Hi, my name is Oribe, and, I'm doing the Victoria's Secret show this time. It's the first I'll do it, so I'm super, super excited. The theme for the show is return to glamour, so of course, they're gonna be very glamorous. So, I really want to expose the cheekbones, expose the faces, and then have the beautiful, you know, sexy hair that, that we all love from Victoria's Secret.
I always try to make women look beautiful and sexual in a non-vulgar sort of way. There's always a bit of exaggeration even if it's natural. It's a little, a little pushed. I mean, I always try to make these girls into dreams, you know, inspirational to other women.
I grew up in North Carolina. And as a child, I never, never really wanted to be a hairdresser. I wanted to just go to New York and be in some sort of show business of some sort. So, I arrived in New York and realized, uh, maybe show business isn't for me. So, I went to work at a hair salon as a receptionist and saw that, wow, this could be something that I could totally get into. Everyone thinks that, you know, for me, that was a fast start, but actually, I've been doing this for 30 years. In the beginning, it was sort of difficult to get going. I just worked really hard. I never said no to any sort of shooting. And then, one day a photographer named Bill King calls me up. After Bill King, I started working with Richard Avedon, and from there, Steven Meisel. So, it was really just waiting around for the right photographer. But it was, you know, I worked hard at it to get going.
There's a recent one that really meant a lot to me, the Kate Winslet Vanity Fair cover. It was so amazing because Steven and I hadn't worked together in about 20 years. So, we worked together again, it's Kate Winslet. The concept was just totally up my alley. And, so I guess the most recent one is, is certainly Kate Winslet for Vanity Fair with Steven Meisel. Amazing.
I've always had salons. In, um, in '88, '87, I opened a salon on the West Side called the Oribe at Parachute. Elizabeth Arden Salon opened in '91. And that was spectacular. I mean, it was an enormous salon, done very over-the-top Venetian. It's a great salon. In '95, I opened one here in Miami at, at the Coral House. This one here, it's a smaller salon that I'm used to, but it's perfect. It's very simple and we always work, show our work here. This is my station. The shampoo room, which is, you know, it's really simple. We try to keep it all super simple and clean. I think clean is very important.
And there was a comic book in the '90s that we had made. So, we have the mafias in front of it. There's, um, it's me fighting split ends, that's split ends. And so, I go rescue the, the secret formula to get rid of split ends. So, that's kind of fun and entertaining. These are neat looking and everything. I make sure that I have, uh, I'm watching everything.
The salon has always been part of my culture. I think, I believe that it's important to not only do beautiful women and, you know, it's Fantasia at work when you do shootings, but it's also nice to bring that and just interpret it to the world.