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Emeline Talks To Cheryl Jumbo of BBFA

Cheryl Jumbo

Cheryl Jumbo

by Emeline Nsingi Nkosi

A Cosmetic Scientist, Founder of Cherry Coco (a natural skincare company) and Black Beauty Communications ltd. Cheryl Jumbo, one of six children, was born in Glasgow to Nigerian parents. She recently announced the UK’s first ever beauty industry awards event for Black Beauty products aptly named the “Black Beauty and Fashion Awards”.

We spoke about her experience in the beauty industry, BBFA and what she plans on achieving …

“Black Beauty and Fashion Awards is a movement, I am set on advancing the industry.”

Who is Cheryl Jumbo?

Today I am someone who loves business and empowering people; I think it’s important to leave a legacy. I find much satisfaction in supporting individuals in pursuing their dreams; I believe you can accomplish anything you commit yourself to!

Cheryl Jumbo at event

Cheryl Jumbo at event

Tell us about your experience in the beauty industry?

My entry point to the beauty arena was most unexpected, around the age of 19, I had intended on purchasing a premium foundation from a company called fashion (there wasn’t much else available), whilst I was browsing I was approached by one of the beauty consultants. We started talking, she enquired about my skincare regime, my interests and asked me what I was doing for a living. I explained that I was studying to become a Sound Engineer. She scoffed lightly and said “no no no my darling, YOU belong in the world of beauty. I can see you now with your silver Hitachi case going to a business meeting”.

As a student of sound engineering, I was the only female in my class, which I didn’t mind much at all. I needed a part time job so I decided I’d explore a little, I sought employment with a cosmetics consultant agency to find out more about the world of beauty.

I had assumed it would be very superficial but being creative and technical I excelled. As I began to consult and sell cosmetic products to consumers, I yearned to understand why people were buying from me besides my selling technique. What was so good about these products? What made them so effective? Were they truly beneficial at all? I wanted to learn the science behind these amazing pots of promise.

What was your next step?

Fortunately, around that time The London College of Fashion, had recently introduced to the UK a new BSc (Hons) Cosmetic Science, I secured a place and eventually, proudly graduated whilst maintaining employment throughout my studies.

Cheryl Jumbo

Cheryl Jumbo

What was your professional experience?

Since then, I have gained a broad experience of the industry, working in various capacities from setting up a beauty business, working as an expat in Africa, providing skincare workshops, brand development, consulting, working in regulatory affairs at QVC UK, product design and formulation of skin care at E.C Dewitt and Manufacturing at Barry M Cosmetics.

In the UK, I have found myself working in places where I am the only black person in the entire organisation. This has presented some great advantages and in some cases disadvantages, I am keen to see more of us in this arena, our contribution is necessary in a multicultural society.

How did you come up with the concept of BBFA?

Sadly, BBFA was born from a feeling of social exclusion. Every single year, we have beauty industry awards that celebrate the great product offerings available from various brands across the UK and further afield. This is great until you realise that none of the products spot-lit with adulation cater to your needs. One particular year as my colleagues and I geared up to attend the latest installment of beauty awards, I pondered on this fact; I have contributed hugely to the UK economy via my hair and beauty needs and wants. I pondered on the fact that at age 19 my only choice of foundation was an expensive premium product, which as a student cost me a small fortune.

I decided that I would become the change that I wished to see. It was at that moment, 6 years ago, that I knew I would create the Black Beauty and Fashion Awards! It would be a celebration of diverse black beauty and culture. However, it would have been seen as too Afrocentric, and so I decided to wait until the right time, which is NOW!

BBFA

BBFA

What do you aim to achieve from BBFA?

Our event is divided into two halves, firstly, the public voting poll which lasts approximately 4 months from March 2017, followed by the corporate end which takes place later in November.

BBFA seeks to empower BMR* consumers’ voices to express their passion for the products they enjoy using or want to support, and exercise their unassailable right to inclusion. Black males are for the most part ignored in advertising of grooming products. Women of colour spend on average, six times more than their counterparts on hair and beauty products. It is about time to acknowledge this significant contribution to the economy.

Advancement is taking place within the industry concerning black beauty, hair and fashion and it must be acknowledged. There’s a great range of products available for BMR people, but a ‘disconnect’ exists between brands, retailers and consumers. Often people can’t find what they want, although it exists…somewhere.

