Entrepreneurship Highlight: Madam C.J. Walker (Sarah Breedlove)

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.

One can conclude that Madam C.J. Walker was one of the first mainstream entrepreneurs. Born into poverty, and to former slaves, she built an empire. Although she was orphaned and did not have an comfortable upbringing and became a widow at age 20, Madam Walker was determined to survive. She married her second husband Charles J. Walker and shortly after, her hair began falling out due to a scalp disorder. She created her own concoction, Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower. Her products made her the first American woman and first black woman to become a self-made millionaire. She organized the National Negro Cosmetics Manufacturers Association in 1917 and offered cash incentives to those who promoted her values. Even though she passed away in 1919, her products and her influence still live on today. Her mansion was purchased by the nonprofit organization, New Voice Foundation, to become a “think tank” for women of color entrepreneurs.
 
There are various articles, books, and a Netflix film, Self Made, that highlight the life and success of Madam C.J. Walker. Expand your knowledge-base and read a few of them so that you can form a well-rounded perspective of just how powerful her story really is.
 

Contributing Writer: Lauren Burford, VP of the Pearls

Photo Credit: Diverstiy.Inc, Allthatisinteresting.com

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: RIZOS CURLS

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.
 
Julissa Prado struggled finding the right hair care products growing up as a Latina. She was determined to one day create the perfect formula for girls like her.  After years of working on her formula, she created the all natural Rizos Curls, one of the first Afro-Mexican hair care lines. Her products have been featured in Glamour, People en Espanol, Hip Latina, Teen Vogue,  Target, Cosmopolitan and many more. Prado believes in paying it forward and launched her first Latina Entrepreneur Summit. Prado attributes her entrepreneurial spirit from coming from the hood and  her father who started as a dishwasher and later became a restaurateur.
 
“Rizos Curls is created from the heart and is my perfect formula for defined, bouncy, shiny, frizz-free, soft, voluminous curls.”- Julissa Prado
 
Shop her product line at: https://rizoscurls.com/ and follow her on Instagram: @RizosCurls #RizosCurls