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How Sierra Gates went from homeless to helming a beauty empire

When she was 15, Sierra Gates discovered herself pregnant and homeless. Now, with over two million Instagram followers and her personal beauty salon, the Atlanta native is shortly turning into a family title.

“My mom was a nice mother. I used to be very spoiled, [but] she was actual strict,” Gates, 31, advised Web page Six Model. “Once I received into highschool, the primary boy I noticed I used to be like, ‘Oh my god, I’m in love,’ and ended up getting pregnant. She was not going for it; she put me fully out and I used to be homeless, so I had to determine it out.”

For the next yr, the “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star slept in automobiles and crashed on the houses of cousins, associates and even her grandfather. She even lived in her automobile.

“In 2008, I used to be 17 and labored at a strip membership referred to as Cunning Woman, making $400 to $500 a day,” she recalled. “The supervisor of the membership wished me to be a dancer, however I had different plans. Seeing ladies doing medicine [and struggling with] melancholy and prostitution, I knew I had to be my very own boss.”

All it took was a journey to the mall and a little white lie about being a make-up artist at a kiosk station. The proprietor put Gates’ expertise to the take a look at, and he or she was employed on the spot.

Now with a web value of over $1 million, the fact star owns her personal salon, The Glam Store, and shares the secrets and techniques to her success via her seminars, webinars and e-books.

“I’m a robust believer in ladies’s empowerment and entrepreneurship. I made $50,000 in a single week by conducting courses and exhibiting college students my beauty strategies,” she advised us. “I cost $2,000 per scholar. Just lately in Atlanta, I made $100,000 with 76 college students that registered.”

As for the make-up necessities Gates thinks everybody ought to have available? “A forehead pencil, lipstick/lipgloss and mascara,” she stated. “But when they don’t have eyelashes, they want purchase a pair of lashes.”

And regardless of these unsure occasions, Gates says she’s solely simply getting began.

“This factor is deeper than me. You suppose God put me right here on this platform to reap the advantages and never assist anybody? We’re on this platform so we are able to uplift different folks, particularly ladies,” she defined.

“I simply need to proceed to assist women. I need to get married, have extra children and actually construct my empire, so my children can proceed my legacy — to allow them to be every part I’m, plus extra.”

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