#56: Black & Brown Girl Beauty Brand Eighth+Kin with Kimberly Smith

37m | Jan 26, 2024

A black or brown girl’s dream—Eighth+Kin, a beauty brand retailer for all your skincare, haircare, and makeup needs. Join Dr. Jasmine and Kimberly Smith for a little girl chat about launching an independent beauty retail store in Washington, DC with products specifically for black and brown consumers. 

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Episode Quotes: 

  • “My grandmother was my inspiration for jumping into the beauty industry.”
  • “Eighth+Kin is about kinship and honor.”
  • “Yes, I am an attorney, but I’ve always prayed and asked God what He wants me to do.” 
  • “My grandmother and mother were both entrepreneurs. It was natural for me to jump into entrepreneurship.”
  • "The best part about my business is discovery . . . discovering new brands and helping to establishing them."

Kimberly Smith is an attorney and the founder of Eighth+Kin (formerly Marjani Beauty and The Brown Beauty Co-op), an independent beauty retailer based in Washington, DC boasting the largest assortment of exclusively black & brown owned beauty brands in skincare, haircare, and makeup. Over the past six years, Eighth+Kin has become a trusted voice in elevating the shopping experience for multicultural women and is a recognized platform for inclusive beauty.


Dr. Jasmine is a multi-talented author, educator, award-winning community leader, and founder of JLM Global Consulting, LLC and Girl Go Global, a community for purpose-driven women. For 20+ years, Dr. Jasmine has used her unique skills as an educator, professional writer, and communications strategist to build a career that allows her to serve small business owners, in academia, and at all levels of government. Whether she is mentoring women and girls, engaging students during university lectures, speaking as keynote, or serving at all levels of government, she is driven by providing support to others to meet needs, equip, and train. In addition to making the Daily Record’s Successful by 40 Very Important Professionals list, she is a President’s Management Council Fellow, entrepreneur, and writer with interests in topics that concern women.

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