LUXE MOGUL INTERVIEW
JAY JILL COSMETICS
Why did you start “Jay Jill Cosmetics?”
I created Jay-Jill Cosmetics for women of color to be able to find foundation shades in true color to match our skin tone.
What is the best and worst decision you have ever made as a businesswoman?
My best decision was furthering my education by becoming a Licensed Esthetician, expanding my knowledge to help women gain self confidence, and teach them how to take care of their skin first and foremost as well as makeup application. If you take care of your skin there’s no need to apply a ton of makeup for a everyday look.
My worst decision: Not discovering my passion and skills at an early age.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?
Not being recognized and acknowledged by our peers as entrepreneurs. I often find that we are not taken seriously when launching a business until years in when we have not given up. I am too dedicated and my passion weighs heavy. I was raised: “Failure is not an option.” Whatever barrier I face, I look to God for guidance.
What woman inspires you and why?
My mother, Florence James aka Flo James, is and has always been my inspiration. Although she is my guardian angel now, What she taught me as a child and into adulthood lives in me. Love what I do, never give up, never start something you can’t finish. My mother owned a beauty salon, so it was only natural for me to follow in her footsteps.
It’s been a slow process for women of color. We come in a variety of melanin skin tones which have been overlooked until recently. There are so many different opinions of what beauty is supposed to look like. We all are beautiful. Beauty can’t be put in a box and dedicated to one race of women. Embrace our melanin; we are here to stay.
What is your superpower, or what is your spirit animal and why?
Prayer and meditation are my superpowers.
My spirit animal is a cat. I’m curious and mysterious. I love having my freedom to try different things and venture into the unknown.
What do you want your legacy to be?
My legacy is to be remembered as a loving and caring person and friend, dedicated to my family and business, and offering one of the best makeup and skincare brands for women of color.