It was announced by friends on social media this morning that acclaimed hairstylist Oribe Canales has died.
“I am devastated to hear that my darling friend and work companion has past away,” wrote makeup artist Mary Greenwell in an Instagram post. “Oribe is one of the great ‘original’ hairdressers whose iconic status grew along side the supermodels of the 80’ and 90’ [sic]. He was a brilliant hairdresser and simply adored by all. I so looked forward to the days that I would be with him and the teams we had around us. He went on to create the great hair brand, ORIBE that everyone uses and is loved by all.”
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I am devastated to hear that my darling friend and work companion has past away. ? ORIBE is one of the great ‘original’ hairdressers whose iconic status grew along side the supermodels of the 80’ and 90’. He was a brilliant hairdresser and simply adored by all. I so looked forward to the days that I would be with him and the teams we had around us. He went on to create the great hair brand, ORIBE that everyone uses and is loved by all. Here we are in the nineties, holding each other close. He always had his arms around someone or dancing on set. No one made me feel more loved, and no one made me laugh so much. I love you. I am so sad you are gone our beautiful Oribe. The world of fashion and beauty has lost a great soul, and we will mourn that you have left us all behind while you have gone straight to heaven. RIP ORIBE ??? and my love and sympathy to his family @oribecanales #orbe #oribecanales #marygreenwell #mymgmakeup
Members of the beauty and fashion industry have commented on the post, expressing their shock and honouring his life. Model Christie Brinkley said Oribe “brought so much beauty laughter mischief talent and joy into any room he entered! This is devastating news.”
“Loved him. I can remember when he first started,” wrote actress Andie Macdowell. “Did a shot with Polly Melon right after Greystoke. I’m just hearing this for the first time I don’t understand. He was young, [accomplished] so much truly dear person.”
“Cant believe it. I too loved him,” said beauty entrepreneur Bobbi Brown. “As a matter of fact I worked forgot [sic] in his salon in the 90s. He even did my hair for my wedding. So sad.”
Tributes from models and makeup artists continue to pour in.
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When I was 16 I was fascinated with Vogue magazine I would ride on the train and look at all the images of the supermodels and I was obsessed with the hair!! When I saw an image I loved I would check who did it and it was always someone named Oribe… Wow… he’s amazing I would think!! Cut to years later I was making my first album. I started working with Benny Medina and he said to me we have to do an album cover shoot who do you want for hair and makeup… honestly I was so new to the industry I knew no one and remembered my time flipping thru those magazines on the 6 and said ummm Oribe and Kevin Aucoin… Benny laughed and said oh OK! The next 10 years I would spend with Oribe by my side in every waking and working moment. We fell in love with each other. We traveled the world together. And along with Scott Barnes they helped me blossom into JLO. It was a magical and exhausting time…And when I was tired he would say to me… “You are gonna get up and go out there and be beautiful and fabulous bc that your job!!” We’d laugh bc that sounded crazy and then we would get to the business of doing our “job” !! He made me love the glam part of things. Bc he loved it so much and saw it as a powerful tool to empower women. He loved beauty and wanted women to feel beautiful and sexy. He loved the messiness and the imperfection and saw how interesting that was. He was a true artist. He made me feel special and beautiful for so long. I could go on and on but I will just say with a heavy heart… Thank you sweet, beautiful man… I will miss you. I love you Oribe… so much… ?#latinolegend #artistextraordinaire #hairgod #familia
No information on the cause of death has been shared at this time. See just some of the stylist’s inspiring work, below.
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