I don’t think I’ve ever had the pleasure of talking to someone so talented with so many aspirations for greatness. More than just her gorgeous natural hair or her brand that has taken the natural hair community by storm, Courtney Danielle is a true Renaissance Woman with the incredible favor of God on her life. Get to know her a bit more as I bring you into our official talk breaking down her Christian walk, natural hair journey, career and a little insight on how she plans to bring it all together to change the game.
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The Power of Influence
The Staten Island beauty we now see slaying photos, modeling for big time brands and serving up doses of Christian knowledge on her Instagram page, was initially extremely apprehensive about putting herself in the spotlight. “I was scared! I didn’t want to deal with all the criticism I saw other bloggers dealing with.” As a matter of fact, if it wasn’t for her good friends and boyfriend of 3 years who actually opened her Instagram account and YouTube channel, Curls and Couture may have never been born. Its amazing how sometimes the people around us can see things inside of us that we ourselves can’t see, while some others can be utterly clueless about our potential. The decision to accept or not accept those influences made all the difference for Courtney.
“You just don’t seem like the natural type.” This was the response Courtney got when she shared her decision to go natural with her family back in 2013. Fortunately this strong willed woman went for it anyway. As she grew her hair and mastered her go-to twist out style, the same individuals who were so reluctant about her decision were asking for tips on how to successfully make the transition themselves.
In the midst of going natural and apprehensively building the Curls and Couture brand, Courtney was also in school studying to receive her Masters Degree in Molecular Biology, which she recently earned. With plans to move on to med school to become a surgeon, Courtney had known for years that medicine would be in her future.
With a passion for the sciences since she was a little girl, becoming a doctor was without question. Perhaps the other major lasting thing that stuck with her from childhood was her knowledge of Jesus Christ. Growing up with a mother and grandmother as Ministers it would be hard not to know Him. But, its one thing to know Jesus and quite another to follow Him.
A Well Made Up Mind
After growing up in the church and being a part of the Missionetts, a ministry for young girls, Courtney made up her mind at the age of 11 that she wanted to give her life to Christ. It wasn’t until her late teens and early adulthood that she would find that the power of influence would yet again come in to play, this time making it challenging to follow the Word of God.
Like so many of us in our early adulthood its easy to get caught up in doing things that aren’t pleasing to Christ all for the sake of trying to have a good time. Courtney was no different. “I’m so glad I had a good foundation in Christ.” It was that foundation that would help lead her back to the right path. She prayed for God to guide her and that’s exactly what He did, the cost, losing friends.
Courtney and her parents
With a well made up mind and a support system of like-minded individuals, Courtney began to truly follow Christ, and as she did, she found that His favor seemed to pour down on her, so long as she walked according to His Word. Now focused in the right direction Courtney also uncovered even more interests and talents that God had put on the inside of her that formulated into the characteristics of a true Renaissance Woman.
Characteristics of a Renaissance Woman
While pursuing her passion of medicine this member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority met and began seriously dating her videographer boyfriend, Ty. Seeing the talent of natural hair influence within her is what encouraged him to push her into the world that most of us have come to know her.
Courtney and her boyfriend Ty
Why not build a brand (Curls and Couture) while studying for your Masters Degree in Molecular Biology, grow it to over 45K supporters, work with big natural hair brands, confess your faith through that platform, inadvertently lead others to Christ and co-find and direct the creative for an online magazine (Black Girl Fly Mag)? And, while you’re at it, discover yet another passion for health and fitness and start making moves to compete in a fitness competition. Oh, and because God has also given you a desire to help others why not start thinking up a way to bring all of these areas together into one amazing business idea that could change the game. Seriously!? Yes, seriously!
Somewhere along her life journey Courtney wants to start a business that could revolutionize women’s hair care and wellness services. But…that’s all that I can share as I am sworn to secrecy. I will however say this, DO NOT lose sight of the woman, she’s got major plans. As a matter of fact, one might be intimated by such a strong willed woman seemingly destined for greatness, but her genuineness and love of Christ exudes so strongly that those feelings never have an opportunity to take flight.
Talking with this woman was so inspiring. There is greater reason than her head full of hair to follow this 26 year old ultra talented woman with the power of influence, a well made up mind, and most importantly the favor of God on her life.
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