Flavia Leal, the founder of the Flavia Leal Beauty School, hails from Brazil. She arrived in the United States in 2000 to pursue a better life for her and her family. The beauty expert and motivational speaker has overcome numerous obstacles and heartbreak over the course of her life, but it has all brought her to creating a stout career and life.
Leal worked well over 80 hours per week while also working on her college degree, raising her child as a single mother and living in less-than-average housing standards. Things got worse in 2008, when her father died, followed by her mother in 2009 and her daughter was then diagnosed with ADHD as well.
"Do what you have to do, not what you want to do," Leal said. "When our minds get tired, we don't want to open the door because of what is on the other side, but we have to do these things to grow."
Instead of conceding and giving up, Leal found the courage to finish school and then opened her first school in 2010, followed by her makeup line in 2012. She then purchased her second school in 2013, from a previous owner who had run it for over 52 years, bringing it back to life. Success ensued as she built a clientele and social following as well. In conjunction with two schools, she also advanced her makeup line and created a series of workshops.
Having scaled her businesses, and realizing her unique beauty and makeup skills, teaching and ability to motivate students, she advanced her career as a widely-recognized beauty expert. The world-renowned Leal has also been recognized for her contributions to the industry in countries like France, Austria and Brazil, among others.
The motivational speaker is licensed in manicures, esthetics, artificial nail techniques, eyebrow design, airbrush, is a teacher of esthetics and makeup, and is a cosmetics products demonstrator as well. Additionally, she has also been invited to many countries to demonstrate and has earned countless accolades, laurels and awards along her journey.
Leal takes pride in her signature moniker, 'Meet people. Help people. Be generous.', and for the numerous students to come through the doors of the Flavia Leal Beauty School and graduate, this could not be more perfect when applied to her personality and beliefs.
The curriculum at the Flavia Leal Beauty School includes more than just traditional beauty techniques, students also build valuable mindset-shifting methods to help them level up and find success in both their personal and professional lives.
Teachings at Flavia Leal Beauty School include skills across esthetics, manicures, cosmetology and other forms of advanced education and international certifications too. Students of all backgrounds are invited to earn licenses and achieve all their dreams. Beauty students prepare for their careers, garner the necessary skills, and also are uplifted in their personal lives as well.
"Everything is possible. It depends on what you want and believe in, despite where you come from or who you are," said Leal. "I like to help people. No one can tell anyone that they are not good enough. I opened my school to help all students, regardless of where they come from."
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