New Orleans native & former NBA dancer develops one-of-a-kind beauty tool

Savvy Southerner

BATON ROUGE, La. (BR Proud) — Former New Orleans Hornets’ Honeybee, Rachel Vicknair is now a budding entrepreneur, thanks to her recent development of a product that is taking the make-up industry by storm. The retired NBA dancer conceptualized the portable LED lighting system, Leopara, to give everyone access to professional makeup lighting and ultimately, the best beauty experience.

“I was tired of having to sacrifice makeup results and the joy of getting ready when I traveled because of bad lighting,” said Vicknair. “One weekend in Vegas, while sitting on the floor applying makeup under terrible overhead lighting, the idea came to me, and I just knew I had to create this solution.”

Leopara founder and New Orleans native, Rachel Vicknair demonstrates the portable LED lighting system that may be utilized anywhere on go.

After two years of working with lighting professionals, engineers, fellow makeup-wearers and testing rounds of prototypes and system configurations, Leopara was born. The patented result was a 360° makeup lighting system that is compact, portable and delivers bright lighting through wireless ‘GlamPanels’ that attach and detach to any mirror.

Leopara features four mirror-mountable panels with 5000K daylight white LEDs that mimic natural light. When properly placed, the configuration cross-illuminates to get rid of unwanted shadows. The system is portable, compact and wireless. Each kit includes a custom case and 4-in-1 USB charging cord.

Leopara is now available on Amazon and The system retails for $79.95 for the four light system. A two light system is available for $49.95.

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