Shawanna Davis is known as a true Innovator and holds a very special place in the hearts of the Milani team. She has always been on the creative pulse of Los Angeles’ Beauty and Style beat.
Growing up in the epitome of small-town USA, in the heart of central California, she was forced to become an Innovator. “Being from a small town helped with my individuality. I did not have access to runway designs or designer boutiques, so I was forced to be creative.”
When it came to makeup she was a late bloomer. With a self-described style as Afro-Bohemian Country Skate Soul, beauty was not a regular part of her routine until she got older.
Her best beauty related memory was when her mother begged her to wear lipstick to her prom. “I was super low maintenance, but my Mama wanted me to be FABULOUS, so she begged me to wear lipstick. I obliged and was later crowned Prom Queen.”
She was chosen as our June 2012 Beauty Stylist because of her beauty motto. She truly believes that everyone has beauty inside and out, and even reminds the Milani team that, “Wherever you are and whatever you do, don’t forget to be BEAUTIFUL.”
In March 2012 Shawanna curated the BE BEAUTIFUL project (papillionart.org/be-beautiful-project/) , which was a passion and dream of hers since the age of 7. The Be Beautiful project was created to highlight women artists in the Los Angeles area. The show was about women living, creating and being inspired by the beauty of LA and the life they live in the city of Angels.