“I would love to inspire people to rise; No matter how far we fall, and how many steps we’re set back, there is a Phoenix in us all; We must learn to RISE!”
As a part of our series about strong female leaders, we had the pleasure of interviewing Angela Renee White who is known to the world as “Blac Chyna”.
Chyna is a mother of two, professional model, and a black successful business woman. She is also an ex-reality TV star & an internet sensation with over 15 million followers on Instagram. Chyna is multifaceted entrepreneur who by any means knows how to hustle and grind. In her younger years, she used to be a stripper using this “get money quick” mentality to help her put food on the table as well as pay for her college tuition. She once was a student attending Johnson & Wales University in Miami, however those long nights and early mornings resulted in Chyna dropping out due to the inconsistency of not being able to make it to class, stay awake, or perform on a level that would have had her more focused leading up to graduation. While working so hard to make ends meet, she obtained the name “Blac Chyna” from a customer. People in Miami were very fond of her beauty including her exotic look. Even radio host Angela Yee described her as “looking like someone who was going to be famous.” In 2010, Drake mentioned the socialite's name in his song called “Miss Me.” This sparked major attention and helped expose Chyna even more, which led her to receive an increase of modeling jobs that landed her on the covers of Dimepiece, Straight Stuntin, and Black Men’s Magazine. Not to mention, Chyna was casted as Nicki Minaj’s stunt double in her video for hit-single Monster. Taking her level of success up a notch, Chyna enrolled in JLS Professional Makeup Artist School in February 2013. Later in the same year, she launched an online boutique called “88fin” where she sales fashionable items and unique products; this was in December 2013. During this same month, the beauty empress launched a luxurious cosmetic line called “LASHED by Blac Chyna” offering an array of beauty/skincare products. Lastly in 2014, Chyna opened up a beauty bar located in Encino, Los Angeles where she provides makeup courses and more. Chyna, 30, is an amazing mother of two beautiful kids; King Cairo, son to rapper Tyga and Dream Kardashian, daughter to her ex-fiancé Rob Kardashian. She is also a well-established business woman who doesn’t leave any money on the table; Chyna knows how to create and take advantage of opportunities that comes her way. In addition, she is kind-hearted, a world traveler, and a great friend to many. She is currently focused on motherhood, some new business ventures, and her new docuseries “Being Blac Chyna” which will be presented by the Zeus Network. You can expect the debut in early Late Summer/ Early Fall 2019!
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I’ve always been known for my looks. It was natural for me to get into the beauty space. I love cosmetics, skin care and anything to do with taking care of yourself.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?
Having positive reviews on my products. I knew that it would happen but they are all positive.
What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
A) What makes my company stand out, is that its owned by a black female. I begin this company more than 5 years ago and its steady expanding. Lashed is not only an online store but its a full service salon in Encino, CA. I can offer hair and nail services.
Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?
Yes! I have my new show on ZEUS Network, The Real Blac Chyna premiering later this summer. My show will give people a chance to really see the business persona, mother persona and just Angela White in general. I think me being transparent will show people that im regular just like they are. I hope my story and day to life inspires.
What advice would you give to other female leaders to help their team to thrive?
The BEST advice I can give female leaders to help their team thrive is to lead by example. Work just as hard if not harder than your team. Be transparent! Provide a safe place for people to work in.
What advice would you give to other female leaders about the best way to manage a large team?
The best way to manage a large team is to assign positions correctly. Know who’s working for you.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I believe by sharing my story and journey young girls and women will be able to use what I've experienced to learn from. Rather it be good or bad, there is good by seeing a strong women overcome and keep pushing. That is the goodness I hope everyone takes from my success. It wasn’t over night and I’m still going.
What are your “5 Leadership Lessons I Learned From My Experience” and why.
- Set Boundaries
- Ensure everyone knows their roles
- Being on one accord
You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
I would love to inspire people to rise. No matter how far we fall, and how many steps we’re set back. There is a Phoenix in us all. We must learn to RISE!
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Byeeeeeee! Lol if it doesn’t have a positive effect on my life or serve me any good. It can’t stay. Simply BYEEE!
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them :-)
Lady Gaga. She’s such an inspiration. I admire the fact that she’s authentic and truthful. Despite the woes of the world, she manages to push through and command respect and change while doing so.