Meet Jenn Harper, founder of Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics INC. Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario and having relocated to the Niagara Region where she still lives today. Over the years, she developed a passion for cosmetics, which led her to found Cheekbone. While running a cosmetic company, she is also a proud wife and mother to two beautiful children.
To her, make-up has become a means of expression that has the amazing power to make people feel seen, heard, and can make a difference! She created Cheekbone Beauty because she felt there needed to be a brand for real people, that not only offered makeup that influenced trends but that was also not intimidating for those who are new to the world of makeup. There needed to be a brand that was made in Canada, that’s never tested on animals AND that gave back to the First Nations community. That brand did not exist, so she took charge and created it! Through countless hours over the past four or so years, Cheekbone Beauty was born!
Over the past ten years, Jenn has had a very successful career in sales and marketing with two large international corporations. Her lightbulb moment came during her first week of training session with one of these companies almost 10 years ago, a questionnaire asked: “What is your dream job?”, she wrote “To be the CEO of a major cosmetic brand.” At the time, there was no indication that she would eventually set out to build Cheekbone Beauty. During the development of Cheekbone Beauty, Jenn researched the current makeup landscape as well as charities that are helping close the educational funding gap that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.
After indepth research, the Cheekbone team found the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society (FNCFCS) and the connection between their mission and Jenn’s family experience was serendipitous. Cheekbone Beauty continues to support the FNCFCS today by donating 10% of the profits to Shannen’s Dream.
During Cheekbone’s infancy, Jenn suffered a heavy personal loss with the suicide of her brother B.J. This loss, though difficult, has remained a driving force behind the desire to see Cheekbone Beauty succeed with its mission, to empower Indigenous youth.
In addition to Cheekbone’s mission, she strives to educate as many Canadians as possible about the Residential School System and the effects it has had on my family and friends through decades of generational trauma. She speaks regularly to university, college and high school students about social entrepreneurship, empathy and the history of her First Nations family. She has also been invited to speak to various entrepreneur groups, women in business associations, Apple Canada and First Nations organizations.
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