Originally from Miramar, Florida, Shaunziona Brown was destined for greatness. As the fourth child of ten children, affectionately called “Shaunzi”, she found her purpose early on. As a young woman, Shaunzi has been doing hair since the fourth grade. Practicing on her siblings, Shaunzi developed her craft and started to receive compliments and requests to take it to the next level. Moving forward, Shaunzi will begin formal cosmetology schooling in August 2020 while also pursuing dual enrollment at Broward College for her business license.
Early on, Shaunzi began to model locally in Fort Lauderdale. This opportunity gained her the experience she needed to become the sole model and face of Lush Beauty Hair. Shaunzi believes in the Lush Beauty Hair line so much so, that she uses the hairline herself. On this journey, Shaunzi began to develop a love for fashion. Recognizing the stigma behind a woman and her confidence allowed her the opportunity to tap into another arena. She found that many women are not comfortable in their body. Particularly so, bigger women don’t get a lot of attention. Shaunzi believes confidence starts in the mirror from your naked self. How you look at yourself and perceive your body type can positively or adversely affect your perception of self and others. The most ideal move was for her to tap into lingerie and bathing suits for women of all sizes to gain confidence from the inside out.
Authenticity is how you show up in the world at your core. It is the true rarest form of yourself. Operating at her best has made people pay attention to her more on social media. Recently, Shaunzi completed a photo shoot for her clothing line. As a professional, she saw first-hand how important it is for her to surround herself with the right people. Quoted by Shaunzi, “I experienced an overwhelming feeling looking around and seeing everything come together.” Shaunzi recognized that operating out of her authentic power gave her so much courage to do better and set a standard of excellence. Understanding the value of bossing up and having an expectation of greatness has shifted her perspective to say the least.
A defining moment in her life came about while she was working on a client’s hairstyle. Many times, she has been told she is too skinny or a friend is too big for a particular outfit. Many times, she has scrolled past body shaming posts on social media that didn’t sit right with her. Unwilling to accept the status quo, she knew she needed to make a change. It was in that moment that she pushed forward to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion stylist and lingerie party planner. Having the vision of seeing women come together for exclusive events to showcase lingerie and other accessories is a pivotal moment in her career.
This became a reality during a recent photo shoot on Fort Lauderdale beach. Passersby’s had no problem walking up and approaching her about her bathing suit line. Compliments were tossed around like confetti, while recognizing the upscale quality and designs of her bathing suits. The most rewarding moment was when people actually requested to take pictures with the models and follow her IG page.
Shaunzi Brown is unstoppable and a force to be reckoned with. She has made it her business to tap into an industry that is not only challenging, yet difficult to break into. Her ultimate mission is to shift the mentality of women on both ends of the spectrum.
Words of Wisdom: People will attempt to discourage you on your journey and take you away from your purpose. Age is just a number. Don’t chase the money; always chase the passion. Money will eventually come.
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