Global Beauty Masters Premieres Stylist Competition on TLC

Beginning Thursday, February 18, 2016, enjoy the excitement of "Global Beauty Masters" when season two premieres on the TLC Network, hosted by international model Nicole Murphy. Originally launched in 2014 on Discovery Fit and Health, the intense competition moves to TLC this winter as top hair, makeup and nail stylists from around the world battle for the coveted title of "Global Beauty Masters."

"We're so pleased to have 'Global Beauty Masters' on TLC," says David Melia, TLC's Vice President of Programming. "This is a fascinating world that our viewers will be excited to explore."

"Global Beauty Masters" offers viewers an insider's perspective on the creative process during Battle Week, where beauty pros work together in teams. Enduring a week of rigorous competition, they must improvise, innovate and impress to reach the ultimate showdown, a Final Battle presented to a live audience. Written and directed by industry veteran Jim Milio and produced by his Emmy award-winning team, the series captures the artistry, passion and compelling characters, both in front and behind the camera. The series is co-produced by Jesse Combs, who also served as art director.

The epic challenges, over-the-top egos and tumultuous teamwork will be judged by world-renowned beauty experts. This year's panel of professional judges includes Charlie Price of Charlie Price Hair; Eden Sassoon, salon owner and daughter of the legendary beauty icon, Vidal Sassoon; John Hauk, creative director of Entity Beauty; Vicki Starr, founder and CEO of Starr Treatment; and special guest judge John Paul DeJoria, co-founder and chairman of the board of John Paul Mitchell Systems. Among the notable guests and mentors, the show features Angie Everhart, Danielle Orsino, Dwight Eubanks, Jackie Siegel, Katie Meade, Kenny Kahn, Kim Vo, Rafe Hardy, Robert Cromeans, and Tracey Cunningham. The professional competition includes 10 US and 7 international teams, representing Bermuda, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Senegal, and South Africa.

To encourage the careers of future professionals, "Global Beauty Masters" also presents the extraordinary work of 14 beauty school teams in a student competition hosted by pop musician Manika and model and rapper Don Benjamin. Student teams will be judged by Adamme Sosa of Adamme Artistry; Amy Becker of Masterworks by Amy Becker; J.R. Stewart, senior vice president of content and development at Style TV; and Sam Villa of Sam Villa Hair.

Proving the international appeal of the beauty industry and its ability to transform lives, "Global Beauty Masters" launches Thursday, February 18, at 6 p.m.