Mahogany chatted with Kenyatta Gant, creator of Pink Lipps Cosmetics, to find out what motivates her, who empowers her, and how she celebrates her Blackness.
What was your inspiration for starting Pink Lipps Cosmetics?
My inspiration for starting Pink Lipps was simply because I wanted to do something that would eventually make my daughter proud. So, we created the one thing that she loved at the moment, lip gloss. We created it in my mom’s kitchen as a mother/daughter project, and Pink Lipps was born.
What do you hope Black women will feel when they use Pink Lipps?
What I hope Black women feel when they wear my cosmetics is empowered and confident. Most importantly, I want them to be encouraged to be their authentic selves.
How does it feel to receive support and encouragement from our community?
It feels absolutely amazing, and I feel so fulfilled when my community supports me and Pink Lipps. It reminds me that I am on the right path.
Who in your life encourages and empowers you the most?
Who encourages me the most are my husband and mom, and who empowers me the most are my children and friends.
What advice would you give to a sister who wants to start her own business?
The advice I would give to a sister who wants to start her own business is to just start. Do it scared. Believe in yourself, block out the nay-sayers, and go all in!
Here at Mahogany, we’re motivated by purpose, faith, and community, to celebrate Blackness 24/7. How do you celebrate yours?
I celebrate my Blackness through authenticity. Showing up as me, always, and knowing that I won’t always be accepted—but who cares because I’m me.
Anything else you want readers to know about you and your business?
Pink Lipps was created to empower women to show up as their true selves through our cosmetics.