Out of more than 275 applicants, fine fragrance brand BROWN GIRL Jane was recently crowned as the first-ever graduate of the inaugural Sephora Beauty Grant in partnership with The 15 Percent Pledge.
On Feb. 3, co-founder and CEO Malaika Jones was captured on video proudly accepting an achievement award at the annual star-studded 15 Percent Pledge Gala, which took place in Los Angele. She was honored with a clapping ovation before she graced the stage with Artemis Patrick, President of Sephora North America, and Danessa Myricks, Founder of Danessa Myricks Beauty. The announcement of the Sephora Beauty Grant celebrated a ‘shestory’ anchored in heritage, wanderlust, and masterful craftsmanship that is BROWN GIRL Jane.
“Some nights make this crazy entrepreneurial journey feel even more rewarding. Still floating,” Jones captioned a post on Instagram.
“Thank you to my unbelievably amazing @sephora family and the trailblazers at @15percentpledge for honoring @itsbrowngirljane with the achievement award at this year’s gala. @taibeau @niafana and I are so incredibly grateful and humbled, and we’ve only just begun. Eyes forward, hearts full.”
Beauchamp, who serves as chief business officer (CBO) at BROWN GIRL Jane, also expressed her gratitude to the partnering companies and emphasized the importance of the brand.
“Your commitment will shift previously normalized patterns for the better and more reflectivity. Thank you! We are so grateful to be awarded the inaugural #sephora#15percentpledge Beauty grant as we continue to bottle award-winning, mood-boosting fragrances that reflect the rich culture of the Diaspora to support our collective wellness.”
The love didn’t stop there. Beauchamp also gave a shout-out to her co-founders and Spelman College sisters for the journey up to this point.
“It took years and years to arrive to a place where industry finally recognizes and accepts that inclusivity matters,” she wrote. “To my loves @browngirlmalaika and @niafana, with the highs and lows of life, business, conviction, fatigue, lessons, and joys…we are doing it, Joe! Love to each of you for the vision, fortitude, sleepless nights, and commitment,” she continued.
“At BROWN GIRL Jane, our mission has always been to shift culture’s course and give voice to every part of us, to our stories steeped in heritage. This recognition means we’ve touched lives. To anyone who feels unseen — we bottle inspiration for you. To Sephora — we are grateful to be a vessel. Thank you for reminding us that the future smells like home,” Malaika Jones wrote on the company’s Instagram page.
Source: Black Enterprise