Elizabeth Martinez has been a successful nail artist for the past eight years. In 2015, she was accepted to the Nails Mastered course with Marian Newman, who is an internationally acclaimed nail artist. Shortly after, she was approached by Denver, Colorado, designer Crystal Lee for a collaboration. Martinez did the nail looks for C.R. Lee at Massif Fashion Week and twice for New York Fashion Week in September 2017 and in February 2019.
Martinez owned a salon in Wheat Ridge Colorado at the time, and her salon became number 7 out of 109 salons on Denver’s A-List, Manicure & Pedicure category. Throughout her career, she continued to do nails for photoshoots with C.R. Lee Designs, and Overtone hair color products. She was published last year in October for a 303 magazine shoot, which garnered her a lot of attention and exposure.
After almost two years of owning her salon, Martinez sold it since she had to choose between being on location or setting up a mobile salon. She chose the latter and had to sell her salon since she couldn’t do both. Despite loving her job as a nail artist — meeting so many wonderful people who have made her job as a nail artist much more satisfying — Martinez realized that it was finally time to move on to the next chapter in her life.
However, tragedy struck when she was diagnosed with stage 3C malignant melanoma after having a mole removed on the left side of her breast. Martinez had cancer, and she didn’t know how to deal with it. Things moved incredibly fast after the diagnosis. She needed to have surgery in order to remove the melanoma that was in pretty deep. She underwent chemotherapy in pill form. She had to take seven pills in the morning and four pills at night every day for an entire year. All of this began in February 2019, on one fateful day her life turned upside down.
Despite her story having such a tragic beginning, Martinez found a light at the end of the tunnel. After a year-long Chemotherapy treatment, she finally beat cancer this year on the 6th of June. At just 36 years old, so much has happened to Martinez, but she stayed strong all throughout her toughest battle yet and managed to claim yet another victory through her hard work and perseverance.
All of her experiences have humbled her and inspired her to pursue one of her dreams in life. Martinez had always been interested in media and journalism, but never really got the chance to take the necessary step and go for it. As soon as her body got used to her medicine, she went straight to Colorado Media School and registered for their media and broadcasting program in October of 2019.
She graduated in May of 2020 and has been planning on taking full advantage of this new career that she’s undertaking. She now has two lovely children: Jesse, who is turning 16 on September 11, and Julianna, who just turned 9. Much like their mother, strength is in their blood. She is confident that her children can get through anything and make the best out of any situation. Martinez wants her children to surpass whatever she does in life, and with her second chance at life, she is going to do everything she can to give her kids a run for their money.
She accepted a co-host position on Cannasseur Radio as Lady Cannasseur with her co-hosts The White Wolf and Young Fait. They play Cannabis radio and local music Wednesdays from 2 to 4 mountain standard time and Friday’s from 5 to 7 PM on 92.9, CannaFactory.
Martinez plans on inspiring other women by establishing a women’s organization, which will be the first of its kind. The ultimate goal of which is to “Inspire, Connect, and Create,” the things that Elizabeth Martinez has always been good at. Her story is filled with success and struggle, and she hopes that it will inspire other women to feel good about themselves and never give up on their dreams.
To know more about the fascinating life and experiences of Elizabeth Martinez, check out her website.