The beauty and fashion industry is an ever-expanding, ever-changing and ever-fascinating industry. It’s an ever-growing industry with numerous opportunities. That makes make-up artists as one of the most interesting professions in the beauty industry. It’s like a magician who uses hand as a tool to transform the human’s figures, through skills and creativity, helping people to look their best. It could then enhance a person’s self-confidence and bringing colour into their life. In this article, we will be presenting the story of Madam Monica, a truly legend of our local beauty industry. Madam Monica is one of the well-known make-up artists in East Coast Malaysia. Many are not aware that she is actually a student of the renowned stylist in Hong Kong, Cheng Ming Ming. She is regarded as “the godmother of international beauty”. We could sense the shadow of Cheng Ming Ming in Madam Monica.
Never be too tired to do what you love. Under the tutelage of Cheng Ming Ming, Madam Monica then established her own brand Maison Monica in Sarawak, and it has been in the industry for nearly 50 years. Her very first salon, Maison Monica Salon De Beaute, which she opened in 1971, is the oldest and most established salon in Sarawak. There’s no such thing as a free lunch; success can only be acquired by hard work and efforts. Her success is the best testimonial of her endeavour. Her love and passion for beauty and enthusiasm for make-up drove her to what she is today, and those experiences have enriched her life. Madam Monica works tirelessly in endorsing professional beauty and hairdressing training courses. She enthusiastically shares her knowledge, experiences and gains, in hope to impart them to the younger generations, and makes contribution in the effort to toil the continuous development of the entire industry. Madam Monica has trained countless students; she was fighting the war alone from the beginning. But now, she has a dedicated team working together to create a channel, allowing the younger generations to have a better platform to perform and progress.
In the interview, Madam Monica also shared her past experiences as a bridal make-up artist. During the peak season, she would be pushed so hard, days and nights are fully occupied. Besides doing the bridal make-up, she has to organize the hairstyles, wedding bouquets and bridal car decoration too. A lone ranger took on everything on her own. In those days, wedding photos were taken on the same day as the wedding ceremonies and banquets, it was a hectic schedule. She then realised she needs a team in order for her to progress on more of her goals. Looking back, Madam Monica always has lots of “happiness” in her career, she has crafted heaps of happy moments behind the scenes for countless happy marriages.
Every failure is a stepping stone to success, but every success can also bring you down if you are complacent and not chasing the next goal with modesty. Kindness, modesty and willing to go the extra mile keep Madam Monica moving towards victory. She holds an altruistic attitude, always be kind and meticulous. She devotes herself in charity works and often leads her students to contribute to charity events, to give back to society. Every failure is a stepping stone to success, but every success can also bring you down if you are complacent and not chasing the next goal with modesty.
Madam Monica is also the winner of Sarawak’s most outstanding female entrepreneur. The award was an unexpected surprise. She was abroad at the time when her daughter called to inform her about the award-winning. No one could reap these honourable achievements without genuine ability and talent. Madam Monica decodes “beauty” with her own talent and skills, and created her beauty legend with her amusing experiences.
Thanks for your great contributions to the industry, Madam Monica.