Virtual Earth Jam 2023 Recap and Winner Announced!

In 2004, the Nurtur Aveda Institutes put on an annual fashion benefit as a vehicle for our students to show off their talents and passion in a themed event that raised money for local charities. In 2021, Earth Jam evolved into a virtual event to continue to offer a unique opportunity for our students.

For the 2023 Virtual Earth Jam, our students were tasked to create hair and makeup looks inspired by a selection of Icons of The Beauty Industry. Five concepts were chosen from each location to participate in a photoshoot with internationally reknowned photographer, Nick Spanos. From those photoshoots, a finalist from each location was chosen and eligible for a $2,000 scholarship for each of its team members. The five finalist images were voted on by a panel of beauty professionals to name a grand prize winner.

On May 24th the Nurtur Aveda Institutes community came together virtually to celebrate the talents and hard work of our students through our Virtual Earth Jam show and announce the location finalists and grand prize winner. Watch the full virtual show above and enjoy a closer look at each of this years entries below!

Photos by Nick Spanos


Team Members: Tanya Kennedy, Erin Huber, Kait Rockwell, Josephine Frankville
Location: Aveda Fredric's Institute Indianapolis
Designer: Antoinette Beenders




Antoinette beenderS (chapel hill WINNER)

Members: Julia Gates, Ashlee Piliouras, Hannah Jones

Tippi shorter

Members: Kadejah Harding, Latasha Adkins, Sun-ya Carraway, Shamori Worrells, Kaitlyn Pugh

Vivienne Mackinder

Members: Amanda Ciprian, Michaela Lockridge, Helvin John, Kaleigh Davis, Olivia Smith

Ted Gibson

Members: Carolina Mehera, Lauren Carver, Sophie Myre, Avery Asparro


Members: Strider Littleton, Ruby Cartwright, Sam Robertson, Jessica Vega



Antoinette beenderS (Columbus winner)

Members: Shelby Mitchell, Hannah Sobony, McKayla Mejia, Cami Raquel, Shaquan Burris

Vidal Sassoon

Members:  Gretchen Rife, Emma Inman, Desiree Mcdowell, Khaila Moore, Charlotte Dunlap

Tippi Shorter

Members:  Chanel Sosa, Karen Sealey, Michelle Garcia, Jesse Barnett

vivienne mackinder

Members:  Rachael Conway, Mya Edwards, Sabina Ghimirey, Ayse Al-refaai, DeNayja Pruitt


Members:  Liberty Lowe, Brooklyn Koster, Grace Schutte, Madison Petry, Julie Kuder

AVEDA Fredric's INSTITUTE Cincinnati TOP 5


Antoinette beenderS (CINCINNATI WINNER)

Members: Kailee Hoskins, Frankie Bundy, Kat Neyer, Ashley Schloss, Frances Dunlap


Vidal Sassoon

Members:  Hannah Salyer, Frankie Leininger, Ashley Lang, Vincent Donovan, Grace Mason

Tippi Shorter

Members:  Mckenna Simpson, Lucille Banks, Makayla Kempton, Emma Alsip, Daja Brown

vivienne mackinder

Members:  Alexis Hamilton, Kristina Robinson, Graceann Pelfrey, Mackenzie Scott, Olivia Trombley


TED Gibson

Members:  Francesca Camilli, Katherine Reed, Zoe Smith, Lillian Steiner, Bailey Pop

AVEDA Fredric's INSTITUTE Indianapolis TOP 5


Antoinette beenderS (Indianapolis & Grand prize WINNER)

Members:  Tanya Kennedy, Erin Huber, Kait Rockwell, Josephine Frankville

vidal sassoon

Members:  Andrea Torres, Claire Thesier, Kaleb Darst, Madison Shoo

tippi shorter

Members:   Cassandra Cazares, Nathaly Hernandez, Jenn Tobian, Myia Powers

vivienne mackinder

Members:  Haylee Rich, Lauren Hannemann, Alexis Marie, Emily McLean, Meredith Goldman

TED Gibson

Members:  Sydney King, Hannah Lafave, Karly Lane, Ashley Sharma

college of wilmington TOP 5


vidal sassoon (wilmington winner)

Members:  Jaclyn Collins, Jessi Fleming, Grace K, Bailey Foxbower

Tippi shorter

Members:  Claudia Ruiz Irizarry,Chelsea Fugon, Stephanie Lugo, Morgan Gunn, Genesis Boggs

Vivienne mackinder

Members:  Cayli Haney, Melayna Hinks, Meghan Halpin, Taylor Smith, Dom Grazioplene

Antoinette Beenders

Members:  Ta'nia Stackhouse, Kayla Jacktane, Adajja Davis, Julissa Botello, Will Stephanen Arnette

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