Co-founder of ShanPaulo LLC
"As a domestic violence survivor, part of our overarching mission has always involved the empowerment and betterment of women. Years ago, before I had established my career, I was in a very toxic relationship. I felt dependent on a man, though I was working two jobs and in school. Despite all the red flags and warning signs, I stayed, and eventually that relationship turned to violent physical abuse. I ended up in the emergency room after he attacked both my car and my face, busting my lip and breaking my nose. I was completely resolved after that and vowed I would never let another man treat me that way again. And as strange as it may sound, that incident made me feel more confident, deserving, and independent. This is one of the many reasons why our brand works to help women feel their best – to exude the confidence that all women have deep inside and deserve. I strongly believe that every woman should feel beautiful, confident, empowered, and independent, because they can accomplish anything they want in their lives. That's one of the most important messages our brand seeks to communicate: The world is in your hands – believe it!"