Today we’d like to introduce you to Britnee Alphin.
Britnee, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a photographer, blogger, entrepreneur, missionary and as of January 2018, I am the founder of an amazing nonprofit foundation called The Brash Foundation. If you were to Google me, you’d see my past interviews on my web show, photography, blog posts I’ve written and features. I do a LOT but the one thing that brings me the most joy (other than serving God’s people) is Brash! Most of my life, I struggled with self-confidence. It wasn’t until December 2017 that I had a long talk with God and looked myself in the mirror and owned my mess that I was able to overcome that flaw. I was always comparing myself to other women and wanting to be skinny. Turns out PCOS isn’t the friendliest health diagnosis for weight loss and the food is WAY too good to give up (I’m already a vegan – I need all the food I can get).
Brash is so awesome because it not only lets me give back to young girls in the community but it keeps me going! The Brash Foundation is a nonprofit youth foundation for adolescent girls ages 10-16 struggling with self-confidence. There is also a mentor program for girls transitioning into womanhood, ranging from ages 17-20. Brash came to me after my Mom told me about one of her good friend’s daughter. She battled with confidence and self-esteem issues at school and it tore me apart. I mean I have known this little girl since she was a baby and to know that I have been around her for this many years and never sown a seed into her made me feel horrible! I started Brash two weeks after hearing her story and even sat down with her to come with a name. Defining the Boldness Within You is a spin-off of what she suggested and that is what Brash plans to do! I wouldn’t be an effective role model and Christian if I didn’t do my part while I was on earth. Photography, blogging and entrepreneurship do bring me joy but nothing brings me a sense of purpose or pure joy than mission work and Brash! I wouldn’t be kosher with just being free of self-esteem issues and not sharing how I overcame it with young girls who struggle daily. Suicide is way too common with kids these days and bullying and self-esteem are the culprits. I have to do better for these girls and make a try impact! Behold, The Brash Foundation.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Oh God no! Brash has been the most complex business I have ever invested in. I mean, I’m essentially responsible for someone else child so I have no room to fail or drop the ball in a major way. Outside of me being super introverted, I am extremely shy! It’s so difficult to talk to anyone no matter what their age is, so that obstacle always brings me the worst anxiety and challenge. Plus, trying to have a 501c3 nonprofit organization is a challenge in itself BUT I am determined to overcome that.
The Brash Foundation – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
So Brash is a nonprofit youth foundation for adolescent girls ages 10-16 struggling with self-confidence. There is also a mentor program for girls transitioning into womanhood, ranging from ages 17-20. Brash mainly caters to young girls of color and the reason for that is because I feel that the limits and boundaries for young black girls are a lot more on front street than it is for any other race. Being an African American woman is difficult because there are world standards and “Black standards”. In Black culture, the expectation is to be plump in all the right areas, turn heads with your beauty and be poised but not stuck up. When you’re in that realm of not fitting in due to looks and not meeting other “requirements” you get singled out and made fun of. I was that young girl! I had long hair, dimples, bucked teeth and I was chubby! I was ridiculed for my appearance in grade school and it broke me. Sure my family told me I was beautiful but they are family, that’s what they were supposed to say. I remember hating being Black and it wasn’t until 2017 that I really started loving my culture! Being Black is LIT! I mean, I love all people and I love all cultures and never discriminate but I LOVE being Black. The possibilities of greatness are endless! Black women alone has so many dope characteristic ranging from being a super mom to being the CEO of the largest firm in the world. I wanted to give young girls the opportunity that wasn’t offered to me when I was a young girl and that is to be a positive role model that offers another option to live happy!
Being a new foundation, I do everything and I love it! I love learning new things to better grow the brand and bring awareness. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Marketing and it came in handy when it was time to market Brash. I’m super proud of how Brash is coming together! God is doing something super amazing for Brash and I can’t wait until it all unfolds and changes the lives of every girl who decides to be a part of it.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of my career thus far was collaborating with Meagan Henry. Meeting her was a game changer! She is the dopest human in the world with a giant heart! Meagan is my mentor and sounding board for all things Brash and my businesses. She is the founder of M7 Creates, M7 Foundation, Mahogany Moguls and ATL4Haiti. Meagan is packed full of information and so much love and passion. She opened my eyes to new experiences and just a new level of excellence! Meeting her has changed my life and has caused me to have more faith in God, take more pride in what I do and push myself to greater heights. I have never tapped into my businesses like I’m tapping into them now and I’d like to think that divine connection with Meagan ordained by God was a major part in the entrepreneur that I am today!
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