Too usually the very best magnificence tales aren’t instructed primarily based solely on an individual’s pores and skin coloration, faith, gender expression, incapacity, or socioeconomic standing. Right here we cross the mic on to a few of the most formidable and proficient voices within the trade to allow them to inform, in their very own phrases, the outstanding story of how they got here to be – and the way they use magnificence to vary the world for the higher. Subsequent up: Jeena Chong, founding father of Gen Z-focused skincare model CityFace.
My journey with magnificence started once I was 15. On a whim, I went on an open name for a modeling company and began working within the trade in Korea. In consequence, I used to be uncovered to many various magnificence corporations and merchandise. On the identical time, I discovered that I had very delicate pores and skin – a whole lot of merchandise that labored for different fashions did not actually match me. After a photograph shoot, I got here house with a whole lot of redness and irritation on my face. That was actually a problem for me in highschool.
Whereas learning enterprise administration and theater at UC Berkeley, I got here up with the concept of beginning my very own skincare model. It was March 2020 once I was given the chance to return to Korea because of the pandemic. I at all times knew I wished to create one thing, however wasn’t positive how till I went to varsity and took a course on entrepreneurship. What actually attracted me was the concept of making a social influence. It was vital to me that I not simply begin one other skincare firm simply to start out one as a result of the market is already so saturated – I wished to create a Gen Z skincare model from Gen Z.
I wished to include my private experiences and passions into the merchandise and the corporate, and I knew that serving individuals with delicate pores and skin could be a core a part of it. I used to be born and raised in Seoul, an enormous metropolis with a lot air pollution, and as I did extra analysis on skincare, I spotted that air air pollution and micro-dust have been most likely the highest causes of my very own pores and skin issues. That led me to develop merchandise for different younger individuals who reside in cities. That is how I got here up with the identify CityFace.
I created one product that was impressed by Seoul, one other product for New York Metropolis as a result of it is simply considered one of my favourite locations, after which one other product for San Francisco as a result of that is the place I’m going to highschool. And since the social influence is essential to me, I’ve teamed up with a non-profit group in each metropolis that serves the inhabitants of Era Z to donate a certain quantity for every product.
“You possibly can’t be afraid to be so weak and actually dedicate your self to the corporate. As a result of I feel it is best to deliver that authenticity into your organization.”
I consider that gaining access to high quality substances is vital for younger individuals, particularly since our pores and skin remains to be growing and altering loads in our teenage years, however I discovered that many merchandise are simply manner too costly. They’re inaccessible to me and my buddies. That is why affordability was so vital to me when creating CityFace, however on the identical time I did not wish to sacrifice the standard of the substances. It was a balancing act.
One of many hardest issues to do at startup was discovering a producer. I gave a bunch of chilly calls to Korea as a result of I knew the standard and substances listed below are one thing I can belief. Throughout my first assembly, I bear in mind strolling right into a room alone and two aged males sitting at a desk. They began to marvel if I used to be the individual they have been alleged to be relationship and once I spoke I may inform that they have been confused and probably not receptive to what I used to be saying. Then they instructed me very instantly that if I wished to be on the mission of serving younger individuals I could not create my model – this was a more moderen concept, particularly for Ok-Magnificence.
I had a second of self-doubt. I believed, “Can I actually do that as a younger girl?” That is probably not frequent in Korea – I grew up with feminine CEOs and founders. And since it was all so private to me, it felt like each little mistake was instantly linked to my self-worth. However that additionally kindled a hearth in me. I used to be slowly gaining the boldness to only be myself and if the producers or the individuals I met did not get it, it was nice as a result of I knew I might discover somebody to do it.
I’ve made it my enterprise to satisfy different Gen Z artists and creators we characteristic on our social media, in addition to several types of Asian founders. Our staff at CityFace additionally consists solely of younger POC. I particularly selected to recruit a staff of scholars or graduates, though I most likely may have labored with extra skilled professionals as a result of I noticed it as a chance to instantly help, empower and be taught collectively as Gen Z.
I’ve confronted a whole lot of challenges – a whole lot of older individuals doubted me at first – however the truth that I bought my manner by to the top and really began the corporate was a giant second for me. Figuring out that I’m serving to different younger feminine entrepreneurs achieve belief and understanding that they can also begin a enterprise was essentially the most rewarding half. You possibly can’t be afraid to be so weak and actually dedicate your self to the corporate. As a result of I feel it is best to deliver that authenticity into your organization.
Picture supply: Jeena Chong