BBFA seeks to promote, encourage and celebrate producers of high-quality BMR products and build bridges to prompt greater inclusion via mainstream channels. This is all towards bringing about the growth that our communities will also benefit from.

BBFA

BBFA

What is your mission statement?

My dream is to see Black Beauty and Fashion Award-winning products made available to the public in mainstream stores across the UK

My vision is to celebrate the diverse beauty and see greater representation in mainstream media. To acknowledge the brands that have over the years, diligently catered to our ever-changing beauty needs. To support entrepreneurialism. In a multicultural society, I would like to see more BMR individuals as manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and being part of the supply chain of this industry. After all, we are the ones using the products! It would be great to have a hand in what’s being added to these products created to care for our unique beauty.

My mission is to advance the beauty industry, impacting it positively. To celebrate the diversity of black hair and skin and our beautiful culture. To make BBFA a global entity as we expand our Industry award to the Continent and the Caribbean.

All winning products and brands have the right to carry the BBFA winners’ seal created to be displayed on company websites, marketing literature, and products, visible to consumers at the point of sale.

 

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How will it facilitate direct engagement between brands and consumers?

BBFA is the people’s choice award! We are here to elevate to empower the voice of consumers, to alleviate social exclusion and to carve out a space for our beauty products in mainstream outlets. We hope to see Black Beauty and Fashion Award-winning products available online and in high street stores.

Black Beauty Communications’ BBFA has amongst its aims, to be the go-to marketing and quality assessment vehicle to help both lesser-known and readily recognisable businesses gain greater brand awareness within Black and Multiracial client groups. In so doing, a more mutually beneficial exchange emerges, wherein BMR people, with a predicted £100 million 2016 hair and beauty spend, shall notice better representation in mainstream channels. This leads to greater opportunities in employment. Brand loyalty, improved market segmentation and CSR fulfillment are just some of the elements available to participating businesses at the other end of the exchange.

BBFA

BBFA

Awards for BMR communities are often not mainstream, should they be?

Yes, indeed they should be. So many elements of our culture are used and adopted in the mainstream, from our hairstyles and fashion to music and dance. I believe our ingenuity, success, creativity and innovation need to be acknowledged mainstream also. It’s a known fact that we tend to be products of our environment, witnessing achievements mainstream provides aspiration for peers and following generations.

Would we benefit from having an award for BMR products in beauty awards such as InStyle beauty awards, Cosmopolitan beauty awards, Allure etc …

To some extent yes. I believe that these organisations have missed a trick when it comes to black beauty and fashion. For decades black and multiracial individuals have engaged these brands frequently only to feel a sense of exclusion and being overlooked. Perhaps their lack of offering comes from a lack of understanding of our hair and authentic beauty.

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BBFA

Lastly, tell us a little bit about the award ceremony, where will it take place and when?

The inaugural Black Beauty and Fashion Awards is a Red carpet affair. it will be a stupendous night of beauty and style on Friday 3rd November 2017. The venue of choice is the beautiful Porchester Hall; I adore its classic art deco design. Amongst others, in attendance will be manufacturers, retailers, entrepreneurs and industry professionals. The evening will include a fashion show, 3-course elegant dining experience, live entertainment, award ceremony, charity auction for Lupus and Alopecia UK and much more.

There will be various voting categories, such as Best shampoo, Best hair treatment, Best Foundation etc and we have a number of special awards including Beauty entrepreneur of the year, Fashion entrepreneur of the year, Best new business venture, Best new beauty tool/appliance as well as honour an amazing individual with a Lifetime Achievement award for their Contribution to the Beauty and Fashion industry.

How can the public vote?

Voting is easy. Simply visit www.bbfawards.com/voting-online. All voters are automatically entered into the BBFA cash prize draw and the opportunity to win some amazing goodies. Prize winners will be selected randomly and announced via our social media platforms later in the year.

[BMR* – Cherry’s own acronym , Black Multi-Racial]

 

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Emeline talks to Ibi of The Afro Hair & Skin Co.

I am a sucker for natural skincare so as soon as Ibi of The Afro Hair & Skin Co. reached out to me, I knew I’d want to try her products. Having suffered my own woes of adult acne, I understood the benefits of a natural skincare regime. I was curious to see how her products performed and secretly hoped her hair oil could also sort out my bundle of dry curls.

Ibi has produced three products: a facial oil, hair oil and a hair butter only using ingredients sourced from the UK, making her range organic, natural and sustainable.

