KIMBERLY SMITH, ESQ.
FOUNDER & CHIEF BEAUTY DISRUPTOR
Meet our founder, who has combined her two passions, travel and beauty, to create a beauty & cosmetics company for women of color.
As an Ivy League trained attorney, Kimberly advised companies navigating the complex regulatory world of the health care industry, but growing up, Kimberly always had a passion for fashion and beauty. “I can remember being one of the few girls who always wore heels and a full face of make up to class on my college campus,” says Kimberly. “Expressing myself through different hairstyles, make-up, and fashion, has always been fun for me.”
When she’s not navigating the health care industry, Kimberly is an avid traveler. “When I’m on a trip I love picking up different finds from across the globe,” says Kimberly. “Whether it’s argan oil from Morocco, ayurvedic oils from India or shea butter from Ghana, I’m a natural curator of beauty products.”
In traveling the world, Kimberly has marveled at the beauty of women of color, “our varying shades, hair textures and physical features.” But, she has also observed that those very special qualities she holds dear are often not reflected in society’s standard of beauty. It is because of that, “our specific needs when it comes to beauty and cosmetics often go unfulfilled.”
This is what Eighth+Kin. “We aim to not just be a retailer, but a community where shopping is a fun, affirming, memorable experience. Bringing international beauty and cosmetic products to the local consumer, and using this platform to empower women of color, across nationalities, age, hair textures and shades to embrace and claim their beauty.”
Kimberly is originally from Philadelphia, PA, but now calls the District of Columbia home. She attended the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
“I started this business to create a space where women of color could find products, from a curated selection of brands, that address our needs without having to compromise in quality, price or our appearance.”