We had the good fortune of connecting with Brianna Blackwell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brianna, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Queen 2 Queen was an idea of mine for years. I tried to start it in 2018 but it didn’t go well, so I quit. Fast forward to 2020, with the pandemic going on, I had nothing but time. I also understood how working for other people just wasn’t the move. I wanted to be able to make my own moves and be my own boss. During the “rebirth” of Queen 2 Queen, my goal was to focus on my WHY. I love jewelry and accessories and I feel as if every woman should embrace the Queen that lies within. Instead of stressing about not knowing if I was ready, I decided to leap in and just make it happen… I can perfect the brand as I go. And that mindset has been the fuel that keeps Queen 2 Queen going.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
One quote that I have always loved is, “Thank God I don’t look like what I’ve been through.” I feel like that is true because Lord knows, I have been through a lot… from depression to being sexually assaulted at 13, to now battling health issues like PCOS, diabetes, and atrial fibrillation but I refuse to let any of that stop me. Queen 2 Queen is not only a business for me, it’s my saving grace. It allows me to live my dream while being a motivation for other women who have been through the same things as me or even worst.
From the time I was little, I knew that I wanted to do something great. When I became older, I realized that working for other people just wasn’t the move for me. I knew then and even more now that I am destined to be the boss. I aspire to motivate others and leave a big impact. I am proud of myself for the many milestones but I am humble enough to realize that I have a long way to go. I am nowhere near the place that I want to be in life but I feel deep within my soul that greatness is on the horizon. Life is full of hell and high waters but I am riding the waves like a “G”.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother and sister are my backbone. Without them, there is no telling where I would be. They are the calm to my storm, and the cheerleaders that ensure that my head stays in the game.