Verity’s relationship with fashion began as soon as she could dress herself and go to war with her mother
about it. Removing sleeves, wearing underwear as outerwear, trousers inside out, back to front and all manner of odd creations were perfectly natural to her. The New Zealand countryside was perhaps an odd setting for this unusually dressed child; clearly a future in fashion and film was inevitable.
School for Verity wasn't inspiring; too busy smoking, break-dancing, hanging out with boys and cutting hair in the loos at lunchtime... Still, dropping out and beginning her hairdressing apprenticeship at the age of 15 meant that by 19 years old she was qualified, won Hairdresser of the Year in Wellington and had moved to the UK to study make-up and fulfil her dreams of becoming an Hair and Make-up Session Stylist.
Verity lived in London for 17 years, during which time worked with many great names, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, U2, Primal Scream, Tim Bret-Day, David Bailey to name a few. Shaving heads at the infamous CUTS barbers in Soho and on BOTH make-up and hair teams for fashion week in London, New York, Milan and Paris many seasons (something she was told could never happen) were included in her numerous UK experiences.
Moving to Sydney, Australia in 2006 took Verity back into the serious hairdressing world where she became Creative Director at Stevie English Hair whilst continuing her freelance session work. Heading the Stevie English Session Team for some of the most iconic Hair Expo shows and campaigns ever seen. She won AHFA Australia Makeup Artist of the Year 2010, became runner-up HAIR EXPO Australia Session Stylist of the Year 2010, and a finalist in the AHFA Australia Make-up Artist of the Year Awards 2011.
In 2012 Verity returned to NZ. She resides in Auckland, maintains her role with Stevie English Hair, is a freelance Hair & Make-up Artist with 62 Talent and Filmcrews NZ. She works with Mac Cosmetics and Davines Hair teaching make-up and hair sessions at Arte Corte Charity Hairdressing School, Havana, Cuba and between trips she is a Personal Hair & Make-up Artist to leading ladies for film and drama.