I am a self-proclaimed anti-groupie (no, I’m serious!) so there are very few celebrities I would even blink twice at if they were standing in front of me at Starbucks. However, Myleik Teele, the founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of curlBOX*, is a natural hair celebrity and someone I respect. No matter who you are (anti-groupie and all) you HAVE TO respect someone who is dedicated and on their grind every single day. And, that’s who Myleik is, a driven young woman who I respect immensely.
Needless to say I was excited when I heard she was coming to NY for a meetup and hosting it at Karen’s Body Beautiful**. I met Karen at the Charleston Natural Hair Expo at the beginning of June and I had heard her speak at National Natural Hair Meetup Day; we all know Karen is amazing. But, I had never been to Karen’s in Brooklyn so for me it was a two for one special: I could meet Myleik and finally visit KBB.
I got there at 6:15 and stood outside waiting to enter for a while; KBB is not big enough to accommodate ALL the women who came out. (The line was still wrapped around the corner when I left at 8:30.) Myleik came out and spoke to us while we waited (she said it wasn’t fair that we suffer in the heat alone – heart her) and Karen came out and passed out waters (heart her, too). While we stood I personally asked Myleik about her NY meetings at Essence, Ouidad, etc. and she explained that her goal during this trip (and always) is to show the brands how important *we* black women are to and in the market as consumers. #respect
ADDED BONUS! I got to see Fran from heyfranhey and YouTube, a high school, friend I hadn’t seen in years.
While I’m not subscribed to curlBOX, I definitely wanted to meet Myleik and I’m definitely happy I went. It was very inspiring to hear her and Karen talk about supporting each other.
For pictures, please visit my gallery here.
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*curlBOX is a super exclusive monthly subscription service for women with curly hair. Learn more about it here.
**Karen’s Body Beautiful is a hair and skin care line that is sold online and at her store in Brooklyn where she also provides spa serves. Learn more about it here.