I first came across Courtney Destouche or Bella Toto Scott when I was introduced to the Facebook group The Glow Down Dominica. Of course as a self proclaimed makeup enthusiast I was intrigued and my fascination grew when I was introduced to the first live video of her ‘beating her face to the gawdssss’.
This driven and ambitious Pottersville native has quickly risen up the makeup ranks, her skills and talents allowing her to be acknowledged by several well known beauty brands. I had the pleasure of interviewing Bella and finding out more about her journey in the beauty industry.
First off thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. How did you first get involved in the world of makeup?
I began my journey in makeup with the growing popularity of YouTube. I came across the infamous Patrickk Star. I found myself watching his videos regularly and my interest evolved from watching to challenging myself to create.
I have been told that you were once a tomboy, what was it like making the transition from someone who was not into makeup at all to being fully immersed in the industry?
Yes I was a tomboy, however by the time I found my love for makeup I had already embraced my more feminine side. I found that makeup was a way to enhance my natural attributes.
You are one of the founding members of the Glow down Dominica. Can you first tell us what is the glow down and tell us why you decided to create it?
The Glow Down Dominica is a makeup group that was created to be a safe-haven and forum for Dominican women with the mutual love for makeup without being stereo-typed. The GDD was created due to the need of Dominican women love cosmetics and the beauty industry like most women from other countries and cultures. It was important to create a forum that gave the women from this small island a voice as well as the ability to socialize and have a dialogue about beauty.
What has the industry taught you so far?
The Industry hasn’t taught me anything. It has shown me that competition is inevitable. You may not compete with others, but others will still compete with you. I want to always remain humble and supportive of others.
Many people consider you a role model for your work ethic and professionalism…what does that mean to you?
It means the world to me. It’s great to have a positive impact on people’s lives. I know that being true to myself and having a genuine heart is what’s being reflected in people’s responses. There are so many negatives to the beauty industry and I find purpose in being something positive.
How did you deal with some of the hostility and jealousy that sometimes come up in the makeup world?
Negativity is a part of the world and you can either feed the monster or let it die of starvation. I choose to focus my energy into my artistry.
What would you say was the biggest challenge that you had to overcome so far in your life?
I think the one obstacle I have had to overcome in life is the fact that all people are not kind. That all people are not genuine. I overcame this challenge once I realized that I can’t allow other people’s negativity change who I am.
Who would you consider as someone who has had a significant impact on your life?
If you had to give advice to a Bella who just began her foray into the world of makeup what would it be?
I would tell the Bella’s coming into this industry to be humble and don’t forget the people who encouraged you and genuinely supported.
Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
I don’t over-think my future. I guess, I am not one to count my chickens before they hatch. I am currently offering on-line one on one classes and classes in Dominica. Who knows in the future…Maybe a school..?
Can you give three facts about yourself that people would be surprised to know?
(a) I love children
(b) Newly vegan
(c) I like creative writing
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