Nailympia takes over the USA

Nailympia Map Poster Promo 2 595

The Nailympia International Competition Expands Into The USA For 2017

Nailympia USA2017 red 400
best lil nail show logo 400

As the Nailympia international nail competition brand moves into its 12th edition in London and 3rd edition in Sydney, Australia, it’s excited and delighted to announce a new location – the USA for 2017.

Nailympia London’s ongoing mission to inspire, stretch and motivate nail professionals from all walks of life – from beginners to veterans – men & women – from all four corners of the globe – keeps this prestigious event growing and evolving and stimulating the industry as a whole.

It is with this mission in mind that Nailympia introduces its third international competition to a new continent – America – where it will further fertilise the growth of the nail professional and the industry as a whole. Nailympia USA will be hosted by The Best Lil’ Nail Show in Houston, Texas and run by Athena Elliott, known for her active industry persona and as the founder of Nail Talk Radio in the USA.

“My drive and passion for the Nailympia competition has been constantly fueled and fired up by the enormous amount of nail pros that have entered over the years,” enthuses organiser, Alex Fox. “Working on Scratch magazine and Nailympia over the last 13 years has been so fulfilling and inspiring for me. The amount of techs that have embraced this event and immersed themselves in bettering and showcasing their skills has been a truly intoxicating experience. Seeing and feeling Nailympia’s growth is a milestone in my career and I know this new addition will further enrich and enliven this brand. I’m eager to see how the USA and its neighbours embrace this new event and can’t wait to be on the comp floor next March.”

Organiser of The Best Lil’ Nail Show, Nail Talk Radio host and co-ordinator of Nailympia USA, Athena Elliott says, “Partnering with Nailympia is a blessing and I’m over the moon about it! While mine and my partner Donna Shur’s vision is big, (this is Texas ya know), we listened to the feedback the industry offered freely and knew this was the way forward. Nailympia brings the US and Texas a fresh and fun competition that supports all levels of experience. Our focus is set for building a nail show and competition so incredible and evolutionary that it inspires the nail industry – in the same way we are inspired!

“Together we will bring a competitive edge to participants, a packed, educational and amazing show all in one location. We predict our growth will be faster than anything the nail industry has ever seen.”

Head judge for all three competitions, the USA’s Elaine Watson states, “When I step back and look at the history of Nailympia, I’m so proud to be a member of this incredible global team. “For 12 years, it’s grown year-on-year in London with more and more countries being represented. In its 10th year Nailympia expanded into Australia, a truly exciting turning point in its life and as this celebrates its third year we now see the USA joining the team. This means I now get to play in my own backyard and I know it will be a sheer pleasure working with my dear friends Athena Elliot and Alex Fox on this newest Nailympia, as we work together to inspire the nail techs across the USA and beyond.

“The Nailympia competition organisation has never been stronger than it is today, or will be tomorrow.  I am so deeply honored to be a part of these great moments in its history.”

Key points

Nailympia was founded in 2001 – formerly known as The Nailympics - in the USA by three nail manufacturers looking to create an unbiased, all encompassing, non-brand associated nail competition. Founders comprised EzFlow (David Daniels & Danny Haile), IBD (Lee Tomlinson), and Too Much Fun (Jim Johnson & Dianne D’Agnolo).

Alex Fox requested to run this competition in London in 2005 at the first Olympia Beauty exhibition and Nailympia London was born. Nailympia invites nail figureheads & experts from all over the world to judge each year, which keeps the event fair, prestigious and all-embracing. Sponsors and entrants fees fund this non-profit event.

Alex Fox 150
Athena Elliott 150
Elaine watson 150

Left to Right: Alex Fox, Athena Elliott and Elaine Watson

Calling the Brave & the Bold to...

Nailympia June discount 600

NAIL TALK RADIO to broadcast LIVE from the competition floor

Nail Talk RadioNailympia London judge and founder of Nail Talk Radio, Athena Elliot, is hosting a LIVE 90min show this morning from the Olympia Beauty show.

Get your fix of nail news from the Nailympia competition floor as she chats to Elaine Watson, head judge, and spills the latest competitor antics.

Tune in from 11.30am at and call in to get your questions answered!

Nailympia London 2015 kicks off!

Nailympia London 2015 has kicked off in style at the stunning Olympia exhibition venue in London.

An elite panel of judges are readying themselves for three days of intense and focused judging to find the best of the best across 11 categories.

Techs from all over the globe have gathered at the London hotspot and the first competition - Soak Off Gel Manicure - has kicked off. Can you spy some of your fellow nailists?

Follow us on Instagram at @NailympiaLondon and Twitter @NailympiaLondon for live picture updates from the competition floor.

Nailympia London Judges 2017

  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Jai
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Frank
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Karin
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Gemma
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Rosy
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Eva
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Marian
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Aliz
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Elaine
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Jan
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Alisha
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Emese
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Leisbeth
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Jacqui
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Morgan Taylor
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Sam
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Hazel
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Catherine
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Krasimira
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Galina
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Anneke
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Stephy

Nailympia Australia Judges 2017

  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Jai
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Dannii
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Caroline
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Marian
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Amanda
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Mindy
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Lance
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Rachel
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Bex
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Alex
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Samantha
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Alisha
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Elaine
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Leah
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Aliz
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Jonny
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Sarah

Nailympia USA Judges 2017

  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Vitaly
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Amy
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Jai
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Taylor
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Jan
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Ami
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Morgan
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Alisha
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Keri
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Emese
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Tammy
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Traci
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Elaine