Bambi Benson is known as a cast member in the VH1 hit Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, but she is also an entrepreneur and artist who does amazing work with her foundation for young girls dealing with clinical issues such as alopecia, cancer and burns. Mental health is also important to Bambi; growing up in Compton, California, Bambi was in the middle of the struggle—and she understands how important it is to be confident and comfortable in your own skin.
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A double major in broadcast journalism and public relations with more than 2 million social media followers, Bambi has successfully turned her hair line, Shimmer Elite Extensions, into a multimillion-dollar empire—and she’s passionate about giving back. Bambi is currently extending her beauty empire to include hair-care products.
The Shimmer Living Foundation is the driving force behind her charitable and educational work to help improve the lives of young girls globally. The foundation sets out to provide disadvantaged and underprivileged girls with life’s necessities, to better ensure their success in life. The goal is to ensure that young ladies are confident and have healthy self-esteem in their school and social setting so they’re better able to focus entirely on their education. A few of the main focuses are: hygiene and awareness; hair-care tips and products for all types of hair; clean and proper-fitting clothing for all body shapes and sizes; and basic health and nutritional education.
We enjoyed connecting with Bambi—and she shared some pretty amazing things!
Tell us about your experience on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta and how it has affected your life. Love and Hip Hop Atlanta exposed some very vulnerable moments as far as my relationship. A lot of people knew me and my brand before the show, but it has brought me a broader audience.
Tell us what inspired you to go into the hair-extension industry. I’ve always been the designated hairstylist among my friends and family, so it just made sense to get into the business and let my fans use the things that I use. Besides, I love making my friends and family feel beautiful…it was a natural progression for me to have my own hair line.
How did you go about achieving your own line of hair? Prior to the start of Shimmer Elite Extensions, I did a ton of research. I was an obsessive consumer, so it allowed me to test the market out.
How is the business going? It’s going great! I’m still learning, adding new products to my line and I’m in the process of expanding.
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