Welcome to The Aaron White Project
Aaron White, Creative Director
I am Aaron Francisco White. I was adopted when I was just a few days old and never knew my biological parents. A four older sisters and when I was adopted my youngest sister was about 13 years old so I grew up with my nieces and nephews more as though they were my siblings. I was born in Monterrey, California, and lived in Europe for three years from the ages 13-16 then lived in Florida before eventually moving to Tennessee. I worked for Regal Cinemas for 11 years as a promotion coordinator after college and then return to school and became a cosmetologist. I felt I needed a more creative outlet and saw that cosmetology was a way into the fashion industry.
This all started four years ago when I saw a YouTube video of an avant-garde underground hair and makeup show they do in Paris called "Noises." I thought to myself that I wanted to one day go to Paris and participate in this runway show. And after a week of thinking about it non-stop, I decided to produce my own runway show.
And that's how this all begun.....
After graduating cosmetology, I worked in the high-end Salon based here in Knoxville. I've placed nationally three times. I work in production with Scripps Network HGTV and DIY Network. I specialize in editorial fashion photo shoots avant-garde hair and makeup, bridal hair and makeup and prom and her makeup as well as being an educator. I'm currently a stylist at Geo Hair Lab in Knoxville, Tennessee.
I've produced three runway shows each benefiting a major charity. I am now a creative director, producer, project manager, makeup artist and stylist. The last two runway shows I produced we're at 5 Knoxville downtown on Gay Street. Both were extremely successful and proved Knoxville had a hunger and an audience for high-end fashion hair and makeup runway, something that I'm extremely passionate about.
After this last show benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, an a event that I produced with Teresa Underwood director of the MDA here in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was a very personal show because I have a form of muscle disease called polymyositis.
Later I was approached by Nina Howell, President of Breast Connect. Hearing about the success of my last two shows and how I am approaching fashion, runway, hair, and makeup in a high-end fashion production benefiting charities, she wanted to collaborate with us on a project -- me bringing my creative vision to benefit her charity Breast Connect.
This also came at a very critical point in my family's life. As my niece Yasminda, the daughter of my sister who passed away from brain cancer three years ago, was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in February of 2017 and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
This really hit home and has made this one of the most personal Runway projects ever.
Over this course of time I've developed...