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10 Celebrities Who Were Once in the Beauty Industry

by Erika Kotite | September 13, 2016

BEYONCÉ

Beyoncé used to sweep floors in her mother's Texas salon.

CINDI LAUPER

80s singer Cindi Lauper used to have fun piercing ears in a local shop - does this count?

DANNY DEVITO

Danny DeVito went to beauty school after working in his sister's salon in New Jersey.

FRAN DRESCHER

Before her acting career, everyone's favorite nanny had a gig as a hairstylist; she went to school in Queens.

JOHN CORBETT

A hairstylist since 1986 (we can't confirm if his license is still active), actor John Corbett still has good hair days.

KIM KARDASHIAN

Kim Kardashian started her beauty career very young; at 14, she enrolled in Joe Blasco Cosmetics, a makeup artistry college.

MARIAH CAREY

With her perennial good looks, it's not surprising that singer Mariah Carey studied cosmetology in Manhattan while working on her singing career at night.

NICOLE KIDMAN

When she was 17, Nicole Kidman worked as a massage therapist to help support her family while her mom battled breast cancer.

SERENA WILLIAMS

Being a tennis superstar wasn't enough; Serena Williams wanted to be a licensed nail tech, too. She got her license in 2010 in Palm Beach, Fla.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG

Whoopi Goldberg was a beautician (among other things) during her pre-fame days as a single mom. She once worked in a funeral home styling hair and doing makeup for her, er, clients. She never got any complaints.

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