Bethany ‘Queen B’ Bell is an artist. licensed cosmetologist with 10 years industry experience, and a college graduate. With prestigious salons like 800 West, Louis Christian Wayne Robert Salon & Spa, and the Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon of the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia on her resume; Bethany created a strong network of stylists, makeup artists, models, and photographers in the New York tri-state area and has reached as far as Los Angeles, Dominican Republic and Paris. Her collaborations with some of the worlds must cutting-edge artists have assisted her in creating a phenomenal portfolio and aided in her progression back to art. Art is one of the most fundamental necessities of our culture. An artist creates to educate their audience on beauty, society, nature, politics, and any topic of which they hold an opinion. Art is the ultimate freedom of expression. After growing up around the arts, it was no wonder that Bethany found a comfort in creative expression that led her to break the boundaries of her hair styling career.
Bethany created a non-profit organization in 2009 that held events featuring hair, makeup, and fashion as an art platform to raise money for local charities. In the spring of 2011, Bethany was one of the top five finalists in Oxygen’s Hair Battle Spectacular. She formed QB & Company in 2012, a thriving on-location beauty business that specializes in weddings and events. Her work has been published worldwide in publications such as Ellements, Vogue Italia, MOD, Zephyr, Vuex, Tinsel Tokyo Magazine and many others; and Bethany has contributed and been featured as an expert in multiple hair & fashion publications such as Sophisticate’s Black Hair, Marie Claire, Allure, Kontrol Magazine and many more. With numerous internationally published editorials and her extensive industry experience, she developed an education platform, to offer unique sessions with ground-breaking artists of the industry, and a branding consultant firm for salons and independent artists. “Hairstyling is not just a form of art for me – it’s a way to touch people and inspire confidence. It is a way to free a personality and bring light to the way a person views themselves. For me, there is no greater reward for my work and I feel convicted to share my knowledge and shape the industry.”
Throughout her career one thing has remained true; Bethany’s foundation has lived in the arts and in giving back to people. These two fundamental parts have supported Bethany in her recent works as an artist. She began expressing her opinions on society and deconstructing stereotypes with her hair artistry and art direction; creating one-of-a-kind hair art sculptures and collections. These dramatic pieces and their underlying messages have begun sculpting Bethany’s reputation as an artist. There isn’t a topic too controversial or an outlet too far beyond the reach of these hair art pieces and their message. Bethany is definitely a part of the next generation of hairstyling, creating a genre all her own. The Hair Artist.