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Meet the Beauty Maven and Mompreneur Working to Uplift Black Women Professionals to One Another

Grinding to fulfill your dreams isn’t always pretty, but makeup artist and business owner Mimi Johnson is working to change that by lending fellow entrepreneurs a helping hand — or two, or three.

Johnson, who has her own beauty boutique “The Glamatory” in the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna, recalls having a vision and $30,000 in the bank when she first decided to go into business for herself. The beauty maven and mother of one is now raking in the dough, earning a six-figure income as a makeup artist to the stars, including Angela Simmons and “Real Housewives’” star Kenya Moore.

Makeup artist Mimi Johnson, 37, is the owner of beauty boutique The Glamatory and has her own vegan, cruelty-free cosmetic line. (Photo by: Cindy Lafalaise)

Johnson also remembers not having much help when she first got her start in the industry. So she made it a point to help others as she navigated her own career. Cue the birth of Grind Pretty, an online platform dedicated to highlighting women of color in business while also sharing entrepreneurial tips, creating networking/collaborative opportunities and offering visibility to women-owned brands.

“I wanted it to be a movement that inspired and motivated, and for other girls and women to look and see people who look like them who are doing great things and who are truly grinding pretty,” Johnson told Atlanta Black Star in an exclusive interview.

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