After years of being told it was impossible to maintain a thriving career based in Atlanta, GA., Yolonda Frederick-Thompson has broken all the rules! Her work keeps her globe-hopping all over the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Caribbean. She remains a creative force in entertainment since launching Yolonda’s Face Value, Inc., a make-up and beauty imaging business in 1998. Yolonda first fell in love with makeup while attending Central Methodist University where she earned her BA in Communications and Theater. She went on to refine her craft through on-going education with industry giant, Aveda while working as a Senior Master Make-up Artist and Show Team member with the highly celebrated Van Michael Salons for more than 7 years.
Known for her immaculate artistry and attention to detail, Yolonda’s work can be seen on the red carpet, film, television, print and on-line for clients that include Ciara, Jennifer Hudson, Russell Wilson, Usher, Emma Roberts, Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn, Laura Prepon, La La Vasquez, Solange, Harrison Ford, Ludacris, TLC, R Kelly, The Dave Matthews Band, Creed, Melissa Etheridge, OutKast, Rosilyn Sanchez, and various top models.
Yolonda’s years of experience along with her loyal celebrity clients has afforded her the opportunity to showcase her work on the highest platforms. This includes major mass media outlets as well as national and international advertisement campaigns for corporate clients including Givenchy, H&M, Top Shop, Roberto Cavalli, New York & Company, Keds, Nike, Weight Watchers, Degree, Verizon, Anheuser Busch, Adidas, LG Electronics, General Electric, Sony BMG, Viacom, Hearst, NBC Universal, ABC, CBS, Time Warner Inc. and Walt Disney Company.
Moreover, her work with high profile clients has been published in the world’s top fashion and beauty magazines like Vogue (Japan, Paris, Germany), L’Uomo Vogue, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, Marie Claire, L’Officiel (Singapore, Paris), Allure, ElleGirl, Fabulous Mag-UK, Mademoiselle, Flaunt, Maxim, Pulp, Annex, Rolling Stone, GQ and Essence.
PHOTOGRAPHERS AND DIRECTORS:
Her talent, professionalism and commitment to excellence has opened the door to work with some of the most famous photographers and directors in the industry like Anne Lebowitz, Herb Ritts, Mertalas and Marcus, Francesco Carrozini, Chris Floyd, Catherine Servel, Marcus Klinko, Guy Aroch, Marc Baptiste, Derek Blanks, Dave Meyers, F. Gary Gray, Joseph Khan, Diane Martel, Anthony Mandler, Paul Hunter and Gregory Dark.
Passionately committed to her art and to her community, Yolonda has given her support to the “Give Back A Smile” Foundation of The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry for survivors of domestic violence through pro-bono make-up training and consulting for foundation clients. Yolonda is also founder and executive producer of the “Living Art” Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation awareness and fundraising event. Fusing an eclectic blend of fashion-driven body painting, music, art and culture, Yolonda’s list of celebrity supporters has included Usher and TLC’s T-Boz. Pernod Ricard’s Martell brand has recognized her work with “Living Art” as a part of its “Rise Above” campaign.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND AWARDS:
Aveda, Completed years of on-the-job training, seminars and workshops.
Central Methodist University, BA in Communications and Theater
L’Universite Catholique De Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: Post Baccalaureate Courses towards MBA
2016 PMAC (Professional Makeup Artist Conference): Legendary Award Winner
2009 Fashion and Style Honors: Fashion Makeup Artist Winner
1992-93 Rotary International Scholar
Ciara’s Kingdom – Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2015-16 Ad Campaign,
New York & Company Soho Jeans Starring Jennifer Hudson,
Jennifer Hudson for New York & Company 2016,
Dreams American Family Insurance Commercial 2015,
Jennifer Hudson + Chris Rock to sing #BETAwards duet