Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Ken says his mother—a 4'1" woman of Portuguese/Filipino descent—was a great role model to him because she embraced her own unique beauty. With beautiful dark skin, a full nose and round face, Ken's mother "was not at all the homogeny of beauty that the industry represents," he says. "My mom was a great role model for that—for always loving herself."
As a stylist, Ken says his goal is to highlight each woman's unique beauty. He says he always instructs clients to focus on their best features, rather than any perceived flaws. The result he hopes to achieve is a woman who radiates confidence in her own skin. "It's amazing what happens to a woman when she really takes a moment and looks in the mirror and identifies with an element of 'self,'" Ken says.