The fashion and beauty worlds are grieving the passing of legendary hairstylist and brand creator, Oribe Canales.
Oribe, as he was known professionally, founded his own brand, Oribe Hair Care, in 2008 and worked with every top photographer, fashion designer, makeup brand and model in the business throughout his storied career.
He’s well-known for styling models Christy Turlington, Linda Evanglista, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell during their rise to supermodel stardom in the 1980s and 1990s and for his work kicking off Jennifer Lopez‘s iconic career. According to the bio on his website, Oribe was called up by Lopez herself to style her hair on her first album cover, On the 6, and worked with her throughout her rise to superstardom.
Throughout his career, Oribe collaborated with every top photographer in the business, and now, those closest with him are reflecting on the memories. We’ve gathered every moving tribute to the hairstylist below, including notes from Lopez, Evangelista, Christie Brinkley and many, many more.
Lopez posted a lengthy and moving Instagram post on Monday, explaining the origin of their friendship and the special bond she shared with Oribe.
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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