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MAR 2015

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146 | NAILS MAGAZINE | MARCH 2015 I met Vicki many years ago at a beauty show while I was still in nail school. I told her I had signed up for my frst nail cruise and she took me under her wing. She was one of the kindest, most caring and wonderful people I have ever known. Her passing is a huge loss to the nail industry and to more people than she will ever know. I can't even begin to tell you how much I adored her. Karen Douglas Your lifetime achievement award says it all. You gave your heart to the industry and you will always be in our hearts. Ellen Torchia Vicki and her sister Natalie were helping me at an elementary school fundraiser for the music department. One little girl told Vicki as she was applying polish, that she missed a spot. Note her mother in the back with her arms crossed. Vicki gave me the look and said, 'This one is going to grow up to be just like her mother.' Andy Hillas In 2009, Vicki helped Ellen Torchia and I start an amazing nail retreat at Camp Burton in Washington. This year, not knowing she was sick, Ellen and I decided it was time to give her a lifetime achievement award for all the hard work she has done for the entire industry. Nail Techs came to the microphone to tell how Vicki had impacted their careers and their lives. She was very touched and we shared lots of hugs and tears of joy. My heart aches to know next year she won't be there in all her glory to hand out awards after running a competition and enjoy the waterfront camp she loved. Jess Hoel I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Vicki Peters a few years ago at her nail camp in Trinidad. In the years after our frst meeting we kept in touch via Facebook. Even though we only met in person once at the Premiere Orlando show in 2013, she surprisingly introduced me to others as her friend. I will never forget Vicki Peters. She is now my nail tech guardian angel. Melanie Attai Vicki Peters viewed herself as just another manicurist. 'Keep it simple,' was her motto in business and in life. There's a little bit of Vicki in almost everything you see in the nail industry. There's a lot of what I call 'Vicki DNA' in enough of us to make her legacy last for generations. She never got rich and she never admitted to being the visionary that she was. Vicki's dream was to retire in a modest home in Hawaii with a nail table under a tent overlooking the Pacifc Ocean. I asked her about the decision to let go of her product line. Her answer was, 'I'm letting go of it not because it's hard to keep it going, but because I don't LOVE being a manufacturer. I'm just a manicurist. I love sharing my knowledge and that's what I'm going to do.' I admired that she made that diffcult decision despite the fact that it might look to others like she had failed. I'll miss our 'planning the world sessions' in the pool on Sanibel Island, the high we got teaching together when our students faces lit up with their 'a-ha' moment, and that smile in her eye when we clicked on the same thought. Simmy Bredal-Bell >>>

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