Today we’re excited to introduce you to Kristin Rossi. Kristin is an International Nail Artist and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Kristin below.
Hi Kristin, thank you so much for sitting down with us again. For folks who might have missed our initial interview, can you start by briefly introducing yourself?
Hi Readers! My name is Kristin Rossi! I am an international nail artist specializing in international fashion shows, editorial photo shoots, and a high-profile clientele. I am the proud owner and creator of the Nails By KR brand. I’ve been a licensed nail tech since 1992, and have owned and operated salons in Michigan, Florida, and now Colorado.
How did you originally make the transition from a client-based nail artist to an internationally shown nail artist? What was that first step?
I had relocated to Denver from Florida, about 10 years ago. I quickly built up a solid clientele base, and shortly after was approached by a local production company to be the sole nail artist for Artopia. For those of you who are not familiar with Artopia, it’s an annual night of art, food, music, and fashion featuring artists and performers from the local Denver area. Being the risk taker, I am, having been asked to be the sole nail artist for multiple designers in one night is of course the kind of opportunity I would jump at, and then the panic set in. However, I find my best work is done under a good amount of pressure. I was completely in my element that night, despite being a bit of a green horn, and discovered I loved the feeling of being there knees deep in nails, models and other creatives, it is complete chaos, but at the same time exhilarating. From that night on the flood gates opened and the jobs started rolling in. It was the perfect platform for my brand to be seen and taken seriously. It’s a true testament of how hard work, determination and staying the course will get you everywhere.
How do you like doing fashion shows versus photo shoots? What are the major differences?
Fashion Shows tend to be very loud and chaotic, and the stress and pressure is immense, especially when you are the sole nail artist, but at the same time the whole experience is intoxicating. Not to mention traveling abroad doesn’t suck. Photoshoots tend to be a bit more quiet, organized and chill. The setting is more one and one, and you can really take your time to make sure everything. is just right. It’s amazing to be there during production, and then see the end result in print. The feeling of opening up a magazine and seeing your name, and your work in those pages is something I cannot describe. What I love about both of them is meeting new people, and ultimately the goal is the same. To create a work of art.
What was it like to be invited to do London Fashion Week? How was the experience being there?
Honestly, I was a little in shock. I kind of thought it was a joke, but I quickly realized it was legit, and like always I did not think twice. I just responded “Yes! How many models, and what are the dates?” Once again, panic set in. What was the experience like? In one word, exhausting. Of course, I don’t travel alone. Miss Pearl came with me, my guiding light, the air I breathe, my lifeline, the woman I can’t do anything without. So, traveling with her, I just show up. She makes everything easy and efficient, and I just follow her around. The show was taking place less than 24 hours after we landed. We were completely jet lagged once we landed, and immediately had to go to rehearsal. The entire rehearsal day took us into the wee hours of the morning. All in all, we didn’t get into bed until 2am, and had to be up and at the show at 8am the next day. We might have had bags under our eyes, but it’s called fashion sweetie, look it up. Being backstage was as always chaotic, hot, and stressful all in tight quarters. With all that going on there’s still so much fun and comradery with people from all over the globe. People who 10 minutes ago were strangers to you, are now your friends for life.
How does it feel to have your work shown and published all over the world?
It’s kind of hard to describe. It’s something I don’t really think about. I’m doing nails all day, home schooling my children, cooking cleaning taking care of my home and my family. To me, I’m just mom. I’ve never really taken the time or thought to think about it. I guess it’s pretty cool. I’m not sure it’s ever really set in. I’ve never taken the time to reflect on it, however, I do like to be able to say I’m an international nail artist. If anything, I’m proud of where my hard work has gotten me.
Where else have we seen your work? What other platforms?
In the past 18 months you’ve seen my work at Milan Fashion Week, in Lucy’s magazine, 7 Hues, Elegant Magazine, Malvie, Féroce, VZSN, Opium Red, Faddy, Pump, Solstice, London Runway, L’Officiell Lithuania, Huff Magazine, Flannel, Obvious, Basic, a private Netflix show and many other local fashion shows and magazines.
What does Nails By KR have in store for us next?
Well as you know I am going to change the world one manicure at a time. While I’m doing that, I will also be launching my new website, which will introduce my new product line Body By KR, and my top-secret new nail business that will revolutionize the nail world as we see it today!
- Facebook: Nails By KR
Photography – Caroline Miller
Hair – Molly Akinbanjo
Model – Jacqueline Waring
PA – Pearl Salas
Nails – Kristin Rossi