International Women’s Day

Celebrating International Women’s Day at Karine Jackson Hair & Beauty Salon in Seven Dials, London

It’s International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March and here at Karine Jackson we love an inspirational woman! Here the team share which women have inspired them the most.

Katie Nicolaou – Graduate Stylist:  MALALA YOUSIFAZI

At such a young age Malala chose to stand up and fight for what she believed in. She stood up to one of the biggest terrorist groups in the world. Even though she was receiving death threats and was shot in the head she still continued to speak up for girl power and women’s equality. We need more young people like her who will speak up for themselves and people as a whole. 

In this day and age it’s difficult to stand up for what you believe in but it’s so important to because if we stay silent nothing will change.

She is an inspiration not only to young women but to the whole younger generation.

Simon Hall – Colour Specialist:  VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

Vivienne Westwood is one of the biggest designers in the world and inspires me because she stood up for her designs even though she was laughed at.

I love that all her collections are unisex, beautifully fitted and colourful. Vivienne Westwood says, “It is not possible for a man to be elegant without a touch of femininity.”

Vivienne is largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new waves fashions into the mainstream market. She was inspired by the shock-value of punk—”seeing if one could put a spoke in the system”.

In 2011 Vivienne travelled to Africa for the first time at the invitation of the international trade centre of the United Nations. She has set up a scheme to help out this property in Kenya with now over 250 women employed to produce bags and handcrafted items under the Vivienne Westwood label using a range of recycled materials.

Sophia Osborne – Senior Stylist and Curl Specialist:  SYLVIA RIVERA

Sylvia was an American gay liberation and transgender activist and very significant in the LGBT history!

Many trans women in today’s generation show a lot of gratitude towards her. Sylvia was a member of ‘Stonewall’, a massive charity founded back in the 1980s to help LGBT rights.



Anna Hayes – Style Director and Perm Specialist:  FRIDA KAHLO

Frida Kahlo is an inspiration to me because even though she was involved in a terrible road accident, she didn’t let that affect her life. After the accident, she was unable to walk so she turned to creating beautiful and magnificent works of art from her bedside. Many of her creations were self-portraits of herself which showed her pain and grief but also passion for life. After 30 years and 35 operations later she learned how to walk again.

Frida loved fashion, which reflects in how she presented herself; from her hair, red lipstick and defined eyebrows to her colourful beautiful outfits.

Today she is a big inspiration in the arts, fashion and media industry. Frida’s exhibitions are a constant sell-out with artists and fashion designers who love to use their interpretation of her style in their creations.
Whenever Frida Kahlo is mentioned I think what an amazing brave influential woman she grew to be.
Frida Kahlo 1907 -1954

Hatice Dag – Assistant:  MY MUM

My mum has struggled through life with her degree and raising a family without any help. Anyone would say having 5 children is hard, especially when all of them are so close in age.

My mum was strong-willed and never gave up when times were tough. She would always make sure we had clean clothes for school and food on the table.

Her motherhood has inspired me to be strong and relay the same message to my children when I start a family.

Sam Honeywell – Salon Co-ordinator: VICTORIA BECKHAM

My inspirational woman is Victoria Beckham. 

Victoria started a girl band in 1994, which soon became one of the biggest girl groups of my generation. ‘Spice Girls’ sang about girl power, which is why they inspired me.

She became a hair icon! 

She has since become a respected fashion designer, with her designs appearing in London Fashion Week. 

Victoria has also supported numerous charities including save the children and UNIAIDS. She then went on to receive an OBE for all her hard work with charities and fashion.

Even though she has had constant criticism in the press for being too skinny, miserable and diet obsessed, she continues to send out the message of female empowerment.

Liesl van Kervel – Snr. Therapist & Salon Manager:  MARIE CURIE

Marie Curie was a pioneering, two-time Nobel prize winning scientist (also the first woman to win the prize and the first woman to win it twice) whose research into radioactivity saved countless lives.

What she taught us is perseverance. Marie Curie was unable to attend University in Poland (because she was a woman) so decided to move to Paris, just to continue her education. She was also known for her honesty and moderate lifestyle.

Having received a small scholarship in 1893, she returned it in 1897 as soon as she began earning her keep. She gave much of her first Nobel Prize money to friends, family, students, and research associates. Marie Curie intentionally refrained from patenting the radium-isolation process, so that the scientific community could do research unhindered. She insisted that monetary gifts and awards be given to the scientific institutions she was affiliated with rather than to her. She and her husband often refused awards and medals. Albert Einstein reportedly remarked that she was probably the only person who could not be corrupted by fame. 

Alasdair Thomson – Style Director:  IRENE SENDLER

During WW2 Irene got permission to work in the ghetto as a sewer/plumber, however, she had other motives. Irene smuggled Jewish infants out from the bottom of her toolbox whilst carrying a burlap sack to carry the larger children. She kept a dog in the back of her truck that she trained to bark when the Nazis let her in and out of the ghetto. This was extremely clever as the barking was to cover up the noises of the children.

She saved over 2500 children, keeping all of their names in a jar that she buried in her back yard.

Ultimately she was caught and beaten severely having both her legs and arms broken. She was imprisoned.

After the war she tried to track down any of the parents that may have survived so they could be reunited. Unfortunately, the majority had been gassed.

In 2007 Irene was nominated for a Nobel Prize. She lost to Al Gore for his slide show on Global warming.

Died May 12th 2008. Age 98.