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How Melanie Was Made

In nearly three decades of doing session hair and makeup for the entertainment industry, Melanie Shelley has built an impressive and exciting resume. With intensive New York training alongside top editorial stylists Oribe, Danilo, Kevin Mancuso and Losi,  Melly's independent work has been featured in countless major fashion and music magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, ElleMEN,  Allure, People, NATIVE, O, Billboard, Vegas, Cosmopolitan, Interview and US Weekly.


Traveling between New York and Nashville,  Melanie was featured in 2001 as one of VOGUE Magazine's young "rising star" stylists. Melanie continued to build notoriety for her forward-reaching editorial work with photographers Norman Jean Roy, Robert Ascroft III, Annie Leibowitz and Frank Ockenfels,  but her catapult into the public eye came from her creation of the now-famous "Binx" haircut [since copied by Rihanna,  Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and many others] which rocket-launched the young gender-bending beauty Leona "Binx" Walton to supermodel stardom. Binx now walks the runways of Yves St. Laurent, Chanel and Marc Jacobs, and is widely considered one of the world's top 20 supermodels.

In 2021, Melanie is “first-call” session hairstylist to Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman [Prada Runway Show, Milan, Italy], COBRA KAI star William "Billy" Zabka,  Grammy-winning musician Keith Urban, legendary songwriters  Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, Former Vice President and climate activist Al Gore and countless Nashville and national luminaries.  A frequently-featured beauty writer and pundit for major publications, as well as a highly-revered advanced haircut and style educator for the beauty industry, Melanie continues to push boundaries and further the impact of hair in fashion,  music and beyond.














"Just when I was thinking about going back to school and putting modeling on the back burner, my booker called me in for a meeting.  They told me it might be a good idea to cut my waist long hair - so I went to Melly Shelley and had it all cut off! I went on the next day, and shortly afterwards I was off to New York with an option for a Marc Jacobs exclusive."
-Binx Walton, I-D Magazine
"Binx's Guide To Making It As A Supermodel"
"I didn't know one single person with that haircut, so I decided it would be me." One short-back-and-sides-and-long-on-top later,  a star was born. Walking every runway worth its salt at spring/summer shows,  Binx's light started flashing.
- I-D Magazine
 Binx, The Future Face Of Fashion
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