American Man: Meet American Crew All-Star Finalist Meli Selmani, Representing Switzerland
The American Crew All-Star Challenge highlights the outstanding world class talents in men’s grooming. The competition combines the art and science of men’s grooming and creating authentic style – the cut, the model and the photograph – to deliver the ultimate interpretation of the American Crew man.
Fifteen finalists recently competed in Brussels with two days of competition photo shoots on May 4 and 5, during which each cut and styled their model, then worked with American Crew Founder David Raccuglia to shoot and select the photo that would represent their final look. Adam Mir of the UK was announced as the American Crew 2016-2017 All-Star Challenge Global Winner on May 8th in a joint event with Revlon Style Masters.
Meet the Swiss finalist, Meli Selmani:
Describe your professional career path.
In 1997, I completed the Coiffure School. After a short break where I worked as an auto mechanic, my love for barbering brought me back to the profession. In 2003, I was able to realize this wish by opening my own barbershop. Now with my business continuing to grow, I also offer barber courses. I am very proud of what I have built up with my business.
What do you love most about being a stylist?
To be able to do precise and detailed work. This is also one of my strengths, and an aspect that my customers value in me.
Do you have any influences from your life that motivate and inspire you artistically?
I am inspired by my customers as everyone is unique in his way.
What was your inspiration for your winning look and what American Crew™ products did you use to create it?
My inspiration was the American Crew concept and collection. With my work I wanted to show that business and street styles are combinable. For the hairstyle, I used Forming Cream, Daily Moisturizing Shampoo, Daily Conditioner and Alternator.
Tell us in a #hashtag how you felt when you learned you won.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to pursue a career as a stylist?
Have passion about your creations and work.