Claude Baruk, the internationally renowned hairstylist behind Claude BARUK Salons at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas, was honored with a “Celebrity Hairstylist of the Year” award at the fourth annual Hollywood Beauty Awards on Sunday, Feb. 25 (Pictured: Claude Baruk and Angie Everhart).
Actress and model Angie Everhart, who was one of Baruk’s first celebrity clients nearly 20 years ago, presented the award. The event, held at the Avalon Hollywood, also honored other top names in the industry, including Britney Spears, Jane Seymour and Smokey Robinson.
“It is an honor to be named a ‘Celebrity Hairstylist of the Year’ by the Hollywood Beauty Awards and to be recognized among many of the most iconic names in the industry,” said Baruk. “This is not only my career; it is my passion and it brings me joy every single day. I feel so fortunate to do what I do, and winning this award is another piece of my American dream come true.”
From his native France where he was a top stylist in St. Tropez, to Las Vegas where he opened his first salons in the United States in 2013, Baruk has styled countless celebrities and models, including Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers, Tony Robbins, Russell Wilson, Ciara, Catherine-Zeta Jones, Diplo, David Guetta, Kygo, Karrueche Tran and Naomi Campbell.
The Hollywood Beauty Awards recognize the architects of beauty in hair, makeup, photography and styling for film, television, music, the red carpet and editorial. Other award recipients included Gail Ryan, who was honored for “Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling,” Rick Baker, who was honored for “Outstanding Achievement in Special Effects Makeup,” and Douglas Kirkland, who was honored for “Outstanding Achievement in Photography.” Spears was honored for “Fragrance of the Year,” Seymour for “Timeless Beauty,” and Robinson for “The Gentleman Award.” Other celebrity guests Elizabeth Banks, Lionel Richie, Samuel L. Jackson, Marie Osmond and Cheech Marin, who presented at the event.
Designated an ID Artist for L’Oreal Professional France, Baruk is distinguished as an international trendsetter and influential member of the styling and fashion industry. Prior to joining Wynn and Encore, he had established himself as a key member in the French salon industry, earning several national awards for women’s hair styling for his work in some of the world’s top cities for design including Courchevel, London, St. Tropez, New York and Paris.
The Hollywood Beauty Awards were founded by LATF USA’s publisher, Michele Elyzabeth. The annual award show recognizes the architects of beauty in hair, makeup, photography and styling in Hollywood. The voting board is comprised of past honorees, winners, professionals from the beauty industry; encompassing journalists, publicists and beauty experts. More information about the Hollywood Beauty Awards is on the website at www.hollywoodbeautyawards.com.