Entrepreneurship Highlight: Myriam Taylor of Muxima

One of our three pillars at Pearl School of Modeling is entrepreneurship. We challenge our Pearls to create a business plan, implement it, and begin their business in their semester. We felt it important to add an entrepreneur highlight to the newsletter” to bring awareness to the numerous business owners that could positively influence our readers.
 
Myriam Taylor, of Portugal, is the daughter of Angolan war refugees who sought asylum in Europe. Taylor found it to hard to fit in Europe especially as a black child with textured hair. Only in recent years has it become trendy for women of color to wear their hair naturally. Taylor had a vision for women of color to wear their hair with confidence while embracing it and without compromising it.
 
When Taylor became pregnant, she decided to refrain from using chemicals in her hair.  She found it challenging to find good products for her hair type. In 2016, Taylor decided to create a luxury hair-care business, Muxima and a biotechnology company, Muxima Bio. Her product line includes caviar-based shampoos, conditioners, and oils made from bio ingredients to nourish the hair. Each product was made with love and from her heart; Muxima in the Angolian language of Kimbundu, means “heart”.
 
Her products have been featured in Essence and Forbes magazines. Myriam is not just an enterpriser,  she is an advocate for social humanitarian causes! She believes in being a voice for inequality especially for victims of domestic violence and war orphans in Angolia! She continues the fight for social justice by giving her time to these causes in various European cities.
 
View/purchase her products at https://www.muxima.net/
 
Follow her on Instagram: @muximaofficial
 
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls
Photo Credit: Kazanuba, Instagram: @musximaofficial
 
 

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Beau Shell

One of our three pillars at Pearl School of Modeling is entrepreneurship. We challenge our Pearls to create a business plan, implement it, and begin their business in their semester. We felt it important to add an entrepreneur highlight to the newsletter” to bring awareness to the numerous business owners that could positively influence our readers.
 
Meet Victor “Beau” Shell; a 15 year-old entrepreneur who has been running his own business since the age of eight. At age eight, Beau received an ice cream cart for his birthday. Beau is the owner of Cool World Ice Cream Shop in Athens, Georgia. Beau, affectionately known as “Lil Ice Cream Dude” is more than just a business owner; he’s a fighter. Diagnosed with pneumonia and emphysema, Beau was confined to his home for weeks but was determined to make his ice cream business a success. Beau received his medical treatment at the Scottish Rite Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. There he was introduced to UGA Miracle and Dance Marathon which he now supports with some of his proceeds. He has sold his ice cream in more than 400 events and to more than 10,000 customers. Beau desires to inspire all. 
 
Visit his website: https://lilicecreamdude.com/ and/or follow him on Instagram: @lilicecreamdude
 

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Photo Credit: Travel Noire, UGA Miracle, Marjoni-Janee

 
 
 

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Mikaila Ulmer

One of our three pillars at Pearl School of Modeling is entrepreneurship. We challenge our Pearls to create a business plan, implement it, and begin their business in their semester. We felt it important to add an entrepreneur highlight to the newsletter” to bring awareness to the numerous business owners that could positively influence our readers.
 
Meet Mikaila Ulmer! At the tender age of four, this spirited young lady launched her business at the Children’s Business Fair in Austin, Texas. When Mikaila was young, she was stung by two bees. Her parents encouraged her to turn her negative experience into a positive one! They challenged Mikaila to channel her fear into a research project about bees. She discovered how important bees are to the food system and before long, the Ulmer family launched a beverage business using flax seed honey and added it to a family recipe for lemonade. 
 
Mikaila secured over $60,000 from Shark Tank and $810,000 from NFL players. Mikaila’s products are sold in nearly 380 stores worldwide including Whole Foods. Mikaila’s company donates a portion of its proceeds to local and international organizations working to save the honey bees meanwhile, Mikaila launched her own organization, Healthy Hive Foundation.
 
A word of advice from the now 13 year-old Mikaila, “If you’re going to start a business, do something you love. Or you probably won’t be very good at it”.
 
Visit her website: https://www.meandthebees.com/ Purchase her book Bee Fearless at: https://www.amazon.com/Bee-Fearless-Dream-Like-Kid/dp/1984815083
 
Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls
Photo Credit: Children’s Business Fair, New Hope Network, Typewriter Labs
 

Designer Highlight: Iyishia Jones

Our designer of the week goes to Iyishia Jones. As a little girl, Iyishia Jones’ mom owned a boutique in downtown Detroit Michigan where she grew up. She remembers her parents getting dressed up and going downtown to shop. The seed was planted at an early age. Iyishia started her career in corporate American but it was fashion that fueled her. It was her husband Greg (an entrepreneur himself) that encouraged her to take her passion and turn it into a career.

Her first boutique opened in 2015 in Florida’s Rosemary Beach. She noticed a lot of clients were in Alabama, so in 2015 she opened a second store in Homewood, Alabama. She has a location in Montgomery, Alabama and a fourth location in Mountain Brook, Alabama. This store carries custom designed apparel. The pieces there can be customized or tailored in-store.

