By: Kevin P. Stapleton
Morgan Brown, a senior at Rutgers University, is working to use beauty and fashion to help troubled youth in central New Jersey.
Brown, a 21-year-old from Franklin, New Jersey, is aiming at opening her own business and, later, earning a law degree, to help high school students who face various socioeconomic issues.
After she graduates, Brown aspires to open her own beauty business in New Brunswick and enlist disenfranchised and impoverished adolescents to work alongside her.
She hopes that her community outreach will help young people not only gain employment experience, but also enhance their confidence through the magic of makeup.
Brown personally knows the importance of self-image, especially for those who do not have regular access to fashion products.
“I got into the beauty industry in high school when I started getting breakouts,” Brown said. “When you put on makeup, you can feel like a totally different person.”
She currently works 30 hours per week as a beauty ambassador at Chanel in Bridgewater. Her colleague Rosemary, a six-year veteran beauty ambassador at Chanel, helps advise and mentor Morgan during her time on the job.
Outside of Rosemary’s mentorship, Morgan gains further professional development by attending a Chanel-sponsored makeup school once a month for three days. This school aids in furthering her ambitions for her career after Rutgers, where she has remained a full-time student taking 15 credits every semester while also working simultaneously.
Brown said she has been a student at Rutgers since September 2016. She is a double-major scholar, majoring in broadcast journalism and criminal justice.
The senior will graduate in January 2019 and will then seek to open her community-driven beauty business to help pay for a graduate-level education in law school, Brown said.
Before entertaining a beauty and fashion career, the junior found her business beginnings in the food industry. She initially worked as a restaurant hostess before working as a barista at Starbucks, she said.
With her intense double-major academic workload and a 30-hour work week, Brown has her work cut out for her.
Despite the time constraints every week, she remains focused on her primary goal: a community-driven beauty parlor. Brown said that her liberal arts degree will enable her to pursue her ultimate dreams of a career as a full-time beautician.
The next stepping stone to both her beauty parlor and an eventual juris doctorate lies at Chanel, she said.
Brown explained that while Chanel is just an entry-level beauty job, the professional experience she is gaining in Bridgewater will prove invaluable when she opens her own business and starts mentoring and training troubled teenagers in the art of beauty.
“I know that I have a lot of goals laid out ahead of me, but that’s what keeps me focused,” she said. “I am eager to not only graduate from college but also to start helping those who have no one around to really help them. It’s what keeps me going.”