Today we’d like to introduce you to Raina Brown.
So, before we jump into specific questions about what you do, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In 2011, I attended a leadership program at Brown University. My time at Brown University was a mind-altering experience. It was the first time that I realized eating disorders existed, and that I was not the only person struggling with low-self esteem. Growing up, I was teased because of my height, my forehead, my weight, and my hair. As a result of me being teased, I felt like I was not good enough.
The following year, I had a close friend who struggled with an eating disorder. I concluded that low-self esteem is universal, and I wanted to do something to alter that. So, I decided to start an organization that would serve to combat low-self esteem. As I was walking down the street with my friend, I came up with the name of my organization. We were walking down the road listening to Pretty Girl Rock by Keri Hilson. When Keri Hilson said, “You are beautiful, I thought to myself everyone is beautiful. So that is how I came up with,” We Are Beautiful.” My next step was planning out how I would work to combat low-self esteem; I decided that I would create a Facebook page to boost others confidence. However, the Facebook page was not a success. I had to go back to the planning stage. Although creating a Facebook page was an exceptional idea, it was my cover-up. I am terrified of talking in front of others. I sweat so much, and my mind goes blank when I am in front of a crowd. However, I decided to push past my fear by talking to middle school girls and later high school girls about confidence. Once I graduated, I thought the best idea would be for me to start a summer camp, since I am a full-time student. So, in 2018, I launched the first We Are Beautiful Camp, and this summer I held the second We Are Beautiful Camp.
We Are Beautiful has evolved; I went from only posting inspirational post on Facebook to having a summer camp, Love and Beauty Event, and Entering High School Forum. I am pleased with what I have done, but I know there is so much more for me to do.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road. I started We Are Beautiful at 13 years old, and I did not have much knowledge about running a business. However, as time went on, I learned.
Also, during my early years, I wanted to give up. However, I decided to keep going. I remembered why I began this; I wanted to change the narrative of others. I also remembered how saddened I was, from knowing my friends were struggling with eating disorders. Always remember why you are doing what you are doing and let that motivate you. Starting a business can become challenging. It can be challenging to establish clientele and funding.
Initially, I started a go fund me account to fund the venue, the snacks, and activities. However, I did not raise a sufficient amount of funds. So, I ended up using my apartment studying room, and I supplied the snacks and the supplies. However, eventually, I received help. So, I want to communicate to new business owners that it will get better. I also want to quote one of my favorite bible scriptures that states, “The race is not giving to the swift.”(Ecclesiastes 9:11). It does not matter how long it takes your business to become successful; it will happen. Be patient and believe in yourself. Once you believe in yourself, you will become unstoppable.
Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
We are Beautiful Inc.’s goal is to help young girls worldwide to deal with everyday life issues such as mental health, low self-esteem, self-care, and healthy relationships. More than ever, our young girls need to be equipped with the proper tools to navigate everyday life; We are Beautiful will help empower and educate our future women to be better versions of themselves through mentorship and educational seminars. Looking ahead, we will be providing mental health and credit counseling, entrepreneurship, and etiquette classes. I hope that all participants will feel free to fall in love with themselves, heal, and be kind to themselves and others. I believe that people’s lives have changed and will change from my organization.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I stood up against social injustices. I was outspoken when it came to speaking up about injustices in the school system. As a child, I imagined living a life like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., A life that was not in vain, a life that others will never forget. In terms of interests, my interest is in writing. I love that writing allows you to escape even if it is just for thirty minutes; it is a place of freedom.
- Website: http://raina-brown.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: _wearebeautifulinc
- Other: personal instagram : _rainabee