In an industry consumed by narcissism, Joy Stewart – beautician, face fixer, glow giver – is content playing support act to her famous clients. Mill about her reception area long enough and you’re bound to see someone familiar, from British Columbia broadcast journalists to reality-TV celebrities to A-list TV and film stars. But she’ll never tell you who her spa clients are.
Stewart has a small, but efficient medi-spa, Touch of Joy, on the edge of Vancouver’s Olympic Village that she affectionately calls her shop.
Her first encounter with Hollywood came when she was living in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, just as X-Men began shooting in nearby Hatley Castle in 1999. Her speciality was Brazilian waxing, new at the time and something which she had a talent for.