How did your background lead you to where you are today as a woman?

KATHERINE: I was brought up in a lower class household where my mother was an only parent of two. My mother worked hard to make sure we were never missing anything. She is my role model, not only as my mother but as a fellow Hair Stylist as well. I am the woman I am today because my mother pushed me to be the best I can and as time went on I began to push myself to follow my dreams and passion.

Tell me a bit about where you were raised?

KATHERINE: I was raised between Washington Heights and the Bronx, around culture, family and friends that would always look out for me and are always there in good and bad times.

What led you to working as a hair stylist?

KATHERINE: Growing up in the hair industry made me appreciate every detail of being able to express myself in what I love to so.

What is a key lesson you’ve learned along the way?

KATHERINE: I would have to say humility. It’s nice to be able to say you’ve done so much but that’s not what makes you. What you’ve done are just experiences. Your humility through it all and after are what will continue to bring you success and happiness.

Think of these four characteristics of entrepreneurs: heart, smart, guts, luck. Which one were you?

KATHERINE: Heart and Guts. Heart because cosmetology is my passion and the start of many of my dreams and goals. Guts because this is a path I chose to take even though in the beginning many people weren’t 100% supportive and its hard work to get recognized for your work.

What has been your highest moment in the beauty industry and your lowest?

KATHERINE: Lowest moment in the beauty industry would have to be during my first show not being recognized for the work I did and being told that I am invisible in it. Highest moment would be being contacted by a publicist and platform artists to participate in a show side by side with them.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

KATHERINE: In five years I see myself traveling and working for top designers, magazines, and celebrities. I also see myself helping those starting new in the industry take the first step to the path they want to take in the industry.

Who currently is your style icon?

KATHERINE: I would have to say Ann Taylor because it’s formal, simple, and classic.

Fashion item you can’t live without?

KATHERINE: The one fashion item that I can’t live without would have to be a Tote Bag. I’m a woman and I always have a lot to carry with me.

Katherine Rodriguez