Here’s an inspiring interview with the talented and driven Yelitsa Jean-Charles, Founder + CEO of Healthy Roots Dolls, a toy company that teaches natural hair care to young girls of color with beautiful black dolls. While at the Rhode Island School of Design studying Illustration, Yelitsa redesigned the fairy tale character Rapunzel as a brown girl with beautiful kinky hair. The exploration quickly gained traction and with a grant from of the Brown University Social Innovation Fellowship, support from the RISD E’Ship Program, the Masschallenge Accelerator program, and 674 dedicated Kickstarter backers, Yelitsa brought Healthy Roots to life. Join us as we discuss entrepreneurship, representation, and finding yourself in the world. Recorded at SXSW 2018 in Austin, Texas.
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