There are so many reasons to admire Cashmere Nicole, Founder and CEO of Beauty Bakerie. Like many beauty entrepreneurs, the South Bend, Indiana native began producing her cruelty-free cosmetics brand at home. After facing grave health challenges, the beauty maven is enjoying the fruits of her labor as the head of the growing business she founded on the premise of her personal mantra, “better not bitter.” Here are 5 reasons we are crushing on Cashmere Nicole:
1. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor. After beating the disease, she emerged with an amazing appreciation for life. In 2014, Beyonce.com published her detailed story:
For months following my surgery, I was in a state of fear. They’d removed my ‘broken boobs’ but I was left in the aftermath. There were people that tried reaching out, but I retreated. A depression followed.
One night, however, God came to me and it felt so good to hear from him for certain. He spoke so loudly and boldly that night. I knew for certain it was Him and understood more than ever what I needed to do.
I fought hard to spread the word. I continued to reach out and help more people, homeless, helpless, cancer stricken, all the while taking out loans to keep my company running. When I found new lumps this year I was upset. I cried, but that fire in me was reignited and I remembered whom I was really fighting for. I am on the Lord’s battlefield.
2. Despite her challenges, Cashmere remained focused on growing her business. In fact, she recently secured a $3 million seed round led by Unilever Ventures.
Beauty Bakerie recently opened a store in San Diego. The line is also available for purchase on Forever21.com.
3. Cashmere was a teen mom.
In the Youtube clip below, she speaks candidly about how it felt to be a young mother working to provide the best for her child, while trying to pursue her dreams. Her daughter is now 16-years-old.
4. Beauty Bakerie’s poppin’ colors intentionally cater to all skin tones. Cashmere recently tweeted that her daughter’s darker complexion inspired her to start Beauty Bakerie’s Coffee and Cocoa palette. The tweet went viral.
This is me with my daughter, Jasmyn. Different levels of melanin. Felt bad when I️ could find my shade at stores but not hers, when bronzers & highlighters gave me glow up but not her. ?So I️ created Coffee & Cocoa for my precious girl & others to enjoy! ???? pic.twitter.com/vgDQfcs2rT
— beautybakeriemakeup (@beautybakerie) November 8, 2017
5. She is aware of the competition in the beauty world, but she keeps her eyes on the prize. She recently told Ebony.com:
“I think that if you focus only on what you can give to the world, you’re headed in the right direction. No one is paying me to study the Kylie’s of the world and no one is paying her to study anyone else. I’m paid and rewarded by studying Beauty Bakerie, its trends, both its strengths and weaknesses…that is my focus.”