CT Nail Artist ‘Clawing’ Way Top On New Oxygen Reality Show

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nails5Connecticut people have hit it big on reality shows ranging from “Chopped” and “Survivor” to “America’s Got Talent” and “The Quest.”

Now there is yet another new reality show scheduled to premiere in the fall and once again, Connecticut is well represented.

Oxygen Network is launching a new reality show, “Nail’d It” on October 7 and among the 18 contestants vying for the prize and the title as the nation’s best nail artist is Hamden resident and Orange business owner Temeka Jackson.

nails2 (3)“The producers found me when I became a finalist in a national nail art competition,” explained Jackson who graduated from Hamden High School in 2002. “When I got the email about the show I thought it was a joke and wasn’t going to call the number it said to call,” said Jackson who owns Customs Nails by Temeka in Orange, but also works part time in a hospital.

Her skills as a nail artist have received recognition in competitions and on local TV. When she created a set of nails depicting President Barack Obama and his family on a set of nails, The White House sent her a letter on her creative ability.

Contestants, who will be “clawing” their way to the top, according to the show’s press release, will nails3 (2)compete by creating flat paint and over-the-top 3D designs with nail artists being eliminated as the competition continues in the 10-week series. Grand prize is $100,000.

Judges on the show will be CND co-founder and style director Jan Arnold, celebrity manicurist and nail expert Tom Bachik, “Nail Villain” Terrance Terry and nail art competition judge Elaine Watson. Adrienne Bailon is the show host.

“The whole thing is surreal,” said Jackson, who also pursued her career at  Sheer Brilliance in West Haven. “I still pinch myself, because I still can’t take it all in,” noting she cannot share how she fares in the competition.  “But I have always learned that hard works pays off.”

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