Meet Queen Hannah McCall
Wearing Lipstick Shade: Kyla
My name is Hannah McCall & I reside in the DC area with my 13 year old son.
I am the CEO & Founder of Clean Beauty for Black Girls which is about to turn 2 years old! CB4BG started as a need to connect and share with my community what I was learning about the connection between the cosmetics and personal care products industry and Black women’s health. It has now grown into an education platform, a safe place to shop, and a space to elevate Black women-owned businesses creating products FOR us with our health in mind. It is my mission to continue to educate, empower, and elevate while we grow our reach and capacity to include scholarships, start-up investment capital, and conferences.
Fun fact about me - I take my Irish heritage very seriously. I spent both my 18th and 30th birthdays in Ireland.
In honor of Black History Month, name one black woman you look up to or influenced you and why?
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama. I feel like she taught so many of us how to take up space. Unapologetically take up space. She wasn’t shy about telling us being the First Lady wasn’t in her career plan. She wasn’t shy about being transparent about the true & honest feelings she had being a young mother left to do most of the work while her husband was out pushing his career forward. She didn’t conform while she was First Lady either. She stayed true to who she was. And listen, when I first saw her in her short shorts after Barack left office, I hollered!! I feel like I heard her saying “Alright, it’s my time now”. She feels like a warm hug, with a side of stern auntie. The person you know is going to hold you down no matter what, but still push you because she sees your potential. And most importantly she sees the Black Girl Magic in you.
I mean, look no further than the picture floating around the internet right now of her interaction with Kamala. That right there is what I’m talking about.
What do you love most about what you do?
I get to elevate Black women all day. Challenging what is simply because it’s what we have been given is something I’m passionate about. I don’t care how it's “always been” and I don’t care how hard it is to change, if what is currently in place is harmful to us as Black women, it has to go. And it’s so beautiful to see how Black women have started businesses off of this very concept. When something doesn’t exist & a Black woman sees a need or space to fill, you better believe she’s going to make it happen. I get to not only do that, but I get to put others on a bigger platform. I love it here!
What keeps you motivated during challenging times?
In my head, there’s just no alternative. If I don’t stand up and put one foot in front of the other, who will? If I don’t push the needle, who will?
On top of that, I’m a living breathing example to my child. He needs to see the magic that lies in our veins because of everything our ancestors fought for and gave us. Those who came before me left a roadmap before handing off the torch, and it’s my responsibility to do the same for him & the generations after him.
If you could give your younger self advice what would it be?
*insert Auntie Michelle hug* Baby, your brown skin is full of magic and you are going to shine because of that. So get used to getting back up after you fall (even if somebody pushed you) and dusting yourself off. The space you’re taking up right now is yours, you are worthy and you’re going to take up so much more as you grow. Stay true to who your heart says you are & your people will find you.
What is your favorite quote by a Black woman?
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” - Maya Angelou