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Clearwater's Fairy Godfathers help more than 700 women overcome struggles and find 'inner beauty'

Steven Anderson & Andrew Ashton are stylists
Posted at 4:04 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 08:00:37-04

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Amanda Rose Nachman is very thankful for her "Fairy Godfathers."

The first-year talent at Ringling College of Art and Design survived a hard childhood terrorized by abuse.

Her resilience coupled with an otherworldly artistic talent caught the eye of Steven Anderson and Andrew Ashton, a.k.a. the men behind the nonprofit My Fairy Godfathers Foundation.

They bestowed upon her a "Beauty Box" filled with the very best in makeup and a $1,000 scholarship for her art pursuits.

"Oh my gosh, it's helped so much!" says Nachman.

"Her work is amazing," says Anderson.

"She used her talent to heal," adds Ashton.

The "Godfathers" are all-world stylists at LaPosh Salon in Clearwater.

But their charitable side-hustle took on a legendary life of its own.

"Our motto is empowering women through beauty," says Ashton.

With an emphasis on developing "inner-beauty."

About a dozen years ago, the stylists were approached with an odd request: Could they help a high-school student go to prom? Money was tight and she couldn't afford the pricey excursion.

The fellas kicked into action.

Hair. Makeup. Dresses. The works.

"You're my Fairy Godfathers," the prom-goer said in thanking them.

Since catching the philanthropy bug, the Godfathers helped more than 700 courageous women fight their way through struggles from domestic or child abuse, and the foster program or poverty.

The Godfathers fit cancer warriors losing their hair with gorgeous wigs. For creative talents such as Amanda Rose Nachman, the Godfathers give out scholarships to pursue their passions.

"We found that there are a lot of women who can't afford to sit in our chairs," says Ashton. "So we want to help them out."

To find out more about the My Fairy Godfathers Foundation including donation opportunities, click here.