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Chicago, Illinois United States
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Interview Date: 03/06/2017

Personal care entrepreneur Andre Walker was born on October 19, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois to Woodrow and Fanny Walker. He attended Kohn Elementary School and Lindbloom High School, where he graduated from in 1974. In 1977, Walker earned his diploma in cosmetology from Pivot Point Beauty School.

Upon receiving his diploma from Pivot Point Beauty School, Walker began working as a hair stylist for the Beauty Salon at the I. Magnin department store on Michigan Ave (in the Magnificent Mile) in Chicago. In 1980, he established Andre Walker Salon, which he operated until 1987. Walker then took an opportunity to work for Oprah Winfrey and joined Harpo Productions as a hair stylist in 1985. Walker worked as Winfrey’s personal hair stylist until 2015. Walker is also known for styling the hair of former First Lady Michelle Obama, former First Lady Barbara Bush, and Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry. In 2013, Walker and Dianne Hudson, Oprah Winfrey’s special advisor, founded Andrew Walker Hair, LLC. Two years later, the company launched a new hair care system and product line for management of naturally textured hair, called The Gold System. Walker serves as an industry advisor to select fashion and trade media outlets, promoting hair care science and education.

In addition to his career in the hair care industry, Walker is also a published author. In 1997, he published Andrew Talks Hair. Walker has been the recipient of several awards for his work as well. He has received seven Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for his work on The Oprah Winfreey Show. In 2008, Pivot Point Beauty School awarded him with the L.E.O. Award, which honors the achievements of beauty professionals who have been trained, influenced, or inspired by school founder Leo Passage. The following year, Walker received the Thurgood Marshall Fashion Icon Award, which honors individuals who have influenced style and fashion and embody the spirit of leadership and commitment to their craft. In 2016, he was presented the Bronner Bros Industry Icon Award as well.

Walker and his partner, David Simmons, live in Chicago, Illinois.

Andre Walker was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 6, 2017.

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