My Story

The Blak Woman behind the name and freelance business ITHINKSHEAFREAK.

My Name is Kaitlyn Lee Kyle-Taylor (Kaydee) and I am a proud Wakka Wakka, Birri Gubba, Kaanju, Ngati Porou and Ngati Kahungunu woman living in Naarm (Melbourne).
I am a multidisciplinary artist and small business owner behind ITHINKSHEAFREAK.
I also work full time as the Aboriginal Coordinator of the Wirrpanda Foundation’s Deadly Sister Girlz Program VIC site, where I support and mentor young Aboriginal women in high school. 

Growing up, makeup was such a fascination for myself and when I reflect on my past I can see my drive to experiment, to create and to express my beauty was influenced by my own individuality. My personal form of art is not to only make me look good but feel good too. I strive to stand out and with beauty I feel like I’ve found myself and connect to my community in a way that is unique to me. I’m at my happiest when I’m creating looks, even more so now that makeup has allowed me to connect with other people on social media and within my own Indigneous community.  

I look at makeup as an art form; it allows me to express myself and my artistic skills through mediums such as drawing, painting and experimentation with colours. As a visual artist I’ve found myself pushing boundaries given the circumstances I find myself placed within. When I reflect on my early artistry years, I recall a time in my life where my passion for art was not received in a positive light. I was a young bla(c)k woman attending a prestigious catholic girls college and had painted a self portrait of myself with devil horns and it was quite demonic but I considered it beautiful, which I titled Dancing with the Devil. The response from the school was that it ‘went against their beliefs’ and did not fit within the confines of what the school stood for. In result, I found my artwork placed in the back, separated, excluded from everyone and the title was abbreviated without my consent. A piece that I had felt so proud of and one that embodied my definition of beauty was perceived through the eyes of my audience as too loud and offensive.

“If you drop out of high school or go to university and drop out there - I think you should go to beauty school.”
  • Comment by my Mother Rose Inez Kyle 

When I think about who my biggest inspiration was in taking on makeup, the first thought that comes to mind is my mother. She’s always believed in me and supported me the last 4 years as a Pro artist.

I think the biggest lesson makeup has taught more over the years is to only look through your eyes and not someone else's. This has allowed me to stay focused 

Doing my Diploma in Specialist Screen and Media Makeup Artistry, I immediately noticed the huge lack of representation not only amongst people of colour, but specifically, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation. From the educational side there was a lack in the teaching and overall knowledge on how to cater to BIPOC clientele hair and makeup, which to me in the bigger picture, only just added to the cycle of exclusivity within the beauty and cosmetic industry.

I graduated I started to invest my own time and money into improving my artistry and focussing my attention to BIPOC shades and undertones.
Looking back on my academy days I knew that I was in search of someone who looked like me and represented me within the beauty industry. I didn’t know of any other First Nation MUAs and so I had to really become that person I was looking for.
I knew where I wanted to take my makeup career and how I wanted to be impactful on other BIPOC community who looked like me and darker; the First Nation Pro MUA who specialises in and caters to strictly BIPOC clientele.