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The Black Scientists, Doctors, and Entrepreneurs Changing The Beauty Industry

In a moment marked by frank cultural conversations about race, identity, and representation, cosmetic companies have responded by revamping their approaches to address audiences that the industry has for too long ignored and underserved. In 2017, Lancôme expanded its Teint Idole Ultra Range to 40 shades, famously followed by Fenty Beauty—and that number has now become a benchmark. But creating makeup in a greater diversity of skin tones is just the tip of the iceberg in an industry-wide transformation that’s been more than a decade in the making.

The real story lies in part with Balanda Atis, a Black cosmetic chemist and head of L’Oréal USA’s Multicultural Beauty Lab. In 2007, Atis knew that the foundation category for women of color was lacking, so she and her team set out on an international tour of 57 countries to collect data on the tonal composition of skin of color. “We used

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Women Entrepreneurs Share How They Increased Revenue During Covid. And How You Can, Too.

A recent report by Morning Consult highlights an unfair division of labor between couples when it comes to household work and homeschooling, even when both parents are working remotely. 



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While nearly 50 percent of men say they do most of the homeschooling, a whopping three percent of women agree with them. When asked “Who is currently most responsible for housework, such as cooking and cleaning?” sixty-seven percent of women say they are, but only sixteen percent of men agree with them. This study not only points to an imbalance of responsibilities, it shows that most men — myself included — are completely unaware of it.

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Parenting during Covid-19 is challenging enough as it is, but it presents unique challenges for women who are parents and entrepreneurs. I interviewed several of these women (while my wife, Domenique, so graciously watched our kids) to learn more about

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KNC School of Beauty’s New Course Helps Aspiring Beauty Entrepreneurs

Kristen Nicole Crawley’s KNC School of Beauty is officially back in session. After launching earlier this year, the educational program is back for a second semester and teaming up with Revlon to give small business grants.

As a part of its continued effort to promote opportunities within the Black community, KNC School of Beauty participants will have the chance to host an Instagram takeover on Revlon’s page to promote their brand, win the chance to attend Revlon’s virtual Diversity Roundtable this fall, have the opportunity to have their work featured on KNC Beauty’s Instagram page, and win $10,000 to help start or grow their business. The program is a game-changing one that has the potential to change the lives of future beauty entrepreneurs.

The second of the four-semester tuition-free program will not only cover entrepreneurship but will also have a personalized touch featuring a long forum allowing for questions and

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Sally Beauty Supply and Cosmo Prof Announce the Cultivate Cohort of Women Entrepreneurs

DENTON, Texas, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sally Beauty Supply and Cosmo Prof announce the four brands selected for the second iteration of the Cultivate Cohort. This accelerator program is designed to empower female-owned beauty brands to bring their visions and business plans to life.

In 2018, the inaugural Cultivate program propelled brands Curlanista and PuffCuff to new heights, transforming them into household names and growing by 3,771 percent and 88 percent over the past year, respectively. As part of the 2020 program, four brands were selected to receive business grants worth a combined total of $60,000, online distribution at SallyBeauty.com and CosmoProfBeauty.com in October, along with a 4-week virtual boot camp built to set the brands up for success.

Alexis Stanley, founder of UniQurl
Alexis Stanley, founder of UniQurl
Pekela Riley, founder of True + Pure Texture
Pekela Riley, founder of True + Pure Texture
Tara Darnley, founder of Peculiar Roots
Tara Darnley, founder of Peculiar Roots
Pattie Yankee, founder of Pattie Yankee Products
Pattie Yankee, founder of Pattie Yankee Products

Introducing the

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Entrepreneurs who are resetting amid COVID-19

While we have yet to see the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we have begun to witness its severe impact on our global economy.

RELATED: A ‘full-blown she-cession’: How COVID-19 is economically hurting women, minorities the most

Businesswomen, specifically businesswomen of color, have been disproportionately affected. Consequently, they’ve been forced to adapt to the continuously changing tides. Here are six entrepreneurs’ inspirational stories of how they are doing just that.

Karen Cahn, founder & CEO of IFundWomen

Courtesy of Karen Cahn.

