We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley B aka Glam and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My brand came to me due to me not being happy with the brands of products I was using to clean my makeup tools. I became frustrated and tired of spending my money on products that just did not work. This problem caused me to create a solution called Glam magic makeup brush & sponge cleaner.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Ashley B is a savvy young entrepreneur who is focused on the empowerment of herself, woman and fellow minority owned businesses. Ashley’s journey began in Queens, NY, where she started starring in various fashion shows across the tristate area. She was inspired by the glamorous nature of these shows and decided to launch various businesses. Her first venture was the fashion company BowtieNation LLC, which is owned by her partner Shay & herself. Bowtienation LLC specializes in custom handmade bowties & accessories. Bowtienation LLC has been running for 4 years and is still running strong. Ashley’s second passion has played a tremendous role in her other ventures. Anyone who knows her knows she is obsessed with beauty and makeup. She has created a beauty company called Glam Sessions NYC which is the umbrella for her Glam Fest Beauty Expo & Competition, Glam Sessions Classes & Beauty Services along with her cleaning products and makeup tools.
Ashley is also a talented makeup artist with over 5 years of experience curating some of the most gorgeous faces in New York. She believes that all women deserve the opportunity to be the best version of themselves. She enhances the beautiful canvases that are put before her and brings an added level of confidence with every client that gets “slayed by Muva.” Ashley has received her formal education from Empire Beauty School. She has used the techniques learned here and her own individual flair to create some amazing works of art. All of her education and experience has culminated her to create her own beauty expo, Glam Fest. Ashley believes that there are so many unnoticed beauty companies that just need a platform to be seen. She hopes that Glam Fest continues to create a platform for dope beauty and fashion entrepreneurs. She also hopes to shed light on talented beauty artists, entrepreneurs and educators. Ashley knows if she continues to create a melting pot of amazing talents that Glam Fest Beauty Expo and Competition will be one of the biggest expos New York has ever seen witnessed.
As Ashley continues to build her empire, she hopes to grow into a business and beauty mogul. She also wants to help and guide others. Ashley is a firm believer in collaboration over competition. As her light continues to shine she hopes to inspire people that the dream is a reality and is obtainable with hard work and hustle. So in the word of the Glam Muva her self ” Always remember you never know who your standing next too. Networking can unlock door you didn’t even know existed.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First stop on the nyc train is Brooklyn.
Mocha hookah lounge
The bodega to get a chopped cheese or bacon egg and cheese.
Coney Island (Bing Bong)
Next stop is Queens
Bowling in flushing Whitestone
Green acres mall
Sonic for the ice
Flushing meadow park
Next stop Manhattan
casa de montecristo( I love cigars)
Empire State Building
Madison square garden
Burger & lobster
Statue of Liberty
Next stop the Bronx
Only to get my hair done by Steph @getslay_stephymums
Next stop Staten Island
The ferry ( it’s dumb far we only go here if you live or know someone)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Amazing Girlfriend Shay the love of my life and my rock.
Deon My god father and Mentor
My Momma Charlene the real OG
My best frans
The living Room Crew
To anyone who has every supported me and continues to support me. I love you all
Facebook: Glam Sessions NYC
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