We had the good fortune of connecting with Kieshawn Whaley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kieshawn, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always been a creative and innovative person. Growing up I knew and always said to myself that I wanted to have my own business because I wanted to play by my own rules. When you have something of your own it’s like a baby. You nourish it, you take care of it and as any parent you hope that child will grow up to be just as you envisioned: successful. That is how I see my business and that is how I approached starting my business. I think it’s important to do as much research as you can and really truly go through the trial and error process in order to figure out what you want for your business as well as what you think will make you a success for your niche.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am most proud and excited that I created a brand that caters to the different personalities of black women while uplifting an era that impacted a lot of our lives. We come in all different shapes and sizes and I think that it is important to express that to the world. My brand takes the term “ghetto” and “hoochie” and flips it into a positive representation for black women that proposes self awareness, self love and liberation. It was not easy to get to where I am today and through my own self awareness I found my art and creativity. I was able to start and maintain my business by taking the elements of myself and expressing that to connect with the masses. I’ve learned to always remain professional and stay true to myself as how I feel about myself is a reflection of my business.
I want the world to know that Thee Nail Beauty Co. originated from a young lady who never thought she had a voice and is now speaking to the world in the form of creativity.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to God for all that he has done for me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him and I couldn’t be more grateful for grace and mercy. He deserves all the credit and recognition for making me the woman I am today.