health

Shreen El Masry | Be You Be Free

Ever since my earliest teenage years I could always remember looking in the mirror wishing I was skinnier and more beautiful. Why can I not look like the other girls at school? I was ashamed and embarrassed that I looked different and had an unusual name. I wanted to be blonde, tall and slim but instead I was short, brunette and stocky.

Shreen El Masry | Be You Be Free

Rahama Wright | Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty

I've always wanted to work on African related issues especially focused on women. Initially, my plan was to work for the Department of State after I finished my Peace Corps service, but my career path changed during Peace Corps. I felt compelled to start a social enterprise after seeing many financial challenges facing women in my rural Malian village.

Rahama Wright | Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty

Alexa Mullane | Potion London

The point that you should start your own business is when you find yourself at work thinking ‘if it was up to me I would do this differently.’ Some people are natural entrepreneurs from the word go and some people hop from job to job before making the leap. I don’t think there’s necessarily a right or wrong way of going about it but I do believe that getting some experience under your belt first can be invaluable.

Alexa Mullane | Potion London

Emma Fortini | 14e cosmetics

My name is Emma Fortini (14e). I am a make-up artist and the founder of 14e cosmetics. My passion for makeup started at a young age. I always enjoyed doing makeup for my friends, whether it be for a school dance, on the weekends, or any occasion that came my way. Art was also a fundamental part of life and following high school, I studied studio art at Cal State Channel Islands.

Emma Fortini | 14e cosmetics