Meet Queen Olamide Olowe

Olamide Olowe is a recent graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles where she was a pre-Med student and received a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics and a minor in Entrepreneurship. In 2015, Olamide co-founded beauty brand, SheaGIRL, in partnership with SheaMoisture. Sundial Brands, parent company of SheaGIRL, was later acquired by Unilever in 2017. Currently, Olamide is the founder and CEO of Topicals, a skincare company transforming the way people feel about skin through effective products for eczema and hyperpigmentation. Olamide spent 2 years pitching Topicals to over 100 investors before securing $2.6M in funding making her the youngest Black woman to raise over $1M. She has received notable recognition from Harvard Business School, Google, the PAC12, the UCLA Alumni Association, Allure, Teen Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.

Olamide is the youngest Black woman to raise over $2 million in venture capital funding ($2.6 million to be exact)

In honor of Black History Month, name one black woman you look up to or influenced you and why?

Sheena Johnson, co-founder of BET which is the first black-owned company to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love the ability to create something magical out of nothing!

What keeps you motivated during challenging times?

I often pray or meditate to help me refocus my energy away from the stress. 

If you could give your younger self advice what would it be?

Being you is your superpower.

What is your favorite quote by a Black woman?

“I did my best, and God did the rest.” -Hattie McDaniel

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