We had the good fortune of connecting with Lealani Shaw and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lealani, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I grew up in Panama City Panama one of the most develop cities in Central America and one of the top retirement places in the world but in my time there it was a third world country. As the daughter of an Army soldier Panama was not my first stop, I was born in Honolulu-Hawaii were I didn’t stay long, at 3 months old I left with my mother and sister living my father behind. Life in Panama was very challenging but despite the overwhelming poverty my family did their best to give me a better future. At the age of 19 I came back to this country alone and I never could’ve anticipated the struggles ahead and not knowing the language didn’t make it any easier. Today I’m thankful for all the challenges because of them I’m who I am today, a strong Afro Latina, single mother, entrepreneur. Life has thought me to never give up on your dreams and to be relentless.

What should our readers know about your business?
I have been in the beauty industry for 20+ years from modeling to counter manager for Lancome and makeup artist at MAC Cosmetics to name a few and the last 11 years as a licensed aesthetician.

Lealani Shaw Aesthetics located in the heart of Buckhead specializes in anti-aging procedures and custom treatments for the face and body. Lealani Shaw Aesthetics is pretty unique as we are the only place in Atlanta where you can take advantage of the amazing benefits of Full Body Red & Near-infrared Light Therapy simultaneously during your facial treatment, I’m also the first aesthetician certified in the revolutionary anti-aging procedure Fibroblast Skin Plasma in the state of GA

Getting here has not been easy but my love for making a change in people’s lives keeps me going and help me overcome any challenge. The bad times are simply opportunities for growth and I’ve learned to be relentless and to never give up. I always say when your actions come from good intentions and you work hard you’ll be rewarded greatly

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love Atlanta because you can get the city live and also enjoy nature. My favorite places are The St. Regis bar and pool side if its summer, of course UMI and the Garden Room are fantastic. I also frequent north Atlanta, downtown Roswell have some amazing restaurants and scenery, as well as downtown Alpharetta where you can find a really cute speakeasy called Roaring Social but as much as I enjoy a nice cocktail my favorite thing to do is to drive up to the wineries of north GA and visit the amazing hikes and water falls.

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?
I would not be here if it wasn’t for my family, my grandparents Lorenza and Horace, my mother Silvia and my awesome aunt Linda. It took a village to raise me and I will always be forever indebted

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