Woman to Watch For (Aug 2021)
Dedicated to highlighting black creatives, business owners, professionals, and entrepreneurs. This section selects one woman and highlights her business along with insight into the person behind the brand.
Beatz by Cee
Meet Charlesha Henry
Tell me about yourself.
Hello! My name is Charlesha Henry, but everyone knows me as Charlie or Cee. I am 25 years old, and I was born and raised in Franklin, La. I work at a nonprofit domestic violence shelter called Chez Hope. After I am done working during the day, I continuously work on building my brand, Cee Beauty, LLC. Cee Beauty, LLC. is about everything beauty, but as of right now it is strictly focused on makeup. I love every entail about beauty. My love for the beauty industry started in the 8th grade. From 8th grade I have always paid attention to details in an outfit. I did not have a lot coming up, but I would try to mix and match my outfits to be more stylish. In high school is when my love for makeup started. I was inspired when I got my makeup done for the first time by a girl from my town named Matoka Harris. She is very talented, and she sparked something in me to do makeup of my own. As time went on, I learned from practicing, watching YouTube, and taking classes. Today I consider myself a MUA.
What inspires you?
So many things and people inspire me. Things like my past, where I come from, who I used to be, and how I used to act inspires me daily. As a child I used to be troubled. I got into fights a lot and was just all around terrible. Every chance I get, I thank God for his grace because I know that is what got me this far. I don’t ever want to be that person again. Every day when I wake up, I want to be my best and give my best. I tell everyone that I want to be the most genuine person I can be. To walk in light, walk in love, and give love is what I want to do. I also want people to know it doesn’t matter who they used to be or where they came from. All that matters is where you are going. My past inspires me to be a better version of myself and to show up, show out, and give my best every single day.
What is the purpose of your brand? What sparked your interest to create this brand?
The purpose of my brand is for women to see that they are beautiful, even if it is just one thing that they see themselves being beautiful for. Cee Beauty stands for seeing beauty in yourself, the inside, the outside, the good, the bad, the ugly and so on. Cee Beauty equals love, joy, peace, laughter, purpose, happiness, kindness, and beyond that the eye can see. I have always known that I would have a brand one day. A lot of times I ventured off from beauty because I was scared. I let fear get in the way of my success because of others doing the same exact thing. I always thought that there was not ever enough room for me. But one day I turned my fear and doubt into going with my move. I give all the glory to God because he has been so good to me.
What is your goal for your brand or company in the next five years?
My goal for Cee Beauty in the next five years is a cosmetics line. In the next five years I want to be behind the scenes in Hollywood or somewhere big doing makeup. To some it may sound big, but I want to work with Beyonce one day and do her makeup. I would also like to offer classes and different techniques for makeup.
What is one word you would use to describe yourself? Why?
One word that I would use to describe myself is hustler. Laughing out loud!!! I will push myself so hard to get things done. To know me is to know that I will hustle to get whatever it is that I need.
What advice would you give to our readers?
My advice to anyone that is reading this is to trust God. I would also tell them to not give up on your dreams and give yourself grace. We are all human and we make mistakes. We are not perfect. Always be true to yourself and love yourself and others.
How do you define Black Girl Magic?
I define Black Girl Magic as a black woman walking in her truth, loving herself, loving others, having selfcare, having her sisters back, supporting her sister, following and living her dreams, being happy, leading little black girls, getting a degree, going to therapy, starting a business, and anything else that any black girl ever dreamed of doing!!
Where can we find more information on your brand?
You can follow me on all social sites for any questions or to make an appointment with Cee Beauty, LLC or just to keep with the latest of Cee Beauty, LLC.
Facebook: Charlie Henry