So who is Ibi Meier-Oruitemeka?

Oh, that’s a difficult one! I would say I’m a woman striving to live my most authentic and balanced self. My parents are Nigerian but I was born in Manchester and moved to East London aged 9 or so. I have a degree in English Literature and Media Studies. I’m a former archivist turned nature-lover. I live with my partner and our 1.5 year old son in a really lovely small coastal town.theafrohairandskinco-founder

What are your first memories of building your beauty ritual?

I remember being ten years old and winning an Oil of Olay cleanser and toner. It was presented in a small hamper style basket and for me, those bottles looked like the height of womanly sophistication. I had no idea what to use it for so I kept it on my dressing table as a show piece. When I did open it, I wasn’t sure what I was doing or what order to use them in but loved the smell and the soft touch of my skin afterwards. When I hit my teens, I would obsess over magazines looking for new, sophisticated skincare tips to try out. I was all about cleanse, tone and moisturise!

On Living in Sweden

You moved from Hackney to Sweden in your mid-twenties. Tell us about that experience?

I grew up in a predominantly vegetarian family and had always had an interest in health and wellness but Sweden was a huge turning point for me. I was under a lot of emotional stress and pressure in a kind of ‘post-university-limbo’. I had no idea what to do with my life. I was working in a job that left me feeling suffocated and unstimulated. I managed to get a 3-months internship at a small publishers based in Stockholm and ended up staying for 4 years!

How did Sweden impact you?

Sweden really opened my eyes to a different way of life, it helped me discover and sit comfortably in my stillness. It is an incredibly eco-conscious country; the connection to nature is deep and impacts
every aspect of life there, from food to education. This was fascinating to me. The entire infrastructure is set up in order to ensure sustainability and allow for personal balance. My time there was incredibly healing and transformational.

It’s far from the utopian ideal that is often promoted but my being there definitely changed the trajectory of my life, gave me a renewed sense of purpose, reconnected me to my identity as an African woman and ignited the desire for me to create a space for black wellness. Living in Sweden helped me better access my creative confidence. It also illuminated the importance of my connection to the earth, for that I’m grateful.

On Natural Skincare

How were you first exposed to natural skincare? 

Growing up in a Nigerian household, albeit in England, my mother was my first exposure to natural beauty. She would tell me stories of her childhood days spent making and selling her own coconut oil by the roadside before school. She would often bring back clays, oils and black soap in addition to herbs and bitter leaves to make cleansing detoxing teas and soups with. My mother’s beauty rituals were very simple and practical. I remember her scrubbing her face with ground clays and water and she would always explain in a matter-of-fact way, that, it’s “good for circulation”. I would watch with a mixture of fascination and scepticism, but her skin was always very clear and blemish free.

How important is it for woman to build a beauty ritual?

I think rituals of self-care are extremely important for grounding and reconnecting to ourselves. A beauty ritual can be as simple as exfoliation and a lovely hydrating facial oil, that smells nice and makes you feel good. Or a more indulgent routine that allows for more sensuality, promotes relaxation and the release of endorphins. When we do things for ourselves that make us feel good our self-love and confidence grows with it, a little self-kindness goes a long way in helping us tackle life’s challenges. I create my products to promote wellness within our everyday beauty routines.

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Tell us about your ingredients and sourcing.

As the natural hair movement has grown, certain ingredients have become preferred. I find that they are often overused, limiting the diversity necessary to give your hair additional health benefits. Like many, I was preoccupied with the exoticism of many of the ingredients without giving a second thought to what might or might not be growing on my own doorstep.

Berries are a naturally antioxidant rich food source with phytochemicals that can help to protect against illnesses such as heart disease. I was excited to discover that blackcurrant seed oil was being produced in the UK. As I researched more into the potential benefits, I found out that it had been used as part of holistic treatments for many years. In its natural state, blackcurrant seed oil is a very thick and nourishing oil, it won’t clog the pores but it’s on the rich side so I balance it with other complimentary and beneficial oils in order to get the best results.

Unfortunately, the UK can’t grow every single ingredient we need, but the ones we have found have been thoroughly tested with some overwhelmingly positive results.

Will you be extending the range to include other products?

Yes most definitely! I’m currently working on new products, but I don’t want to rush and put things out for the sake of it. There are currently so many products out there. I believe that beauty rituals, should be mindful, purposeful and enhance your emotional and physical wellbeing. So I adopt a similar mindfulness when creating products with the intention of offering something necessary and life enhancing.

