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Martinez raising money for TESSA — in style

Thu, Apr 12, 2012

One on One

Gabe Martinez, 27, is very social and loves making people feel good about themselves.

It was only natural that he would become a hairstylist where he gets to talk to someone new every 45 minutes and help them find their inner and outer beauty.

When working in Denver, he used his hair and makeup talents to raise money for a variety of nonprofit organizations. He moved the Springs about seven months ago and works as a hairstylist at Studio 27. He immediately got connected to TESSA, a nonprofit organization that provides safety for women and children.

With Studio 27, he is hosting a fabulous fashion hair show “Let’s Get Together” at 6:30 p.m. April 28, at the Warehouse to raise money and awareness for TESSA. It’s a show that promises a performance dancer, 12 female models a handful of male models with the latest hairdos.

What brought you to Colorado Springs?

To keep my family together. I had been living in Denver for seven years and traveling back and forth wasn’t enough. Now both my mother and youngest sister live with me. We are Latinos; it’s in our culture to be with family. And I love my mom’s cooking. She is a very traditional woman.

When did you first know that you had a passion for hair and makeup?

My passion is for people. Hair and makeup are like the icing on the cake. I love making people feel good about themselves and helping them to see their inner beauty. (Fashion) shows like, “Let’s Get Together” unite all elements — people, artistic hair and make-up all in a social environment for a good cause, TESSA.

What is it that you love most about your profession?

The people. I’m very social and I don’t like being alone. And here, at my job, I get a chance to talk to someone new every 45 minutes, discovering a glimpse of their life.

How did you get involved with TESSA?

My friend Rebecca suggested it. She showed me their site online, and I really felt I could help. Colorado Springs has a very high sexual and mental abuse rate. TESSA provides shelter, education and support. Anything I can do to help support such a great organization, I’m glad to do.

You’ve done fund raising for nonprofit organizations in the past, how did that work come about?

Upon moving to the States with my family, so many people helped us. Now I have a chance to give back to the community, it’s important. It’s not about race, sex, or sexual orientation, it’s about supporting one another in whatever way we can.

Tell us a little about what one will see at the TESSA fundraising fashion hair show?

Oh, I don’t want to say too much, I prefer the element of surprise. But as a teaser for your readers, there will be a performance dancer, 12-plus female models, a handful of male models and a variety of local businesses that have all come together to help me put on this event. Tickets are $7 at the door and on sale at Studio 27.

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Doris Rivera-Black Says:

    Mr. Martinez,

    How wonderful you are doing this!! I love hearing about the community coming together to make a difference! God Bless you! I am also organizing an event with the TESSA Aux. to raise awareness on domestic violence. Would love to have you there! Please email me or call me!

    Doris Rivera-Black
    Founder/Instructor
    NEVER a Victim!, LLC
    (719) 339-1959
    doris@never-a-victim.org