6 March, 2018. Samoa – “I want my clients to leave BossBabez not only with a perfectly ‘beat face’, but also with a whole new attitude of self-love, self-worth and a chunk load of confidence”. Confidence, love and acknowledging your self worth, is what 21 year old make up artist and young entrepreneur Marjourie Meredith and her new business, are all about.
In an exclusive interview with Samoa Planet, Marjourie explained how her own personal insecurities have helped define her business vision, “I was always annoyed when I walked into shops that didn’t have my size in clothes and shoes so I decided early on, that if I ever had a business, it would not only cater to slim women but also for my voluptuous soul sisters. Even though it is a business, I know BossBabez will also be a platform for me to reach out to other women who have low self-esteem and who are constantly letting others take advantage of them.”
Even the name of her business speaks volumes of her business ideal, “The name BossBabez came to me after 3 months of seeking God for direction in my life. I was in my final semester of my BA in International Community Development and I was already asking God about what I was to do with my life.”
“I chose to name my Makeup business BossBabez because it defined my bold nature and who I am as a woman. I define a BossBabe as a woman who is happily independent, strong, confident, intelligent and comfortable in her own skin.”
Marjourie recently established BossBabez Make Me Up Creation – which offers full-makeup and hair services for special events. She said, “It was only when I went overseas on a scholarship, that I discovered my love and passion for the craft.”
“When I was at school, I was always fascinated by make-up and I never really understood the lingo and make-up terms – let’s face it, the only thing I was using back then was mascara and lip-gloss,” she said with a laugh.
Marjourie touched on a time when she questioned her self worth, and how this affected her well being, “Growing up, I often compared myself to my sisters because they were slim, athletic and they weren’t too bad with their looks either…yes, my confidence was really low and I didn’t even know what self-esteem was back then.”
She says that it wasn’t until she started gaining a substantial amount of weight in high school that her confidence dropped to an all-time low, “It wasn’t until I was in Year 9, that my mum started dragging me to Zumba every day, for the whole year. By the time I hit year 13, I slimmed down quite a bit and my confidence began to soar.”
As time went on, Marjourie’s fiery passion for Make-up grew- as well as her vision for what she could do if she pursued it full-time.
She explained, “I would watch YouTube videos for hours and just sit on my laptop and do research on what brands suited my skin-type best. I became so hooked on it, that I would blow my whole allowance on just buying makeup.”
“I started experimenting on my own face first, next thing I know, I’m experimenting on my roommates, until eventually I had other clients from University approach me.”
“At the moment, BossBabez is starting out as a Makeup business, but the long term goal is to eventually branch out into hair dressing, a shoe and clothing-line, as well as my own organic Makeup products using Samoan natural resources.”
Today, as Marjourie juggles bookings, clients and business promotions, she never lets her message of self-love and the importance of self-worth, die out.
She said, “Sometimes I’m just astounded at how many women I cross paths with, who don’t even value themselves. I see women measuring themselves by how many likes they get on social media, and I see many trying to find their validation and their worth in men. It’s honestly so sad to see.”
“Women of this generation need to be reminded of their worth! If God says she is more valuable than jewels and worth more than rubies or pearls, then why should anyone else tell her otherwise?”
“Being raised by a strong God-fearing business woman, I was always taught to know my worth as a woman, to see my worth from God’s perspective. One of my favourite scriptures in the Bible is Proverbs 31:10 which talks about the value of a woman.”
Ending with a piece of advice, Marjourie said, “Please and I mean please ladies, do not settle for a man who does not know your value. Ladies discover your worth in God. Be ambitious and don’t think of marriage before achieving your goals. Set yearly goals for yourself and see if those goals align with God’s purpose for your life.”
For more information or to book your slot with Marjourie, check her out on Facebook @BossBabez Make Me Up Creation or on Instagram @she_a_bossbabe
Reporter with Samoa Planet.
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