On starting a business

Talk us through the journey from the conception and the launch in 2016.

After returning from Sweden, I began to look into natural beauty alternatives and started making changes in the products I used but struggled to find good quality hair care and skincare that supported deeper skin tones. In 2011 I had the idea for The Afro Hair & Skin Co. This was the height of the recession. I was struggling to find stable work. I continued working on the brand and my idea more as a hobby, using my colleagues and volunteers to test my products on. I was working for an international African media organisation so I had the perfect demographic at my fingertips.

In early 2016, Oyin Akiniyi , founder of The Good Hair Club, got in contact via my newly started Instagram page, she was in the process of sourcing British brands for her new venture and was interested in my brand. At the time I was also experiencing some big changes in my work life. This gave me the push I needed to pull all the elements I had been working on together and finally make the leap.

bhofhb_7882-def-900pxHow do you make it all happen?

I didn’t have a business degree and I am not trained as a herbalist. I developed my range slowly and carefully over 5 years through a process of research-based learning, testing and a lot of trial and error. In that time I attended workshops and spoke regularly with herbalists, holistic skin and also hair therapists to help deepen my understanding of how natural ingredients can be used in beauty products to best effect, along with their suited uses and applications.

In honesty, I would never have made it through a business course. I was far too distracted. I believe that there are many routes to the same destination. My mother showed me that knowledge, skill, patience and determination can get you far, even if sometimes it may feel like you had to take the long way around. She doesn’t see barriers in what she can achieve, and I think I inherited a similar mindset.

I work a lot in my head through visualisation, and then work in short, mostly productive bursts in the evening after my son’s bedtime. It’s definitely a great feeling to see him growing and thriving and having everything that I’m doing in the spare moments coming together as well. My facial oil Flow was recently featured on Vogue.com as one of the best skincare products for people of colour. Recognition like that is phenomenal to me and makes it all worth it.


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Emeline Talks to Jackie Taiwo of “Melariche”

Melariche (pronounced as ‘mel-uh-reesh’) came to Jackie Taiwo when finding the right foundation colour for her complexion became incredibly difficult. Less than a year later, the site boasts four makeup brands and six skincare brands.jackie-800

Emeline Nsingi Nkosi speaks to the founder of the future “Sephora for women of colour”.

Who is the woman behind Melariche?

An African-American woman originally from New York, Jackie Taiwo (34) graduated with a degree in Engineering. Taiwo worked in the world of Corporate Finance for a few years before pursuing a joint law-business degree. It was in her second year that she got hired by an international law firm willing to relocate her to London after graduation.

Realising her path was not in the corporate world was a difficult one to face. Handing in her notice and entering the unknown is what Jackie describes as her bravest moment. With the support of her husband and four-year-old daughter, she decided to launch Melariche, a unique online beauty store for women of colour.

What is your first memory of makeup?

I had a conservative upbringing so my first memory of makeup was not until I had left home for my first year of college. I knew it would be futile shopping for makeup at local drugstores so I asked a friend whose skin tone was similar to mine where she shopped and what products she used. She recommended MAC which, in 1999, was one of the few brands that had foundations for deeper skin tones and also hired black makeup artists to work at their counters.

How did you feel?

I remember being completely blown away by their offering though and had no idea where to start. I just purchased what was advised and ignored makeup for a few years. It wasn’t until beauty bloggers who looked like me started popping up on the scene with tutorials that I felt confident to really experiment and try different looks. In the US, I lived in major cities where Sephora was never too far away, which was encouraging as the store has so many options allowing you to explore different products and brands in a pressure free environment.

What was it like growing up in the US as a young black woman?

Growing up African-American was amazing. I love everything about our culture, spirit and resilience. From very early on, I was encouraged to take pride in being black and to be proud of our history of overcoming incredible hardships. My mother, in particular was a great example of this; she was born during the height of Jim Crow on the same land [in rural Georgia] where her grandparents were enslaved. Like so many African-American mothers she worked incredibly hard and sacrificed a lot to provide me and my siblings with opportunities that were not available to her growing up.

How is your experienced of the inequality burdened on by society on a career driven black woman?

