Meet Mikayla, Her Vision, Her Story

Mikayla Murphy - Teen Entrepreneur

Mikayla Murphy is 17 years old and the creator/founder of Shades of My Melanin. While attending her first Black Lives Matter protest, she looked around her, noticed that there were many different cultures representing the movement and was inspired. It was in that moment she knew she wanted to create a business that empowers women of color to be bold, and confident in their own skin, and embrace who they are. 

She launched Shades of My Melanin on July 13th, 2020 and within her first two weeks, she reached and surpassed her monthly sales goal fulfilling over 50 orders. As an entrepreneur, a student-athlete, a ministry leader and club founder/director, starting this business has really helped her learn balance, perseverance, determination, and has taught her what it means to be confident and how to see the beauty in others.

At Shades of My Melanin, our goal is to not only offer products that make you feel beautiful in your own skin but to offer products that tell a story for each and every person who wears them. We offer fun, colorful, and creative products that can be worn by all ages. When wearing our products, our goal is for you to feel confident, empowered, bold, and seen. 

Along with offering products to empower women of color, we want our products to reach many different groups of people and to inspire them to step out of their comfort zone. Shades of My Melanin is committed to using our platform to give back to causes that are near and dear to our hearts. We will donate 10% of all sales from our collections designed to bring awareness to support research efforts.

Your Shade. My Shade. ALL MELANIN.



Hebrews 10:35-36 NIV

Words that I live by.

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

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