Karen Cahn is a pioneer in tech and media, having spent much of her career at leading corporations, including Google, YouTube and AOL. After leaving AOL in 2014, Cahn and her team at VProud Labs — a women-focused video company she founded— wanted to raise money for a passion project they were working on. Initially they launched a Kickstarter campaign but, when fundraising wasn’t taking off, Cahn began

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South Asian Entrepreneurs in Fashion and Beauty Interview

Being an Indian woman in fashion, I’ve understood a lot over the years about what the effects that a lack of representation in media can have on a young person growing up. It’s important to see diversity across all platforms, which is why I thought it was about time to highlight the incredible South Asian women behind these amazing brands we can all appreciate and support.

Growing up, I didn’t really see anyone like myself in magazines, billboards, or on TV — I quickly learned that this is a sentiment felt deeply among many of the women I spoke to.

“There’s, unfortunately, a lot of pressure for many of us to follow a path that is more ‘secure’ or ‘sophisticated’ from our communities and families. At the end of the day, we all need to do what is right for us.”

“Just because we are all South Asian doesn’t mean

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Three Black Women Entrepreneurs’ Wine Company Highlighted On Discovery Channel As They Vie For $100,000 In Seed Money

A kitchen table discussion spurred three women to found their own wine company, and now, the three of them are vying for the final prize of $100,000 seed money on the I Quit show on Discovery Channel this Saturday.

Esrever Wines was founded in 2011 by friends Jasmine Dunn, Tyshemia Ladson, and Ashanti Middleton, and they produced and bottled their first wine in 2018. “Esrever was started at Jasmine’s mother Cheryl’s kitchen table,” says Ladson. “Her home was our refuge from the world ever since we were in elementary school, and her kitchen table became our boardroom.”

One evening, the three friends were gathered around the table discussing the joys and pains of life. “We all share a love for

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Latin American entrepreneurs launch campaign on Kickstarter to promote sustainable accessories with nopal leather

Tumbao, is a company of sustainable purses and wallets designed with ecological leather.

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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.


  • Tumbao, is a company of sustainable purses and wallets designed with ecological nopal leather from Mexico.
  • The company was co-founded by four friends who are today looking to finance their project through a Kickstarter campaign.

Nicholas Saye, Federica Caso, Ecab Amor and María José Heshiki de las Casas have created Tumbao , a company of sustainable purses and wallets designed with ecological nopal leather from Mexico. To boost their brand, they have launched a micro-patronage campaign on Kickstarter .

“Through Tumbao in general, and with the Kickstarter campaign in particular, we would like to show that small actions can

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Women entrepreneurs in Kenyan industry struggle to access credit – study

NAIROBI, Sept 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Raising start-up capital is one of the biggest challenges for women entrepreneurs in Kenya’s key manufacturing sector, with banks requiring collateral that most of them do not have, a study said on Tuesday.

Manufacturing contributes about 10% of Kenya’s gross domestic product but women account for only 17% of the sector’s workforce, according to the study by the International Centre for Research on Women and Kenya Association of Manufacturers.

Most women work or run businesses in the informal economy, and face numerous difficulties including pay and promotion disparities as well as obstacles in accessing information, technology and finance to expand their enterprises.

“While government initiatives encourage enterprise development, most respondents reported difficulties in accessing those funds. Instances of sexual exploitation in exchange for credit facilities and compliance clearances were mentioned,” the report said.

As a result, most

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JPMorgan lent $5 billion to women entrepreneurs over the last year, halfway to its $10 billion commitment

In 2019, JPMorgan Chase announced a three-year, $10 billion lending commitment to women small business owners in order to help them grow and scale their companies. To date, the banking firm says it is pleased to announce that it has already reached the halfway mark of that goal, having committed $5 billion to female entrepreneurs thus far. 



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JPMorgan announced its progress on hitting the goal at its fifth annual Women on the Move event on Sept. 29, which will be made available for the public to watch on Oct. 1. 

“We understand that getting funding is such an important piece to helping female entrepreneurs start and scale their business,” Samantha Saperstein, managing director of Women on the Move at JPMorgan tells CNBC Make It. Saperstein adds that in addition to lending capital, the bank is helping women entrepreneurs “find new revenue streams, manage their vendors and

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