I was lucky enough to have been raised in a very diverse suburb in Long Island and attended school with people from a mix of ethnic and racial backgrounds. In a way, I actually feel I was sheltered a bit from the realities of the world and had quite the culture shock when I attended college at a predominately white institution. From college onwards, my education and career choices always left me in spaces where I was one of few black people and also one of few women. I found these environments incredibly challenging to navigate so I constantly sought out ‘safe spaces’ where I could feel comfortable to express myself the way I was able to do growing up. I immersed myself in various organisations for black women and ethnic minorities. I think these sorts of professional and educational organisations are sometimes frowned upon in the UK, but I found them crucial to my wellbeing as a black woman in America.

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Which year did you decide to start your Melariche and which year did you launch?

I started planning Melariche back in December 2015 and launched in August 2016.

Why did you start your brand?

The lack of diversity in the beauty industry is nothing new. I think every woman of colour has probably complained at some point about the need for more choices. My research was showing that women of colour really felt disrespected and undervalued, which are quite strong emotions. So I wanted to create a retail brand that caters specifically for us, that unapologetically celebrates the beauty and diversity within this community. I want women of colour to feel appreciated and valued when they think of Melariche. When I first started discussing my plans, many people questioned why I was not creating a store that caters to all women and said that I would be alienating white women. I understood their concerns, but it was important for me to stay true to the community that was utterly lacking in representation and that I felt needed the most love.merena-beauty-thandiekay

How did you move from idea to conception?

Starting a business is incredibly daunting, but I think my legal and corporate background gave me great training in project management and how to break down complex problems into small bites. As an entrepreneur, you usually have tons of ideas buzzing in your head which can get quite overwhelming to the point where movement can seem impossible. Very early on, I decided it was important that I did not get ahead of myself and made a list of the do-able tasks I needed to get done each month, sometimes breaking it down week by week to make sure I was progressing in order to get to an August launch. A few things didn’t go as planned, but putting the roadmap on paper helped ensure I did not veer too far off course.

How did you survive financially at the beginning going from Lawyer to entrepreneur?

I am currently self-funding the business through savings and my husband’s salary is sufficient to support our family’s day-to-day living costs. It was a big decision for us to invest in Melariche, because my husband and I would be home owners by now had I not given up my legal career. So, it’s a sacrifice, but I love that for once my work is something that I am passionate about. You can’t put a price tag on that.

Where did you look for advise?

I attend a lot of networking events with other like-minded women to get inspiration and advice on how to stay motivated and to spark creativity. I’ve met so many amazing women on this journey who constantly show me that sky’s the limit.peeling-doux

Do you have a business partner?

Not right now.

Two of the brands are exclusive to your brand, how did you find them?

An important part of our mission is to be a retail platform that connects consumers with black-owned beauty brands that are making high-quality products suitable for women with melanin-rich skin. I knew the brands were out there, I just had to find them. I searched online, became active in beauty groups on social media, attended beauty trade shows and engaged in a ton of networking. I came across Maréna Beauté through a Facebook group and discovered Biolissime at an event at which they were exhibiting.

Tell me a bit more about Maréna Beauté and Biolissime…

Maréna Beauté is makeup brand out of Sweden, started by a Senegalese born makeup artist. What really struck me by the company was their attention to branding, packaging and presentation. Instead of launching with an entire makeup range, they first focused on developing foundation, powder and blush of premium quality to meet the needs of darker skinned women. Biolissime is a French brand founded by Bintou Camara of French-Guinean and Gambian origin and was developed after extensive research to find safe effective ingredients that clear hyperpigmentation, dark spots and acne scarring. Both brands were very excited about the Melariche concept and are eager to break into the UK market.

How did you go about securing Iman for the site?

Before approaching major brands, I created a PowerPoint proposal explaining Melariche and what our unique selling points would be as a retailer. I wanted to make a good first impression and show that I had a serious well-thought-out business plan. The response from brands was mixed but often quite positive. IMAN Cosmetics was very open to hearing more about our plans and I was thrilled when they agreed to come on board.screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-12-41-53

How many brands are you stocking now?

We currently have four makeup brands and six skincare brands. We’re planning to expand the offering soon.

Have you had any hurdles?

I think the biggest hurdle for me is time. There are never enough hours in the day! I have a 4-year-old and expecting my second in February, so life is busy to say the least and it can be really frustrating to have an idea that you want to execute but can’t because time won’t allow it.

How did you overcome it?

