Amber Turner is an entrepreneur with multiple talents. She started a cosmetics line as well as a clothing line, with the motivation of expressive freedom and empowerment.
jbCM: Tell us a little bit about your businesses.
Amber: Magikal Beauty is a cosmetic line that is made from real pearls. Yes, real pearls! I was obsessed with pearls for about five years and I knew that they benefited the skin. I thought, “How amazing would it be if we incorporated pearls in makeup?” and that’s why our main ingredient in all of our cosmetics is pearls. GirlCensored.com is an expressive streetwear brand for girls. When I was growing up, I felt censored and I couldn’t express myself in the way that I wanted to. So that’s what the brand is about; being able to express yourself through fashion.
jbCM: What kind of expression are you referring to? Your own personal fashion or is it something more than that?
Amber: To me, being expressive is things that you want to say and don’t. Things that aren’t considered mainstream. For example, some of the shirts have cuss words on them and growing up as a female I couldn’t curse or say certain things. For a long time, I didn’t, and I felt like if I said those things then I would be a bad person. I needed to come to terms with who I am as a person and honestly, I cuss like a sailor. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, it’s a way for me to express myself.
jbCM: What got you into the make-up business?
Amber: One of the things that I always knew about myself was that I wanted to start a business. For a long time I tried a lot of safe options, with no investments or creative product, just service based. I felt like a business owner, but I knew I wanted to create a product for the market that would impact millions of women. I knew it was a risk because of the investment, but one day I went through a spiritual awakening that led me to believe I could do it. You only have one shot at this life, and for a long time I let other people’s opinions imprison me into doing things that were safe. So, I said “eff it, let’s do it!”
jbCM: What got you into the clothing business?
Amber: I felt like I always had a bad side, well it was more about oppressing a bad side of myself. As I got older, I realized that I needed to be myself. I can’t please everyone. That was something I had to learn after being conditioned to please everyone in my life. I wanted to create something that was ME, that was expressive and not suppressive. For me, it was a hard leap and now that I am actually creating a brand, I’m not just expressing myself but I am really putting myself out there for others to see. But I really just wanted the people around me to love me for me. What’s the point in not being yourself? I thought about my kids and how I want them to be themselves. If I can’t be myself how can I expect them to? I want women to feel comfortable with what they think and be able to express themselves, and that’s what GirlCensored is.
jbCM: Where do you see yourself in the future?
Amber: I really want to make more of an impact in this world, and I can’t do that if I feel empty. So, I want to get to a point where I have a full cup. If my cup runeth over, I just have more to give. I have learned how to manifest certain things in my life, and I want to do it more efficiently moving forward and teach other’s how to manifest things in their lives.