Wil Strayhorn, a talented hair and make-up artist, educator, Image & Empowerment coach, media personality, journalist and speaker has been a beauty industry leader for over 20 years. His mastery of head-to-toe beauty has propelled him to nationally acclaimed platforms, which include but are not limited to serving as Lead Make-up Artist during both the New York Fashion Week and Miss Teen America events. As a Certified Style Coach, he assists both women and men in their journey toward discovering their unique individual styles and personal images. Through this service, Strayhorn's nationwide presentation and workshop training seminars, entitled The Power of Appearance and Look the Part were formed.
In addition to Strayhorn's many talents, he has humbly won numerous awards for his beauty and journalism works. These accolades include the NAACP's Image Awards for Best Make-up Artist (three-time winner), Media Mogul Award (two-time winner), and their Best Internet Talk Show Award, Virginia Fashion Award's Make-Up Artist of the Year and the Hair 'n Motion competition's Best Hair Colorist Award.
As a notable journalist, Strayhorn's passionate and charismatic style afforded him the Old Dominion University's WODU Awards for Best Talk Show and Show of the Year. In addition, Strayhorn has been recognized by various organizations for his community servitude and empowerment. These, along with many other accomplishments, have solidified Strayhorn's position as a premiere beauty, image and media professional with limitless growth boundaries.
A consummate professional, Strayhorn's portfolio also includes his role as
a National Educator for elite beauty brands such as L'oreal Professional and Mizani. With entrepreneurship running through his veins, Strayhorn is the founder of Let's Face It (LFI) Enterprises, and co-owner of LFI Makeup & Hair Studio, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Under LFI's umbrella, Strayhorn has an expansive beauty and media roster, which includes LFI's Make-up Services, Academy, Pageantry, Bridal, Image Makers and Media Services.
He also serves as the producer and host of the ever-popular internet radio talk show, Let's Face It with Wil Strayhorn & Friends, a platform that focuses on diversity-inspired pop-culture conversations. Adding to his array of credits, Strayhorn has multiple radio media appearances, serving as a guest on a number of radio programs, and television appearances as an on-air Make-up Expert, recurring reality show appearances, co-host for late-night television talk show, and host for multiple red carpet and live events.
By merging his first-love of beauty with his heart-felt passion of media, Strayhorn continues to share his knowledge and expertise through varying platforms across the U.S. Wil holds a Bachelor of Science Communications degree, with an emphasis in Media Studies, from Old Dominion University, and is currently working on his Masters in Human Service Counseling, with a Life Coaching concentration, from Liberty University. He is also a staff writer and Fashion & Beauty Editor for ACHI Magazine, and a Contributing Writer for a number of magazines and blogs, such as Supernaturally Fabulous Magazine and The Media Brew entertainment blog.
Although his schedule keeps him at high demand, Strayhorn successfully shares life with his loving family and friends.