My husband is quite supportive and steps in whenever asked and I’m planning to hire interns soon to take over some tasks. Ultimately though, I simply had to accept that I am not superwoman, and should not pressure myself to ‘have it all’. It’s literally impossible! It’s a struggle I’ve heard many women discuss so I know I am not alone.

Is there anything that took you by surprise that you hadn’t anticipated?

I did not anticipate how emotionally attached I would become to the business. Every win, every loss, I feel so deeply. It’s like having another child!

 

What advise would you give to any budding beauty entrepreneurs?

Believe in yourself, your vision and stay true to that. Also, nothing comes easy. There is no such thing as an overnight success. There is no substitute for passion, effort and hard work.

What is your vision for the future?

My dream is to have a number of Melariche stores on the British high streets and to be in a position where I can give back by using the Melariche platform to encourage young girls around the country to be confident and beautiful in their own skin.melariche

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Emeline Talks to Ade of Nubian Skin

By Emeline Nsingi Nkosi

Nubian Skin’s Ade Hassan speaks to Emeline about her journey, what it means to be a young British brand conquering the American market and how she may just have to hide her in a box if she spills the goss on the projects up her sleeve.

Ade and Emeline

Ade and Emeline

How did you start your brand?

Goodness, so it seems like forever now but I came up with the concept in 2011 mainly out of frustration. I’ve always wanted to go into a shop and ask for a nude bra and I’d be given one but it was never quite right. Coincidentally, I’d always wanted to do something in fashion and the idea kind of popped into my head. I remember sending a text to a friend saying I figured out what I want to do when I grow up.

How did you move from idea to conception?

I changed jobs in 2013 and went back into finance because I needed to raise money. I remember getting a little bit distracted and I got a card from one of my friends which said “it’s time to start living the life you’ve always imagined” and put this lovely message in it about how she loved my idea and knew it was going to be a massive success. Literally the next day I registered the company, registered the trademarks, fast forward a year and a half and we launched.thandiekay.com

What is it like being a British brand doing well in the US?

It was such a shock because when the image of the four girls went viral, it put us on the map and it’s been onwards and upwards since then. To this day I am still in shock. We’re getting so much love from the US, like so much, people thought we were an American brand. It must have been because of the bloggers and generally everybody reposting and reblogging the campaign. It built into such a huge movement in America, Nordstrom approached us and wanted to stock the brand which is phenomenal as they are THE department store to be stocked in.

What have been the challenges?

Oh my gosh, so many. As a small brand at the beginning it was about finding a manufacturer especially as I hadn’t worked in this industry. I had no idea how it worked so that was probably the biggest challenge.

How did you overcome it?

I found a consultant who had worked in the industry for over 20 years andthandiekay.com having an expert to help made all the difference. Paying for really good advice was the best decision I ever made.

Do you have any advise for anyone starting out?

Work out what you can or can’t do yourself and where you need experts. A lot of the times you don’t realize what you can do.

The first year we spent a lot of money paying other people, if I could go back I would definitely do it myself, for example, we now do all the packing in house. We figured out a logistical method which works better for getting stock sent internationally as well as in England.

I wish I had known that before, it would have saved us a lot of money.

 

For example today, now I’m all dressed up but literally this morning I was in jogging bottoms and a sweater packing a massive order. We labeled it, packed it, did it all ourselves and I wouldn’t have thought I could do that at the beginning because it’s such a logistical nightmare but when it’s necessary you figure out a way to do it.
What’s your vision for the future?

I would love for Nubian Skin to be a household name, we’re tiny and we know that but we’re punching above our weight. I want any woman of color to be able to walk into a department store and know that she can find her own nude because that‘s such an empowering thing.
It’s something that a lot of people don’t think about because they don’t have to but I would love it for a black woman or an Asian woman to walk into a shop and not have to worry about finding nude just like a white women can.

I think that’s a very empowering thing and it’s very important.

What is your goal?

We’re working on just trying to give people what we think they need and what we’re hearing back from feedback and trying to provide that for people.

Would you ever expand into anything else? What could you go into next?

Well we have a lot of things up our sleeves. I can’t tell you. I’d have to kill you. uzuq2VKf

Maybe not kill you but hide in a box for a little while. {laughs} We’re working on some new products that we’re super excited about. We just want to keep evolving especially as we have competition now. Competition can be a good thing but we always want to stay one step ahead of the game. We’re trying to think of things that are creative, fun and interesting.

“Empowering Women. Embracing our Colour.”

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