Queen: Chantel J
“Take that leap of faith and believe in your gift. If you doubt it it wont grow. “
The ability to make someone feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside is truly a gift. The ability to teach and empower someone to do this for themselves is an amazing blessing. Chantel J has been blessed with this ability. Even though she lives in Texas now, she has definitely taken the Chi-town hustler spirit with her. Chantel’s passion and gift is definitely working for her. Multiple of her tutorials have gone viral, reaching almost 500,000 views (you better slay girl!) Learn more about Chantel J below!
- What do you love most about Chicago?
- “I love the culture. Where else can you walk down the street and hear bucket boys and people that sing on the subway or the preacher man on state st? The food is bomb, there are so many things that make Chicago great. People hustle in Chicago. They put their foot to the ground and make it happen. It’s not a weak city, you can not be weak and expect to make it out there. You have to do it and do it aggressively. People get knocked down but it’s the people that get back up that make it in the city. I love that you can make it.”
- What made you leave the Chi and head to Dallas?
- “I left Chicago because the job market was hard, there were jobs in Dallas, people can live well here.I moved two weeks after I graduated in December of 2012 and all I had was somewhere to stay for a little bit, my clothes and $250. I had to move somewhere where that I could succeed. Now, I live in a really nice area and I am able to make more money every year. I know that if I push it, I can make it work. I can also leave my car unlocked and people may steal a charger but not the whole car (haha).”
- Have you always been a creative person?
- “Yes, hair has always been a passion of mine and creative poetry was a big outlet for me.”
- What ignited the spark in you to want to get serious about makeup?
- “It’s weird because freshman year of college, some lady sold Mary Kay and she got my best friend and I to buy the starter kit around refund check time. Makeup became a bonding time for my friends and I. It felt good helping someone else feel good about themselves. Makeup can highlight the beauty that you already have that you couldn’t see at first and I loved that. I found my lane and I’m sticking to it.”
- What three pieces of advice would you give to our fellow brown girls who want to become successful?
- Network and be open to critiques. The makeup groups I am apart of on facebook, intrigued me to try harder and to do more tutorials. I made many genuine connections and one time I had no idea the person I was talking to was responsible for growing brands, and she was able to help me. It’s all about who you know. Don’t get me wrong you still have to do the work, and be consistent with what you want to do. Don’t kiss butt but if someone is being nice to you and you have the opportunity to reciprocate that, do so.”
- “Be open to receiving help, you never want to be nasty with people because you never know where that connection may lead.”
- “Don’t be scared to try new things. You may not be good at something but you can become good at it. Growing up my sister was always good at braiding hair. I did not braid other people’s hair out of fear of me not being good at it. For years, I told myself I could not braid. I knew that I could do hair but I could not braid. One day, I just got over that fear and tried it. It may have looked terrible, but I tried. Long story short, I braid my hair all the time now. I convinced myself that I could do it. This can be applied to anything. If you don’t believe in yourself, nothing is going to work. The same thing with weight loss, you have to get tired of being a certain way, you have to get to that point where enough is enough. With this makeup thing, I’m not going back.”
6. How can someone remain successful while adhering to their identity?
- “Be confident and do not care about what others will say. If I want to do something I’m going to do it. I don’t care about what the next person thinks. At the end of the day, if you run your life based on the perceptions that people have about you, you would get nowhere. People said “I was fat, that my shape wasn’t nice, my gap was too big” all types of nonsense.”
- “Have an entrepreneurial mindset, share the knowledge that you learn, and be around people who think bigger than just a 9-5 (no shade to my fellow 9-5ers).”
- People like to diminish your character because they have a problem with themselves. At the end of the day, it’s your life not theirs. I use to care what people thought but, I had a turning point in my life. I know how it feels to be diminished and I don’t want to make people feel bad about them themselves. It is a process to not care what other people think. You just have to take that leap of faith and believe in your gift. If you doubt yourself, you won’t grow.”
7. What is one of your failures and how did you learn from it?
- “I was in a really verbally abusive relationship. We tore each other down but I loved them more than anything. I passed up a study abroad opportunity because I was scared to lose that person. If anyone ever has an opportunity that is amazing and out of the norm please do it. If you get an offer to go overseas all expenses paid, do it. I had the opportunity to learn and travel but I didn’t go because I didn’t want to lose the relationship. I learned to follow my passions and my dreams.”
8. How do you define success?
- “Success is finally being able to do that one thing you always wanted to do that you’re great at. When you finally get a chance to do it, regardless of getting paid or not, it makes you so happy. Eventually, your gift will catch the attention of someone who really loves what you do and your gifts will start working for you and your success.
Chantel is making major moves in the world of beauty with her Facebook live tutorials and taking #BlackGirlMagic to an entirely new level. We commend her for sharing her gifts with the world and for helping others feel and look as beautiful as she is. My eyebrow game went from 0-100 real quick, haha, thanks girl! We are also proud to announce that Chantel just launched her own makeup company! Within her first day of business, she sold out of EVERY product. So if you want a glow that’s serious, a glow like no other, then check out her black owned business for restocking updates! Chantel is making the world a better place MashAllah (GOD has willed in Arabic).
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