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Shu Uemura is above all else, a pioneer. as one of the first Asian make-up artists to gain fame in the West, he sought out to do something that nobody else had tried.
born in 1928, Mr. Shu Uemura’s childhood dream of becoming an actor was crushed in his late teens by the onset of a severe illness that left him with a weakened constitution. recognizing that this would rule him out of future acting roles, he searched for a vocation that would be less physically demanding, but allow for equally creative expression. always fascinated by conceptions of beauty, the young Shu Uemura resolved to become a make-up artist, and enrolled at tokyo beauty academy - the only man in a class of 130.
his big break came in 1955 when a make-up artist from the set of joe butterfly, a hollywood production being filmed in post-war tokyo, came to the beauty school in search of a male assistant; Mr. Shu Uemura's career as a make-up artist had begun.
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