Wednesday Wonder Woman: Kierra Gray

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How would you describe your swagher? What makes Kierra, Kierra?

I would label my swagher as a Determined Queen!!! Determination fuels everything that I go through in life. You have to be determined from the very beginning to shape your life the way you want it to go, whether you are in school, working, a parent, going through struggles, and so forth. I was always the person that truly believed you can achieve anything you set your mind to. I am my biggest critic when it comes to anything in life, because I know what I am capable of doing. I am a Navy veteran, mother of 2, a student, a wife, and so much more. These things are a major key in the creation of me as a person, day by day.  Just like most women, I see my future so much brighter than what the devil has thrown at me. I walk by faith and not by sight, and that, fueled with my determined mindset makes me the woman I am today.

I noticed you seem to believe firmly in embracing uniqueness. Is that something you had issues with growing up?

In some cases, uniqueness was most definitely a struggle of mine. For instance, I was the smart girl at school that dressed very preppy, kept to myself, and only kept my head in books. Instead of going out to parties, I would rather read. Instead of creating memories in the hallways of school, I would rather get to class early to ensure that my work was finished to the teachers liking and prepare for the next lesson that day. People would befriend me just so I can be that smart friend to do their work. At one point I was okay with it, because I felt noticed, then I would later hear them talking about the way I did my hair or the way I dressed, because I wasn’t into dressing like everyone else. Now, one thing to know about me and my family was that we were well off. We were not rich but we had money. With that being said, if I wanted the latest trends I could have gotten them, but I chose to dress according to my liking, as I do now. As I got older with more experiences under my belt, I realized that being unique was what made me the person I love being. I started to visualize the world in a unique way, and from then on I wanted to help others express their uniqueness and be confident in it.

Tell us more about the Majesty Imprint brand…

Majesty Imprint is what I like to call a beauty color brand. What I mean by that is we base our beauty off of the colors of the world, whether it is neutral, vibrant, or pastel. I have learned that color can fuel your mood. In the beauty industry, color can spike a major confidence in a female. Our mission is to find those women in the world that are confident or are searching for that confidence and help them build onto it. I am a firm believer that everyone has some type of beauty alter ego embedded into them. Our goal is to tap into that person and help them release their inner and outer beauty. We are a brand that stands for beauty uniqueness in every sense of the word.

What’s special about virgin hair; what are the benefits or advantages?

I wouldn’t necessarily say that there is anything ‘special’ about virgin hair, but it definitely has its advantages. One of the major advantages is the fact that you are able to do more with pure virgin hair than your own hair without damaging your real hair. Especially, when it comes to coloring and processing your natural hair, it is safer to get the hair sewn in, have some clip-ins made, have a wig made, or possibly get a quick weave. Virgin hair can also be a major confidence booster based on the fact that you can do anything to the hair without any major regrets later and change your style up however much you choose. In my opinion, virgin hair is for the people who chose to enhance their beauty. It is a wonder the confidence that can stem from a simple change of a hair do.

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What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome and how did you do so?

The biggest obstacle that I have ever overcome was being in the military. At first when I graduated, I wanted to go to college and become a lawyer. Well, I made the decision to go into the Navy as a gunner’s mate, which is someone who works on all military weapons. I went in with the intentions that it would be hard because it was something I was not used to use to. I went into the Navy in 2008, and I traveled all around the world, met some amazing people, came out of my nerdy shell, became independent, met the love of my life, mastered my job, went up in rank, got pregnant, and was honorably discharged at 2012. That was the biggest obstacle for me because I had to prove to myself that I could do anything I put my mind to, while still staying true to who I am. It was not easy, but in the end it was well worth it. The way that I got through that obstacle was by pure determination. I took what I had and made the best out of it, and in the end it became part of what made me the woman I am today. Without my enlistment in the military, I truly believe life wouldn’t have gone as amazing as it has for me.

How do you plan to expand your business this year?

I plan on revamping my brand and my site to become something that is truly eye catching and stands out. I am working on other products that I would like to add to my brand. I am also working on possible beauty events for my majesties. Majesty Imprint plans on becoming a household beauty brand in the years to come that will help bring the confidence out of any woman. We are mothers, wives, and so much more, sometimes we want to bring out our alter ego. My majesties should know that IT IS OKAY to do just that. Although, I am still working on the goal setting for 2016, I am truly determined to make sure that I have an established brand this year.

Other than the hair industry, are there any other industries that might interest you? If so, which ones and why?

I am completely enthralled with the beauty industry as a whole. In my opinion, I feel like hair is a part of that industry. I love how the beauty industry can put so much confidence in a woman, to the point where their walk can change from a switch to a sway. How it can change a smirk into a beautiful blooming rose of a smile. I am also in love with the entrepreneurial business world. I have always been the type of person to take charge of my own life and my career path is no different. Being my own boss means being independent. Independence equals hard work and determination with an outcome of success and happiness, in my opinion.

What words of inspiration would you care to share with our followers?  

To all the women in the world that feel like they have to look exactly like the Instagram pictures, have to wear their hair according to the world, do their makeup in accordance to everyone else, raise their children by standards of others, manage their career choices by the advice of others…….MAJOR NEWSFLASH: It’s the unique ones that find happiness within the world. Do you and do it well, but make sure you do it with full confidence and determination. Just watch how one day the tests God gives you in life becomes your testimony. No one can be YOU, but YOU!

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