Our Story

Welcome to Bossy Cosmetics

Meet our Founder, Aishetu Fatima Dozie

(everyone calls her Aisha)

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 throughout 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.  

Aisha often says that Bossy Cosmetics is a women's empowerment and mission-driven business that masquerades as a beauty company and we think it's the perfect way to describe the brand.

Please take a moment below to watch these videos 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. 

Our mission statement is quite succinct

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: 

  • Igniting confidence in women who self-identify as being ambitious
  • Offering gorgeous and exquisitely-crafted beauty products for all. 

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Bossy Women!