By Morgan Angelique Owens,
Chief Creative Beauty Consultant
Name: Catrena Bowman
Business Name: Inspired Fashion
Social Media Handles: Instagram @inspiredfashion40 & @inspiredfashn40 Facebook: Inspired Fashion
Business location: 827 Madison Avenue Covington, Ky 41011 phone number 859.360.1343
What made you start your business?
When I was a little girl, I would come home from school and my mother would have a new outfit laid out on my bed. The shirt, shoes, accessories – everything. It made me feel so special and I’ve always wanted all women to feel special and beautiful. One vehicle to do that through is fashion. I love helping women find the perfect outfit and see her eyes light up! We are all beautiful in our own unique way and fashion helps to accentuate that. I decided to open a brick-and-mortar store because I wanted to create a gathering place for women. A place women can come to relax and retreat and to offer workshops around self-empowerment and of course unique, bold fashion.
How does it empower you as a Black Woman in the Beauty Field?
It reminds me to go after my dreams, no matter how big or intimidating they might be. I decided in the middle of COVID when businesses were going out of business to launch; but I knew it was my time to step out and believe in myself and what I could accomplish with the help of friends and colleagues. It’s challenging every day, but it is worth it. My hope is other black women will see what we’re doing and know they can do anything they set out to accomplish, with hard work and God on their side. They can’t lose.
What are 3 of your favorite beauty items you can’t live without?
A good bra!!! lol. Having good foundational pieces is essential to looking your best in any outfit. Keeping the girls locked and loaded brings the eye up to enhances and slenderize the waist. It helps to balance the body.
The second item is a slingback high heel black shoe. It brings sophistication and class to every outfit and elongates the leg.
Lastly – I love nude lipstick – Mac has my favorite selection. A nude lip goes with every outfit.
Anything else our beauty readers should know about you?
We love to do individual and group style sessions. We hear from so many women that they just don’t know how to put an outfit together. We teach the basics of assembling a good outfit and we help women understand their shape and not focus on their size. Email us to schedule your style appointment today at firstname.lastname@example.org.