The shopping experience is unique. Instead of hiring salespeople, Iyishia employs stylists. You are greeted by a stylist who will dress you based on your eye color, body shape, and personality. So many clients have come in talking about what they can’t wear and leave with something totally unexpected.

When you think of ISHI, think elegant, casual, and everything you dare to be. Her clothes are FUN, FLY, and Fabulous!!!

Follow her on Instagram: @ishiboutiques

Photo credit: ISHI? Boutiques

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Stephen “Seven” Hudson

One of our three pillars at Pearl School of Modeling is entrepreneurship. We challenge our Pearls to create a business plan, implement it, and begin their business in their semester. We felt it important to add an entrepreneur highlight to the newsletter” to bring awareness to the numerous business owners that could positively influence our readers.

Stephen “Seven” Hudson began producing fashion shows and dance shows as a senior in high school. His creativity and eye for detail continued on as he honed his skills in the salon. For the past 11 years he worked in the salon but also in editorial fashion, the film and television industry, commercial advertisement, at personal events, and weddings. He is continuously building his brand Beauty by Stephen. He most recently appeared in Essence Magazine promoting his CTRL Edge edge control and tamer.

Hudson is talented, ambitious, and ready to conquer the world. He is the senior stylist at Suite Life Salon and Spa in Freeport, Long Island, NY.  He is a platform educator, his skills are top-notch, and soon, he will be the most sought after creative in the industry!

Follow him on Instagram:@sevenknows

Shop his beauty products at: https://www.beautyxstephen.com/

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Photo Credit: Essence Magazine, Beauty by Stephen

Model Highlight: Liya Kebede

Liya Kebede was born and raised in Addis, Ababa, Ethiopia! Kebede was discovered by a film director while attending school at Lycee Guebre-Mariam and was introduced to a French modeling agent. Once Kebede finished her studies, she relocated to France to pursue her modeling career through a Parisian agency. Her career in the fashion industry skyrocketed when Tom Ford presented Kebede with the opportunity to have an exclusive contract for his Gucci Fall/Winter 2000 fashion show. In May 2002, she graced the cover of Paris Vogue in which the whole  issue was dedicated to her. From there, she has been on the covers of Japanese, French, American, Italian, and Spanish Vogue, V, and many more! Kebede has also been in campaign ads with Gap, Yves Saint-Laurent, Victoria’s Secret, Revlon and more! In 2003, she became the face of Estee Lauder Cosmetics and was the only Ethiopian to do so!

Kebede is not only a model, actress, and entrepreneur, she is also an activist. Her activism is dedicated to reducing the maternal, newborn, and child mortality in Ethiopia. She founded her non-profit organization called Liya Kebede Foundation: https://www.lemlem.com/pages/lkf

Kebede is a true inspiration who does it all!

Contributing Writer: Jeysika Henry, Fashion Show Production Manager/Social Media Manager

Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz

Designer Highlight: Gamili E Collections

Born in Brooklyn New York, as a young child, Gamili was inspired by her mother who was a professional seams tress and introduced Gamili to an artist’s way of life. By the time she was in the eight grade, she already knew that she wanted to be a fashion designer. This occurred to her after working on a project for home economics where she had to draw clothes for females and males.

Her first professional design showcase was 2014. Creating is her favorite aspect of designing and she is passionate about bringing her ideas to life. Music has been her biggest inspiration from everything from Hip Hop to Jazz.  The Gamili E Collection celebrates the female form and represents women who dare to be a fashion statement. Her favorite era of fashion is the 1940’s. It is a representation of class, sex appeal, and confidence.

Her ultimate goal is to become a fashion legend and she wants to be mentioned in the same breath as Coco Chanel, Diane Von Fustenberg, and Christian Dior to name a few.                                                                        

Follow her on IG: @gamili_e

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

Photo Credit: Instagram: @gamili_e

Entrepreneurship Highlight: Mailchimp

One of our three pillars at Pearl School of Modeling is entrepreneurship. We challenge our Pearls to create a business plan, implement it, and begin their business in their semester. We felt it important to add an entrepreneur highlight to the newsletter” to bring awareness to the numerous business owners that could positively influence our readers.

Meet Ben Chestnut, co-founder and CEO of Mailchimp. Headquartered in Atlanta since 2001, Mailchimp has become a leading marketing platform for small business and nonprofit organizations. To date, the company has a over 1000 employees and millions of users worldwide. Chestnut is no stranger to entrepreneurship; his mom ran a hair salon from her family’s kitchen in Georgia. Ben pursued his education at Georgia Tech in industrial design and worked hard to help Mailchimp earn the title of one of the world’s most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. He personally earned the distinct honor of being named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016. 

Chestnut is more than a tech mogul, he and his wife started the Chestnut Family Foundation focusing on improving the lives of children through the arts. To find out more about their cause click here: https://chestnutfamily.foundation/

Photo Credit: The Chestnut Family Foundation