Nail and beauty guru Leighton Denny has been named in the latest Queens Honours list and has been awarded an MBE for Contributions and Success in the Nail and Beauty Industry.
Leighton will be awarded the title for his achievements within the nail and beauty industry, in which he possesses a star-studded client list that includes Kate Moss, Penelope Cruz and Adele.
Beginning his professional life as a forklift truck driver, Leighton took a trip to the US where he discovered his passion for the nail industry. On his return home he noticed a gap in the UK market, which he was keen to fill and Leighton quickly became a leader in the nail and beauty industry.
After opening his first boutique salon in Bradford, he moved to London and opened various luxury salons around the city. In 2005, he began producing his own line of nail lacquers and treatments, which have quickly become cult favourites amongst beauty professionals and customers alike.
This award will kick-start an exciting chapter for Leighton, as he prepares to release his autobiography, ‘How I Nailed It’ and announce his first Eau De Parfum, ‘Light and Dark’.
“It was on my actual 40th Birthday when I received the e-mail from the Cabinet Office; and I thought someone was pulling my leg,” said Denny.
“I am truly honoured and humbled to be recognised by Her Majesty The Queen.”