OUR MAY BOSS BABE - DOMINIQUE - a Canadian influencer, creator, and lover of all things fashion, skincare, and makeup.
You’re a strong influence, especially in the Canadian community – what type of influencer would you say you are?
Wow! Thank you for that compliment! I truly love what I do. What kind of influencer am I? I guess one who loves fashion, makeup and skincare as much as I love supporting fellow women, spreading positivity and lending a helping hand where I can.
How did you get started in this industry, and why?
I had a blog ages ago that had a pretty solid following in the early 2000s. At that time, life got really busy with me getting married and sigh, starting a career that didn't fulfill me, so I let that blog die. Fast forward to 2014...my husband was travelling a lot for work for months at a time. He suggested I start up the blog again since I love beauty and fashion. It provided such a great creative outlet that filled some of those lonely days when he was on the other side of the world. I took his advice and never looked back!
What are some current projects you are working on?
Well, I was thinking of starting my own podcast. Doing some research on what that would entail. I also have an upcoming speaking engagement which I'm proud of. Also overhauling and freshening up my website, www.styledomination.com.
What motivates you?
Things that motivate me? Coaching others, learning new things, hitting my goals, a little healthy competition, fun rewards such as treating myself to new athletic gear when I crush a goal....
What are some obstacles you’ve had to face being a black, female entrepreneur, and how have you championed them?
In the early days, I had a popular beauty brand tell me that they didn't want to work with me because "we don't serve Black people." That hurt me deeply. It also motivated me to do my best and to work with brands that "see me" and support BIPOC content creators.
When I started on Instagram and Youtube years ago, I encountered some racism online which caused me to feel a bit insecure. I got over that real quick! I deserve to be here and I work to be successful. It was easy to support other content creators that look like me and to support Black-owned businesses. I share their feeds and sites on my own social media platforms regularly. For so long, Black influencers and businesses were overlooked. The BLM movement was liberating!!!
What’s been your most satisfying moment in business?
When I won the Canadian Digital Influencer Award!! I was so floored. But possibly the most important moment, the moment I am most proud of was when I reached the point of being able to quit my unfulfilling day job. To be able to focus 100% on my passion gave me a joy and comfort that fills my heart!!!
If you were to pass down some words of wisdom to the next generation of female entrepreneurs, what would that be?
"JUST GET STARTED. Perfect is great...done is better."
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