AS: What is the impact you hope to leave on the beauty space?
JK: I just want to show women how to find their own beauty, whether it be through one of my tutorials or listening to me talk about confidence. That is my number one reason for doing what I do. I also want to be known for connecting people; I am always pushing my friends who have great platforms and great content. My friend Courtney, of @CurlsandCouture, creates amazing hair tutorials and documents her travel adventures. Jess, of @heygorjess, keeps me inspired to get in the gym! And Michelle, of @lovemichelleana, is someone I truly admire. She took the loss of her young husband as a way to help others. If you're going through a tough time and need some encouragement, this is the girl to follow!
I am always trying to connect stylists and photographers with other influencers, and vice versa. I hope to be a catalyst for people to grow their brands. It is possible to get out of the "crabs in bucket" mentality. We can really all be great. Through women like Cardi B, Issa Rae, and Serena Williams, 2017 showed us that there is room for all of us at the top. How amazing will it be when it's not surprising to see a black woman in a major beauty campaign? We're going to get to that place, but it's fully on us right now to open those doors for ourselves and each other.