YouTuber Spotlight: Ms. Jackie Aina

 

She’s sassy and sweet with an outstanding, humorous but blunt personality that will make you want to keep watching her videos for hours. She’s a fellow Leo, US Army Veteran with a passion for filming beauty, skin, and hair tutorials for all 1.5 million subscribers and of course, I can’t leave out that she’s a true role model for women in the African-American community. I think you can already guess who I’m talking about.

That’s right. The beautiful Nigerian Queen, Ms. Jackie Aina.

Growing up in a strict- Nigerian household, Jackie was always taught that she had to pursue a career in the medical field or even become a lawyer but of course, God had other plans. Ms. Aina knew that she’s been wanting to be a cosmetologist before she even knew what that meant. Jackie Aina has been a beauty guru for about 8 years and has always had a passion for makeup, hair, skin and your everyday beauty routine.

Prior to YouTube, she received her cosmetology license in Freelance Makeup at Vidal Sassoon. She was a freelance makeup artist for MAC cosmetics as well as Bobbi Brown cosmetics. She started to pursue a career in YouTube as a beginner makeup artist in 2009. She has been faithful to uploading videos doing different styles and looks for each season, sharing her personal stories about her past, present, and what is to come for her in the future.

What stands out to me about Ms. Jackie Aina is her open honesty about products that are on the market. She expresses to her following that she would like for more cosmetic lines such as Too Faced, Becca Cosmetics, Yves Saint Laurent, Lancome, Urban Decay, Smashbox, and Tarte to launch products for Women of Color. Jackie expresses to her followers that growing in the beauty industry was always a struggle for her when finding products for her skin color. It was always too light, too gray, or too chalky, etc for her skin type and shade. She recently announced to the beauty world that she will be collaborating with Too Faced to create a variety of foundations for women of color. This is very exciting news for all of the chocolate queens of the beauty community.

Another reason why I love Jackie Aina is because she is very honest and open in discussing the products she receives and reviews. She has a lot. Recently, Ms. Jackie Aina had the pleasure of meeting Kim Kardashian-West for her KKW Beauty Launch at Kardashian-West’s home in Bel-Air. She did an open and honest review of the “Cream Contour Kit” which is now available to watch on YouTube as well as many other honest reviews on skin care products, wigs, and other makeup. This gives the subscriber more of an insight on what to purchase and try and what to stay away from before spending that $56 on a highlight palette. There was never any incident where Jackie tries to tell her subscribers to buy a product because of the packaging or because of the name that is on the cosmetic line.

I truly commend Jackie Aina for chasing her dreams and spreading hope for women of color who would like to pursue a career in the cosmetology field or become a YouTuber. She has big plans for the African-American community and I hope to see more from her being that I have been a faithful subscriber for 4 years now! Jackie will definitely continue to make us proud and as she always says and promises in her YouTube description box, “Changing the standard of beauty, one tutorial at a time.”

 

Photo used: Jackie Aina’s Youtube Avitar

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My name is Hana Ford. I attend Temple University and I am apart of the class of 2018. I went natural June 29, 2012, so I have been apart of the natural hair community for approximately two and a half years. I was attempting to transition however I simply did not have the patience so I just decided to do the big chop.

The main thing that made go natural was the overall health of my hair. I was starting to experience lots of breakage and I tried everything to fix the problem, but I just was not successful in doing so. Every since I cut my hair I have become so confident in myself and I have started to value myself for the queen that I truly am. I think other people definitely perceive me as a much more confident and outgoing individual since I went natural.

Since I have cut my hair I think people have subconsciously placed me in a group with all the other women and girls who have natural hair. I have much love for the natural hair community, but I have an identity outside of my hair and each person with natural hair is different in their very own way.

My favorite part of my hair routine is styling my hair because there’s always numerous options. My top 3 hair products would have to be coconut oil, Cantu Leave In Conditioner, and Organix’s extra penetrating Argan oil. My top 3 favorite tools are my fingers of course, a Denman brush for detangling, and a wide tooth comb so I can pick out my fro from time to time.

My current #WCW is the model Wakeema Hollis. She’s absolutely stunning and she rocks her natural hair in photo shoots which I absolutely love. My #MCM would have to be Pharrell because he is both timeless and ageless and he’s an icon in the music industry.

 

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