Alayne Curtiss does not want you to know she was in Nxivm for 15 years – and that she may still be in the cult.
In a recent article, Curtiss told WNYT News that “she was falsely connected to the former cult NXIVM because she would do the hair of some of the women associated with the group.”
This should not stand without being challenged, because, frankly, Alayne was lying.
The news article was about Alayne starting a new business, an online makeup line for brides that she plans to roll out soon.
Of course, we are all sympathetic to those trying to distance themselves from Nxivm. And there is good reason for NewsChannel 13 to like Alayne because she “has kept the ladies from the evening newscasts to the morning show at NewsChannel 13 camera ready for years.”
But she should tell the truth. She was in Nxivm for 15 years – and, for all we know, may still be in the cult.
Alayne operated her own beauty salon called Make Me Fabulous in Ballston Spa, [a suburb of Albany] – and because of her close association with Nxivm, and her own decision to threaten her employees, it suffered a decline.
When Frank Report first broke the story about the branding and blackmail of Nxivm’s subgroup DOS in 2017, Alayne’s employees started to talk.
Alayne did not like that. She had tried to recruit her employees into Nxim for years – and when they learned Alayne’s so-called life coaching, self-help group was branding and blackmailing women, they quit in protest and started talking about her in town.
Alayne had learned a thing or two from her Vanguard – and she served seven of her former employees with cease-and-desist letters.
No one should send letters like this unless they plan to sue, for it can have an opposite effect. Some of the women contacted me and I wrote about it and, of course, it only made them talk more and refer other people to the Frank Report.
Soon Alayne’s business took a nosedive and, of course, Alayne blamed it on me [and her ex-employees]. But, the truth is, Alayne Curtiss was in NXIVM.
She also surrendered her 18-year-old daughter to them.
And she went to Mexico when Keith Raniere was hiding there in early 2018 to do production videos for NXIVM. She is an amateur filmmaker. She also reportedly did his makeup and helped with his image and clothing for his interview and photographs for the New York Times Magazine article that was supposed to help turn around his public image.
It is also believed she prepped and did makeup for Clare Bronfman for the same magazine article.
But honestly, Keith and Clare never looked worse than they did in those photos.
“Bold-face lying about not being involved for over a decade, recruiting staff, following Keith’s teachings to a ‘T,’ then literally following him to Mexico, to benefit her new makeup line,” the source said. “She is blatantly lying about never being involved with the cult, where she used those teachings to abuse others and her family.
“Dear Colleagues, Clients, Family and Friends,
“As you may know I have been in the wedding and beauty business for over twenty five years. I’ve worked in various capacities over the years including bridal, salon and commercial styling.
“I wanted to go on record and let all friends and colleagues know the truth simultaneously. Former staff began to spread rumors and fabricated apocryphal stories that implied alleged activities by me that NEVER existed. In addition, they promised unsustainable commission rates to solicit trained staff and clients away to build a competing business that had been in the works for months. These false rumors and promises caused several employees of Make Me Fabulous to ‘walk out’ without notice one week prior to bridal season 2018. All brides and clients affected were notified immediately and placed with new beauty vendors personally by me or their deposits were returned in full.
“I never saw, witnessed, experienced or took part in anything nefarious in relation to any clients or affiliated vendors, I serviced EVER! I have been nothing but a dedicated wife, mother, and business owner for over 25 years. I apologize to anyone who was lead to believe that they were at anytime in any type of danger. There never was any indication that myself or staff were ever in danger, or harms way. This tactic is used in our industry by seasoned stylists to be sure that their clients and stylists follow them to their new endeavor and it also negates their employment agreements from holding up in court.
“I am determined to not let these events spoil my long standing career and livelihood in the beauty business. Loyal employees, customers and colleagues have been extremely supportive throughout this ordeal and I’d like to personally thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. Because of your support I will survive this and come out better for it. I will continue on, as always, to work hard, do good and make the world a more beautiful place!
“Instead of dwelling on wrongful accusations and hateful attacks to myself, family, children, marriage, reputation, and business, I’ve launched my own line of cosmetics called Alayne Curtiss Bridal Beauty. A percentage of the proceeds will go to a charity called ‘Project GRL’ which provides guidance, respect and love to girls and women suffering from sexual abuse and sex trafficking. My newly launched products will be all of my favorites to create the ‘perfect face’ as I have been inspired to do for more than 25 years. Watch for a launch party and lots of samples coming soon!
“I have also created a new website at alaynecurtiss.com which will feature my years of beautiful brides, and also sell our products online. My remaining team and I have refocused our efforts to rebuild MMF here at our 30 Lake Avenue location. We have reduced our trial session wedding pricing, expanded our curly hair services, massage, aesthetics, blow-dry bar and nail services. We are working closely with community organizations and the management of the Pavilion Grand to create meaningful events and packages. We are hiring and training new staff members and developing more thorough employment agreements and on-boarding training for new hires to better protect our business, clients and existing staff. We currently have 10+ trained staff and independent contractors on board. I assure you that my commitment to the beauty industry is as solid as ever. I appreciate your loyal support and look forward to many more years of working with you.
“Owner, Make Me Fabulous?
Not a word about her role in Nxivm, as if it were all a bad lie to hurt this noble lady.