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New Wellington beauty brand gives back to Africa Day events this week

Wellington, May 23 (JY&A Media) As Wellington gears up to Africa Day this Saturday, with a 12-hour celebration at the Wellington Town Hall beginning at 11.30 a.m., there’s a distinctively non-African name behind the scenes doing the make-up for the fashion show on the day, as well as the smaller Taste of Africa event at Te Papa from 6 p.m. tonight (May 23).
   Kareen D. Holland, whose business KD One ( recently opened at Morrison Kent House on The Terrace, is applying her extensive experience in film make-up to the community event.
   KD One’s 100 per cent natural skin care and cosmetics stemmed from Ms Holland’s years in film, working with such luminaries as Weta’s Sir Richard Taylor.
   Working at Taste of Africa and Africa Day is Ms Holland’s way of giving back to the community, something she was keen to do ever since KD One opened last month.
   Africa Day showcases African culture through dance, music, arts, crafts and cuisine. Artists, musicians and cultural groups with an African connection in the New Zealand community will perform throughout the day, as well as the fashion shows that KD One has worked on.
   It is the first major cultural event for African communities in Wellington.
   KD One benefited from mentoring under Wellington mayoral candidate Jack Yan, who advised Ms Holland from 2012 as part of his work with Business Mentors New Zealand.
About KD One
KD One was formed by Kareen Holland, a successful and award-winning make-up artist in the international television and film industry for the last 23 years. Kareen has worked on productions such as Xena: Princess Warrior, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, The Strip and many other larger films. KD One has created a range of instinctively natural skin care and cosmetics which are perfect for people who are concerned about parabens, petrochemicals and synthetic ingredients, ingredient–product traceability and the effect of products on your health and the environment.
About Jack Yan
Jack Yan founded Jack Yan & Associates (, one of the world’s first virtual firms, in 1987, operating internationally. Among his company’s interests are business consulting, imaging, software and media, including the fashion magazine brand Lucire. He writes on topics, ranging from branding and business responsibility to fashion and typography, in numerous publications and journals worldwide and is a regular international speaker. He serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Brand Management. He has authored or co-authored numerous books, including Beyond Branding, Typography and Branding and, most recently, Nation Branding: Country Concepts and Cases. His personal site is at He is a director of the Medinge Group (, a think-tank in Sweden devoted to cutting-edge branding. He was one of the parties behind the successful bid for Miss Sweden in 2003 for Panos Emporio, and is general counsel of the Miss New Zealand Consortium, the New Zealand licensee for Miss Universe. Since 2006, he has been a mentor with Business Mentors New Zealand. In 2013, he announced his second bid for the mayoralty in Wellington, New Zealand, after netting 12 per cent of the vote on his first attempt.
Kareen Holland
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