Pride Takeover: Pei Lee
Hi Pei! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
I was born and raised in Taiwan, and moved to Los Angeles about 20 years ago.
When did you start becoming passionate about nails? Was there someone in your life who inspired you to start a career in nails?
I have been doing nails for about 10 years now. When I was in high school, I was interested in art,l so painting nails is like painting a little canvas to me. I’ve always been into art, design, and creative things.
How do you use your nail art as a creative outlet? Any favorite nail art that you’ve created?
Creating nail art helps me see world differently. For example, when I see a painting or a colorful shirt or patterns, I will take that inspiration and somehow make it to a nail art. My favorite type nail art is always geometric!
Who’s your nail inspiration and/or who is your favorite nail artist?
How do you describe your style and how do your nails fit into that?
I express myself through my style. I wouldn’t say I have a particular style and I don’t have a favorite color. It all goes with how I feel when I wake up in the morning, the same thing with my nails. I often have two different colors and designs on my hands.
What would you tell your younger, less confident self? What hurdles did you have to jump to work towards your career?
I would tell my younger self to not be afraid to be who you are and be true to yourself. Don’t worry about what others say about you, just focus on you and the things that make you happy.
What hurdles I have to overcome? I would say it is my speaking because English is my second language. For the longest time I hesitated to take a job or an opportunity because I didn’t think I spoke English well, but at the end, I realized that the fear was all in my head.
What are you doing to celebrate Pride Month?
Party it up!!
Where can our followers see more of you?
If you are in LA and want to step your nails game up come see me at @dimenails_la
We were so honored to have Pei give us some insight into what inspires her. Keep coming back to our blog to see our spotlights of different members of the LGBTQ community every week! #ColorIsTheAnswer