The chance to talk to interesting and inspiring people is a perk of the job but meeting and talking with people who work in beauty is a grand slam as far as I’m concerned.

Two weeks ago, I got to sit down with Koni Bennett, a hairstylist, makeup artist and all-around beauty expert who also owns Vanity, A Boutique Salon, in West Scranton.

We talked about everything from how she taught herself to braid at age 14 in her bathroom to her rise through the beauty industry to be a New York City hairstylist to celebrities and beauty editors alike including model Jordyn Woods and Marie Claire Digital Beauty Editor Maya Allen. Her story appeared in the Sunday, May 5, edition of Life&Times.

Koni is no doubt talented at what she does but she also uses her power in beauty to do good. Vanity is one of the only salons in the area that caters to multicultural hair. (In January, the salon was named Business of the Year by Greater Scranton Martin Luther King Commission.) She also takes the conversations she has with the women and girls in her Scranton salon to beauty’s heavy-hitters because she believes everyone deserves to look and feel their best.

Koni knows that beauty is more than skin-deep.

Read all about Koni here.