Hairstylist. Makeup Artist. Motivational Speaker. Entrepreneur. Aleetha Clanton is all of these things and more! Fueled by passion and motivated with persistence, in just 4 years Aleetha managed to establish clients like NBC Universal, Macy’s, Avon, & much more. She has had her work featured in the pages of Elle, Bravo TV, displayed on billboards in Paris and grace the runways during New York Fashion Week. What is surprising and inspiring is to learn that for 8 months, her very first hair kit was carried in a plastic bag. Her artistic vision, determination, research skills and work ethic created big opportunities for her talents to be showcased.
For the first 25 years of her life, Aleetha was known as the straight “A” student who graduated top 3 from Virginia Union University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication. She also later obtained a Master’s Degree from Drexel University in Television Management in a single year, while working full-time at Merrill Lynch as a Finance Manager. Her urge to switch gears to fulfill her childhood passion of becoming a hairstylist was apparent. Going to cosmetology school at Paul Mitchell was next on her list of education. Without a doubt Aleetha quickly enrolled. Many people viewed her decision to pursue her creative passion as a hobby, not a career move. Without a mentor and the lack of industry support, Aleetha was forced to adapt a new lifestyle to make her dreams a reality. As a result, vacations turned into business trips, parties became networking events, fancy clothes were replaced by black attire, her bedroom was soon her office, TV became non-existent, and every penny earned was contributed to investing in her brand. She knew that setting goals, researching, networking and believing in herself was the first steps to success and making this extraordinary movement possible.
Aleetha truly believes that there is no dream too big to achieve. Her way of thinking is, “Why not me, Why not you, Why not us!” She strongly feels that success comes to those who work hard and believe in themselves. There is not a day that Aleetha is not excited to live her passion and continues to inspire others as a motivational speaker. During her days off she enjoys playing basketball, reading, writing business plans and running her bridal business “The Glass Slipper Wedding.” She live by her motto, “Every minute that you are not living your dream, someone else is.”
Aleetha is represented by Cloutier Remix.