We had the good fortune of connecting with Marquita Pierson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marquita, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I came up with the idea for my business following a deep depression in my life. I was at my lowest and while trying to find ways to unlock my inner queen, I found my love for makeup. Once I realized how therapeutic my makeup sessions were, I knew I needed to share that with other women who need to feel empowered or beautiful. Shortly thereafter, Hood Queenz was born. Being a girl from the hood, there is a target on our back before we are even given a fair chance. Hood Queenz message is that it is acceptable to be yourself unapologetically! It is important that girls, just like me, from the hood understand that you have to be the most authentic version of you possible.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What sets us apart is that we are unapologetically hood. Our brand is for those who are not afraid to create their own lane. I am most proud of my ability to overcome all the trials that have been tossed my way. Daily prayer, trusting in the promise for my life and keeping my faith is how I made it this far. It was never easy, but always worth it. Along this journey, I have learned that in allowing God to be the CEO I cannot be anything but successful. I want others to know that my brand is more than just makeup. I am encouraging Queenz to be able to build other Queenz through discipleship. Lastly, I want to show people how to take all of what life throws at you and create something beautiful.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First, I would take them to my favorite seafood spot, which is Swamp City. Next we would visit Herman Park with our favorite drinks and enjoy the scenery. Then to end the night, we would go to a Painting with a Twist to release that creative side.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout Ashley of She’s Bossy Boutique.  Ashley is a  real Hood Queen who is confident, independent, intelligent, and street smart. A  Hood Queen That has took every obstacle placed in her way and made something beautiful!!  Her  dedication and drive to become a better woman and mom is unmatched. She hustles by any means necessary and is not afraid to be HERSELF !!  A UNAPOLOGETIC BEAUTY QUEEN

Website: HoodQueenz.com

Instagram: H.O.O.DQueenZCosmetics

Twitter: HOODQueenzCosmetics

Facebook: HOODQueenzCosmetics

Image Credits
OJ Images of Essence and Pisces310 Photography

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