This Is Essence!
I met Essence while vending and promoting my products at an event. She purchased some products and we have kept in touch ever since. She has such a joyous and kindred spirit I insisted she have a modeling campaign. Check out her interview below.
Tell me who you are.
Essence: I am Essence and 27 years old. I was born and raised in Boston. I got undergraduate degree in English from UMass- Darvin. I recently gradated with my Masters in Educational Leadership from Queen University in Charlotte. I completed my degree online in under two years. I teach math, science and English. I am also a creator and love all things related to creative arts. I love poetry,arts, painting, dancing and drawing! I teach hip-hop dance.
As an educator, why is it important for black children to have teachers that look like them?
Essence: It motivates them. Growing up I didn't have any black teachers and that's one of the reasons I want to help children. Seeing someone achieving who looks like you motivates black children to want more and drives them.
What is your passion? What are your goals?
Essence: My passion is to help others find creativity and motivate the next generation. I desire to promote and uplift full figured women on a larger platform. I don't like when people tell me I am beautiful for my size. I am beautiful period and never let my size restrict me from anything!
I am often referred to as a free spirit. I want to instill confidence in other people. I am naturally competitive and ready to prove people wrong when they tell me I can't do something.
What are your thoughts on buying black and keeping dollars in the black community?
Essence: We need to support each other. All other races always stick together even if they fight amongst each other. Black businesses must also work on customer service. We should be more professional and not be so combative. We should learn how to speak to each other and work together. Never turn way from buying black, find another black business. We have been so brain washed to go against each other and I feel us not sticking together is what we are missing.
You advocate for Black Forward Life Products. What are the products like for you?
Essence: I am obsessed with the Honey & Oats soap. I got so many compliments on my skin glow. Someone even asked me was I pregnant because my skin is so radiant. As someone who was a product junky I am glad I found something that works!
What is your message for black women?
Essence: Be authentic. Be Free with who you are and don't build a wall. Do not be afraid to be who you are just because of judgement. Live in your truth!
Written and published by Queen Stoney
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