Tributes pour in for legendary hairstylist, Oribe Canales, who has died at the age of 62

by Sora Alfatlawi

Tributes are pouring in for one of the industry’s greatest and most beloved hairstylist Oribe Canales who has died at the age of 62. Oribe, who’s work for Marc Jacobs ’92 grunge collection caught the eye of many, has worked with celebrities and models alike, as well as creating looks for many renowned fashion publications. A frequent feature backstage at fashion week for brands such as Chanel and Versace, Oribe styled some of the greatest supermodels in the 80/90s including Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. In 2008, he launched his own line of award-winning styling products.

‘While we don’t have an official statement from the family at this time, we can confirm that this sad news is true,” “Oribe was an amazing hairdresser and friend and will be missed. Out of respect for his partner, Zaki, and his family, we have no further comment at this time’ reads a statement from Oribe HQ.

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When I was 16 I was fascinated with Vogue magazine I would ride on the train and look at all the images of the supermodels and I was obsessed with the hair!! When I saw an image I loved I would check who did it and it was always someone named Oribe… Wow… he’s amazing I would think!! Cut to years later I was making my first album. I started working with Benny Medina and he said to me we have to do an album cover shoot who do you want for hair and makeup… honestly I was so new to the industry I knew no one and remembered my time flipping thru those magazines on the 6 and said ummm Oribe and Kevin Aucoin… Benny laughed and said oh OK! The next 10 years I would spend with Oribe by my side in every waking and working moment. We fell in love with each other. We traveled the world together. And along with Scott Barnes they helped me blossom into JLO. It was a magical and exhausting time…And when I was tired he would say to me… “You are gonna get up and go out there and be beautiful and fabulous bc that your job!!” We’d laugh bc that sounded crazy and then we would get to the business of doing our “job” !! He made me love the glam part of things. Bc he loved it so much and saw it as a powerful tool to empower women. He loved beauty and wanted women to feel beautiful and sexy. He loved the messiness and the imperfection and saw how interesting that was. He was a true artist. He made me feel special and beautiful for so long. I could go on and on but I will just say with a heavy heart… Thank you sweet, beautiful man… I will miss you. I love you Oribe… so much… 💔#latinolegend #artistextraordinaire #hairgod #familia

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