Kia Yang | Founder 

Kia founded the STYLUS organization in 2015 with the idea to create a platform for Hmong Artists, which then blossomed into a space for all beauty artists of color. Kia is currently a senior hairstylist at an Aveda Salon in Saint Paul where she specializes in hair cutting and makeup. She attended the Minnesota School of Cosmetology in 2010 and attended an Advanced Artist Academy in 2012. 


Lawkong Vue |
Director of Hair Education


Susan Thao-Johnson|
Director of Makeup Education

Susan received her license in Esthiology from Scot Lewis Schools and has been an esthetician for over 8 years. She owns Skin and Makeup by Susan located in Maplewood. She has been an educator for a skin care line for over 4 years. Susan is also a freelance makeup artist specializing in bridal, photography, and fashion makeup. This is her first year working with Stylus. 


Xee Khang | Director of Creative Content

Sun-kissed and Cali raised, Xee is a makeup enthusiast and shoe fanatic. As far as experience goes, Xee has taken a theatre makeup and technique class where she learned the basics of theatre makeup applications. On her free time, Xee, like to create makeup masterpieces, learn new beauty techniques, and find useful DIY beauty tips. 


John Vang |

Director of Finance


Kong Yang | Assistant HMUA

Kong is an aspiring fashion designer and a makeup artist. He studied fashion design at The Art Institute International of Minnesota. He works as a freelance makeup artist for big makeup brands as Bobbi Brown, Mac, Shiseido, and Dior, where he has learn many different ways and techniques to improving his makeup artistry as a self taught artist. Passionate about the industry that he is in, Kong wants to share and teach others of his knowledge to the world. 


Janay Henry | Wardrobe Stylist

Janay is an actor, dancer, and wardrobe stylist in the Twin Cities Area. She was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. Janay has been sharing her interest in performing arts and fashion with family and friends since the age of 5. 
Archiving looks, prepping garments, and writing color trends analysis for Darnell Steele, has provided her with experience for styling success! Janay's desire to work closely with art and fashion has blossomed from her love for W Magazine editorials; make Mass Media and Studio Art the programs best fit to study at Minnesota State University, Mankato. 


Anie Khang |
Event & Fundraiser Coordinator


Livia Vang | Director of Communications and Marketing 

Livia is a photographer, videographer & lifestyle blogger. Besides STYLUS, she manages VENLAA, her family’s rental properties, and her own photography and videography business. Livia loves to eat, wonder the world, and meet new friends. You want to surprise her, here’s a tip: she loves her coffee and tea over ice.