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People Empowered: Jessica

Jessica Beauty Influencer and Gun Violence Survivor
Advocate for Self Love
Could you tell us what happened to you in July 2018?

“In July 2018, as I was on my way to work, I was driving and I stopped at a stop sign. A driver passed me and stopped on my left side as another driver stopped at my right and they began to shoot at each other. I was caught in the crossfire. I was shot in the face as well as in the hand and everything just paused for a moment. When I finally came back into consciousness that’s when I realised I was bleeding out of my face. I reached out for my phone, but by this point, blood was everywhere, so I had to start driving to find help. I made it to a main street and waved out for help. Some great people - I still don’t know who they are and I thank them to this day - called 911 and I got to the hospital.”


Gun violence, how are you raising awareness?

“Here in the US, there are definitely stricter gun laws that can be enforced. Right now, I’m trying to be a part of that process by raising awareness for the fact that innocent people are being gunned down, for lack of a better term. It’s a really sad thing to say, it hurts to word it in that way, but it’s honest. Something I want to be a huge advocate for is reaching the culprits. I’m hoping that by telling my story the people committing the crimes realise they’re taking innocent lives, that they could have taken my life and I wouldn’t be here to tell my story today. I want them to know that they’re affecting people, affecting the survivors, affecting the victims and affecting families and communities. It’s much bigger than them and they don’t have the authority to decide when a life is taken. I just really hope to reach the people responsible and make them realise this isn’t what they should be doing.”


Jessica modelling the white orson sandals


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what do you love most about beauty and makeup?

“What do I not love about beauty and makeup! I love that it’s an art. From makeup to hair care to skincare, it’s a craft. It gives you confidence and makes you feel like you can go out into the day and get going. It’s just such a good feeling knowing that you took some good care to yourself. I don’t work in beauty, but one day I will. One day I’ll definitely be engulfed in the beauty community; I’m going to speak that into existence!”


Prosthetic Eye

“I still have it and I use it for education purposes, but as far as my day-to-day look, I go without. I’ve accepted that I don’t have one now, so wearing a prosthetic feels unnatural, which is crazy to say as I’ve gone twenty-some years with an eye! I just feel really good about who I am now, this is a part of me, so to switch out something that’s that much of a feature wouldn’t feel right.”

What does beauty mean to you?
Lack of diversity in beauty?

“We are currently in a time of change in the beauty world, so I’m very happy to be moving into it at this current moment, but from some responses I’ve received on social media, it’s noticeable that people haven’t seen many individuals with differences who embrace their change. I just want to spread the word to everyone who is listening and say that you can be a part of the beauty world because there’s something in you that nobody else has that somebody else is looking for. If you want to dive into the beauty world, go for it!”

Black History Month Importance

“Black History Month is amazingly important to me and our culture. Whilst every day is a day to honour African American history, it’s beautiful to see a month filled with such praise and education. With the recent events that have taken place, we must utilise this time to continue to bring awareness and give the glory to all of the African Americans before us that have paved the way for the opportunities and advancements that we have today. The younger generations are currently seeing history being made and it’s imperative that we also see just how far we have come. It’s a time to uplift and ensure that the impact of African Americans across the world will never be forgotten. The best way to honour this time is to continue to keep the visibility of African American influence on the world alive. I love to see, share and learn about the activism, food, music, fashion and overall culture that has swept through the land and getting the credit it deserves. As a whole, I appreciate that a shift is happening in many communities. From brands to huge corporations, I feel that we are all coming together to make certain that the African American community is loved, seen and respected and that is something to be proud of.”


Jessica Modelling red slip on sneakers and red quilted bag


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I feel most empowered when I’m making a difference.

“I feel most empowered when I’m making a difference. With all the craziness that goes on in the world, sometimes people need that one smile, or that kind word, or a friend that day. To know that I smiled at someone today or asked them how they’re doing, or was just a light to their day, that makes me feel so good on the inside. You just realise how much you can change the world! I really believe that if you shine your light on another person and it ignites their light, they can move onto the next person and share theirs too. So I am empowered by making a difference, by shining my light and by just being a kind person.”


Saying or quote Jessica Lives by
Favourite Kurt Geiger Accessory

“There’s a black quilted leather Kensington that I NEED! I look at it very often. I’ve gone through my bag collection and I’m like ‘I love this… But if I had that one bag…’ It even has the perfect gold chain - oh it’s just perfect!”

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