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the shots and poses with the photographer/designs. Can you classify that as a medium? I would like to assume so. 


GB: What can we catch you accomplishing when you’re absent from your artistry?

ES: I enjoy examining, producing, camping, and staying outdoors. Ideal now I’m acquiring fun understanding how to play once again. I recently acquired roller skates. I loved skating when I was a child, and re-mastering it has been a pleasurable way to de-pressure from adulting.

CA: I constantly look to have a residence renovation task or prepare to redecorate a thing, which keeps me quite occupied. I also adore the outdoors: mountaineering, kayaking, and taking my 2 canines up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Finest for checking out. 


GB: Do you have a favorite venture or sequence that you’ve labored on?

ES: I’m definitely proud of the art exhibits I have curated. The most current show was “The Beat of Our Blood” which was an show featuring only BIPOC artists. I produced a combined media portray for the present titled “She Becomes”. The subject matter of the portray is a panther girl and it is my recent favourite.

CA: The Bought Natural beauty Summer season Pride window is my new beloved! It was so exciting to collaborate with Essie and the awesome women of Acquired Natural beauty to create anything with so substantially that means and objective, but that’s also just so pretty to glimpse at. Adore is adore! 

GB: So, what’s following for each of you?

ES: I am currently operating on a solo exhibit titled “The fire in her eyes.” This exhibit as a full is intended to be a commentary about the strategies in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black local community have been closely influenced by Eurocentric expectations of attractiveness. Some items will be visual translations of my lived encounters as a Black lady in the United States. Other items will emphasize the toughness, and sensuality of the black feminine variety while discovering themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The present is tentatively established for November 2022. 

CA: I am dying to go bigger and bolder with picture shoot staging! I have so a lot of concepts in my head of what I might enjoy to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, life-style photographs… And inevitably, the dream is to develop visible operates of art for corporations to use in shows and marketing. Thank you, Bought Attractiveness, for bringing me closer to that aspiration! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for using the time to communicate with us and get rid of some mild on the appreciate and eyesight that our group has to give. Our environment is a lot more wonderful mainly because of every single of you. We cannot wait to see your approaching art!

Take a look at us in-keep at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake City to view our 2022 Pleasure exhibit.