The greatest opportunity for all nail designers to compete at BEAUTY Düsseldorf 2024.
Nailympia - the world´s leading and most renowned global nailtech competition.
Nailympia was born from The Nail Olympics USA, a competition set up in 2001 in Las Vegas. Set up by three organisations (IBD run by Lee Tomlinson, Dianne D’Agnolo & James Johnson of Too Much Fun and David Daniel & Danny Haile of EZ Flow), the concept behind this new competition was simple – to be non-biased and non-product led. In order to create a fair playing field for all, these three nail brands made it clear that competitors could use any system or brand and would be categorised by relevant divisions pertaining to their skill and expertise. These divisions were to be kept anonymous during each competition and judging, so that each competitor, regardless of skill level, was judged exactly the same.
Only after judging, were the competitors grouped and ranked in their own and correct division. This original ethos remains the same today.
Nailympia’s reputation is based on it being run by an organisation and individuals that are non- product biased. Alex Fox, global competition director, since its inauguration into London in 2005, was the editor-in-chief of Scratch magazine and has been a journalist in the nail industry since 1998.
Its growth and popularity across the world is a direct result of its mission to bring in key industry figures and experts to judge. The judging panel is an international mix of industry experts who have amassed experience, knowledge and a reputation in their respective countries. Each judging panel has its regular judges for stability and flow, while also bringing in new and fresh experts each year to make sure it remains unbiased while evolving. This annual competition has become a Mecca for nailists seeking international recognition and industry accolades.
The competition began with six categories and now boasts anything from 10 to 17 depending on the location. Over the years some categories have been eliminated and new ones have taken their place. These changes have been dictated by industry nail trends.
Each Nailympia across the world offers the categories most relevant to its industry.
Currently hosted in the UK, USA, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.
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