Grant #210


September 19, 2016

The untold stories of the women behind your mani-pedi.

Sure, getting manicures and pedicures are fun. You soak your hands and feet in a steamy bath, get your digits wrapped in a hot towel, and add a lil’ glitz and glam to your life. But, there is more to that perfect polish.

The eye-opening two-part New York Times investigative report, “Unvarnished,” examined the exploitation of nail salon workers revealing shocking facts on pay, power, and (un)polished working conditions. The report put a big ‘ol smudge on the industry.

Inspired by these injustices and intrigued by the human story, Joey Ally embarked on CHIPPED — a deeply intimate portrait of nail salon workers. This uniquely female story will make you laugh, cry, and cringe — and better understand the personal inner lives of these women.

Awesome Without Borders is doing its part to help transform the nail salon, among other film locations, into a movie set. Follow the progress of the film (and maybe some behind-the-scenes shots) via Director Joey Ally’s Facebook.



After 11+ years, we’re signing off and closing applications for good. We’ve supported 571 projects with $571,000 in grant dollars. We’re so proud to have celebrated such incredible work. Please visit for more information on other AWESOME chapters! And thanks for sharing so much awesomeness with us.

Team Awesome Without Borders