The Cardi B Effect: How Melanie Fields Went From Stripper To Skincare Savant
By Kimberly Wilson, JD
You know the age old saying: Black don’t crack. That might be true for most of us, but some of us have to do a little work to maintain our beautiful blackness and keep it from cracking. Melanie Fields knows this. That’s why the former stripper gave up dancing and used her A-List contacts, hustler mentality, and passion for beauty to open a business that caters to a vastly underserved market for women of color in Miami: a medical spa.
The 32-year-old Trinidad native opened what is now Flawless Icon, a treatment center that specializes in anti-aging techniques and beauty formulas that are proven to magnify the flawless icon within us all. The urban spa provides clients with the latest cosmetic technology programs and skin care treatments, specifically focused on women of color.
Juggling stripping and going back to school for her laser and electrology certification was no easy feat, but Fields made it happen. “I decided to walk away with $50K in the bank. I lived a particular lifestyle and I’m living by myself and have a child, and I’m paying rent and I made the decision to walk away,” Fields shared. “I prayed to God, ‘Lord, just send me my clients.’ And shortly after, Flawless Icon became what it was, and what it is now: one of the top med-spas in Miami.”
What started as a corporate office in a building on Biscayne Boulevard, has grown into the official headquarters for Flawless Icon, now with 5,000 square feet of space, 18 rooms, and a beautiful brick-and-mortar building offering expansion opportunities for those seeking to help other women get “flawless.” The first person who hopped at the chance to franchise? None other than the baddest b-tch herself, Trina, who just signed a franchising agreement to open a location in Wynwood.
“When I opened this location, I started adding services that I did to maintain my body when I was stripping,” Fields explained. Such services include botox and fillers, stretch mark and cellulite treatments, butt enhancements, and laser, lipo, and aggressive tightening, also known as the “body bundle.”
And how did Fields choose the name Flawless Icon for her business? It’s simple, she explained. “Everybody has something that they don’t like about themselves or would like to fix. Instead of you looking at someone else and making them your icon, this is a place where everybody can come out looking like a ‘flawless icon’.”