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Mia Neal

First Black Woman to Win an Oscar for Best Makeup & Hairstyling for her Work on "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

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Mia Neal Biography

Lead hairstylist and wig designer Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson became the first Black women to win an Academy Award for Best Hair and Makeup in the category's 40-year history for their work on "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."

Neal started laying and slaying hair as a little girl in Gary, Ind., playing with Barbies. When Neal was a student at Jackson State University, a coworker at Mac encouraged her to apply to the Juilliard School of Professional Internship for Wigs and Makeup. Her extensive work in New York theater, film, and television was necessary for transforming Viola Davis into the larger-than-life mother of blues, Ma Rainey. The team only had 10 reference photos of Ma Rainey, and they painstakingly researched to bring the characters to life. Neal created over 100 wigs for the film in under three weeks (Wilson, Davis' personal stylist, was ineligible for our list). Neal meticulously made a historically accurate horsehair wig for Davis, cleaning and ventilating every strand by hand.

Neal dedicated her Oscar to the ancestors and told Vogue she hopes it inspires future generations. "Any African American or young person of color going into this field should know people do want diversity. Erase your own fears, doubts, and preconceived notions. You are wanted, and you will be welcomed. Go in and work hard because there is space for you, and we're living examples of that."

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    Booking fees for Mia Neal, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mia Neal, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mia Neal for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mia Neal for your next private or corporate function.
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First Black Woman to Win an Oscar for Best Makeup & Hairstyling for her Work on "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

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Mia Neal Biography

Lead hairstylist and wig designer Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson became the first Black women to win an Academy Award for Best Hair and Makeup in the category's 40-year history for their work on "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."

Neal started laying and slaying hair as a little girl in Gary, Ind., playing with Barbies. When Neal was a student at Jackson State University, a coworker at Mac encouraged her to apply to the Juilliard School of Professional Internship for Wigs and Makeup. Her extensive work in New York theater, film, and television was necessary for transforming Viola Davis into the larger-than-life mother of blues, Ma Rainey. The team only had 10 reference photos of Ma Rainey, and they painstakingly researched to bring the characters to life. Neal created over 100 wigs for the film in under three weeks (Wilson, Davis' personal stylist, was ineligible for our list). Neal meticulously made a historically accurate horsehair wig for Davis, cleaning and ventilating every strand by hand.

Neal dedicated her Oscar to the ancestors and told Vogue she hopes it inspires future generations. "Any African American or young person of color going into this field should know people do want diversity. Erase your own fears, doubts, and preconceived notions. You are wanted, and you will be welcomed. Go in and work hard because there is space for you, and we're living examples of that."

Mia Neal Videos

  • Mia Neal Gives Historic Speech in First Win for Black Hair & Makeup...
    'Thank you to our ancestors who put the work in, were denied, but never gave up.' — Watch the moment that two Black women made history by winning...
  • Variety Artisan Award - Mia Neal Discussion

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  • How to book Mia Neal?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Mia Neal for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Mia Neal, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Mia Neal or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Mia Neal?

    Booking fees for Mia Neal, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mia Neal, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Mia Neal?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mia Neal for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mia Neal for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Mia Neal or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Mia Neal or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Mia Neal is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Mia Neal for your event is available upon request. Mia Neal generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Spike Lee, Bisa Butler, Matthew Morgan & Jocelyn Cooper, Boots Riley and Damon Davis. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Mia Neal for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Mia Neal Speaker Videos

  • Mia Neal Gives Historic Speech in First Win for Black Hair & Makeup Artists
    'Thank you to our ancestors who put the work in, were denied, but never gave up.' — Watch the moment that two Black women made history by winning the Academy Award for best hair and makeup in 'Ma...
    Variety Artisan Award - Mia Neal Discussion

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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