SEPHORA Canada Celebrates Multifaceted Beauty With The Launch Of Its Local #WithSephora Campaign

Elise Gatschene, Toronto Model and Standup Comedian. Beauty is also in your imperfections. "This campaign is such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate people for who they are and not just what they look like! Sephora spent so much time listening to our stories and getting to know us. It was refreshing to participate in a campaign that was so inclusive!" (CNW Group/Sephora)

TORONTOJuly 30, 2018 /CNW/ – SEPHORA Canada is celebrating beauty in all of its forms with the new #WithSephora local campaign. As part of SEPHORA Canada’s Market Intensification plan, the campaign is a visual story showcasing a powerful mosaic of beauty through the eyes of sixteen local Toronto and Montreal individuals. The collaborators were chosen for their unique personalities, their authenticity and approachability, their passions and their inspiring journeys. #WithSephora, created in collaboration with creative agency, VIRTUE Worldwide, is a fully integrated 360° campaign that will unfold in both cities throughout the summer.

Through a hyper-localized approach and execution, SEPHORA Canada is featuring these diverse collaborators at the forefront of the campaign, pairing them with empowering #WithSephora tag lines highlighting their personal stories under four distinct banners: #WithSephora We DareWe InspireWe Slay, and We Explore. The visuals will be featured on billboards, transit stations and shelters, and through the beauty retailer’s social media and experiential channels across the urban centers.

“This Canadian campaign brings to life a celebration of unique and personal beauty. We are opening up the conversation of embracing self-expression through powerful visuals and local stories,” says Deborah Neff, SEPHORA Canada’s Vice President of Marketing. “Every day we get inspired by our clients and we want this campaign to be a window showcasing that beauty is for them to define and explore.”

“VIRTUE’s collaboration with Sephora is about beauty at street-level,” says Badr El Fekkak, VP and Managing Director of VIRTUE Worldwide in Canada. “These collaborators were selected because they are inspiring, everyday individuals who help make their city and its culture truly beautiful.”

The sixteen collaborators:


TiKA | Instagram: @tikathecreator

Elise Gatschene | Instagram: @lisie__g

Judith Bradley | Instagram: @judithmariabradley

Ivory Towers | Instagram: @_ivorytowers

Mila | Instagram: @milavictoria

Ankita | Instagram: @aankita.b

Nate Matthew | Instagram: @beautybynate

Shannae Ingleton Smith | Instagram: @torontoshay


Grece Ghanem | Instagram: @greceghanem

Sarahmée | Instagram: @sarahmeeo

Keesha Chung | Instagram: @keeshachung

Sarah-Maude Beauchesne | Instagram: @lesfourchettes

Chloé Dumont | Instagram: @chloedumont

Imane B. | Instagram:

Alana and Maddie Alper | Instagram: @alpersisters


What #WithSephora means for a few of the collaborators:

TiKA, Toronto Musician/Cultural Curator

Beauty is unconditional love.

“I’m a Black, Queer-Identifying, plus-sized woman in the music industry. The idea that I have stretch marks, dimples or rolls was not encouraged and even for some seen as repulsive. It wasn’t until I fell in love with another Black woman that I realized that it was impossible for me to not love myself or accept the reality that I’m indeed beautiful despite my “societal imperfections and/or flaws”. I appreciate the evolution of Sephora and wanting to be more inclusive and culturally diverse of different women from various walks of life and change and encourage the dated guise of societal standards of beauty.”

Grece Ghanem, Montreal Fashion and Travel Enthusiast

Beauty doesn’t age, beauty changes.

“Sephora gave me the chance to inspire women of all ages and professional backgrounds by showing them that beauty does not disappear with age. Beauty changes and we should embrace it; not fear it!”

Elise Gatschene, Toronto Model and Standup Comedian

Beauty is also in your imperfections.

“This campaign is such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate people for who they are and not just what they look like! Sephora spent so much time listening to our stories and getting to know us. It was refreshing to participate in a campaign that was so inclusive!”

Sarahmée, Montreal Urban Artist

Beauty means there’s room for everyone.

“I like the idea of Sephora showcasing local Montreal individuals through their #WithSephora story. Sephora is globally recognized and has always had a message of diverse beauty.”

Sephora invites Canadians to ‘Beauty Together’ and join the conversation by using the hashtag #WithSephora and to follow our collaborators’ stories on Instagram (@sephoracanada) and the campaign dedicated Youtube channel

#WithSephora Campaign Visuals Credits:



Artistic Director – Ian McLelland, Sephora

Artistic Director – Ian McLelland, Sephora 

Photographers – Saty and Pratha

Photographers – Saty and Pratha

Hair Stylist – Susana Hong

Hair Stylist – Andrew Ly

Wardrobe Stylist – Juliana Schiavinatto

Wardrobe Stylist – Cary Tauben

Director of Photography, Motion – Jess Hayes

Director of Photography, Motion – Jess Hayes

Director, Behind the Scenes Videos – Irina Grozavescu

Director, Behind the Scenes Videos – Irina Grozavescu

Director of Photography,

Director of Photography,

Behind the Scenes Videos – Justin Singer

Behind the Scenes Videos – Justin Singer

Camera Operator, Behind the Scenes Videos – Scott Watson

Camera Operator, Behind the Scenes Videos – Scott Watson

Makeup Artists

Makeup Artists

Adi Lando – Sephora PRO Lead Artist

Kevin Truong – Sephora PRO Lead   Artist

Kevin Truong – Sephora PRO Lead Artist

Frédérique Forest-Roy – Sephora Senior Artist

Delphine Tong – Sephora Senior Artist

Mylène Beaudet – Sephora Senior Artist

Jessica Lilley-Hastings – Sephora Senior Artist

Danielle Schekk – Sephora Senior Artist


About Sephora Americas
Since its debut in North America 20 years ago, Sephora has been a leader in global prestige omni-retail, teaching and inspiring clients to play in a universe of beauty and wellness, while creating the world’s most loved beauty community. With an unbiased approach to experiential retail through its expertise, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, Sephora invites clients to play with 14,000 products from 200 carefully curated brands, enjoy personalized services at the Beauty Studio aided by digital innovations, and engage with expertly trained beauty advisors in more than 400 stores across the Americas, as well as 600 locations inside JCPenney. Clients can also experience Sephora online and through mobile apps, and access the free-to-join Beauty Insider program that offers unique rewards and experiences across three spending tiers. Let’s Beauty Together. For more information, visit: and @Sephora on social media.

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