Lauren Napier, founder of Lauren Napier Beauty, is no stranger to racism in her personal life and as a business-owner in the beauty world. When she first came up with the idea to create eco-friendly makeup wipes, she knew her products would be for all people, no matter their race—but, unfortunately, this business model isn’t unanimously practiced in the wellness industry.
The process of finding retailers to carry Lauren Napier Beauty did not come without struggle. Lauren regularly received insulting comments about her race, but persevered in spite of the ignorance of others. Now, with her make-up wipes being sold worldwide, Lauren is on a mission to educate people on the realities of systemic racism and use her experience to help Black Women-led businesses get the funding they need with the Consider Something Better initiative.
As a wellness space that isn’t afraid to support controversial ideas and explore unpopular alternatives, Agent Nateur certainly doesn’t tiptoe around humanitarian issues. We are ALL being invited to participate in the much-needed change that is occurring right now, and this episode of Nateurious spotlights the challenges of being Black in America, with a particular focus on the underfunding and underbanking of Black Women-led businesses.
In this timely conversation, Lauren tells us just a few of her many experiences with racism and offers insight on how we can stand in solidarity and make a meaningful difference. She touches on the history of racism, policing, and protesting while offering tangible ways you can support, speak out, and be anti-racist from an economic perspective.
OTHER TOPICS OF CONVERSATION
- Jena’s experience growing up in a segregated community
- Acts of racism committed against Lauren’s family
- The founding of Lauren Napier Beauty
- The beauty industry’s 15% pledge to support Black-owned businesses
- The revised definition of racism
- The dangers of our current “cop culture”
- Microaggressions against Black people in work environments
- The simultaneous adoration and silencing of black athletes
- How broken family structures stunt economical advancement
- The important distinction between ethnicity and race
- The need for more mental health resources in the Black community
- How Agent Nateur is committed to making a difference
FIND LAUREN NAPIER ONLINE
Lauren’s Instagram: @laurennapierbeauty
Lauren Napier Beauty’s website: www.laurennapier.com
The Consider Something Better initiative: https://www.considersomethingbetter.com/
About Rodney King: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_King
About Anita Hill: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anita_Hill
Merriam-Webster’s definition of “Racism”:https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racism
Radio Public: https://radiopublic.com/nateurious-WdYqvA