Aisha has always described herself as a "lipstick junkie" and never imagined that she'd start a global beauty brand when she started her career in finance over 20 years ago. She worked for several years as an investment banker and finance executive in the US, UK, Central and South America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She's also founded a children's play and activity center called Paloo's Place and a media project which showcased successful African women called African HERstory.
She's always believed that women could and should strive for career heights on their own terms and wearing beautiful lipsticks was one of her signature ways of showing up as she navigated the tricky terrain of advancing in a male-dominated profession. She often characterizes her lipstick looks as her superpower ingredient that boosted her confidence though out her career journey of battling imposter syndrome.
As she worked her way up the ladder and achieved a considerable amount of success, she was diagnosed with severe hypertension and felt completely burned out. This was a wake-up call for Aisha and it made her look critically at how she defined success and whether her life goals needed to be redesigned. She moved to California, took a one year sabbatical, and came across a singular insight that legacy beauty companies were product-driven only and they only cared about how women looked. Aisha dreamed of creating a beloved brand that cared about how women felt starting from the inside and then moving outward. She thought it appeared to be a subtle difference but it made all the difference in the world to ambitious women whose ambitions could be ignited by their beauty provider.
Please take a moment below to watch this video and learn more about why she started Bossy Cosmetics and what we hope to inspire.
In founding Bossy Cosmetics, we were pretty intentional about building a business that put its stakeholders first. For us, stakeholders range from our employees to customers to women and girls in our communities to our shareholders and to the environment in which we operate by ensuring that we adhere to the best industry practices and aspiring to exceed them.
We think it's perfect in its brevity and this is how we operate our business on a daily basis.
All of our products are cruelty-free and we are proud to say that we are Leaping Bunny certified.
Being a mission-driven company is an integral part of our DNA and we've always described our core philosophy around the following guiding principles:
Women at Risk International Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in response to the high incidence of sexual assault, rape and human trafficking occurring amongst young girls and women across Nigeria. The Foundation was established to raise awareness and address the prevalence of this problem through the development and implementation of a series of initiatives, targeting both the intervention/treatment of these affected women, as well as providing preventive measures to reduce the high incidence.
The foundation seeks to redress the adverse effects seen as a result of Gender Based Violence both immediate with health and psychosocial risks to survivors such as new cases of HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancies, as well as in the long-term societal problems that subsequently occur such as higher incidence of illiteracy and the adverse impact on girl learning and the social development of a nation.
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