Jenn Harper: Sustainable beauty and giving back to community


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Jenn Harper, the founder of Cheekbone Beauty, was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario and relocated to the Niagara region, where she was raised and developed a passion for cosmetics. For Jenn, makeup has become a means of expression that she feels has amazing power. There needed to be a brand made in Canada that was never tested on animals, free of parabens, and that gave back to First Nations communities. The brand did not exist, so Jenn created it! Through countless hours over the past two and a half years, Cheekbone Beauty was born!

Over the past ten years, Jenn has had a successful career in sales and marketing with two large international corporations. During her first week of training sessions with one of these companies, a questionnaire asked: “What is your dream job?” Jenn wrote, “To be the CEO of a major cosmetic brand.”

At the time, there was no indication that Jenn would eventually set out to build Cheekbone Beauty. During the development of Cheekbone Beauty, Jenn researched the industry as well as charities that help close the educational funding gap that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Jenn found the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society (FNCFCS), and Cheekbone Beauty continues to support the FNCFCS today. During Cheekbone’s infancy, Jenn also suffered a heavy personal loss with the suicide of her brother B.J. This loss, though difficult, has remained a driving force behind Jenn’s desire to see Cheekbone Beauty succeed with its mission.

Cheekbone Beauty’s mission is to help every Indigenous youth see and feel their enormous value in the world while creating sustainable cosmetics.

In addition to Cheekbone’s mission, Jenn strives to educate as many Canadians as possible about the residential school system and the effects it has had on her family and friends through decades of generational trauma. Jenn regularly speaks to university, college and high school students about social entrepreneurship, empathy and the history of her First Nations family. Jenn has also been invited to speak to various entrepreneur groups, women in business associations, Apple Canada, and First Nations organizations across Canada.

In 2017 Jenn Harper was awarded the Social Enterprise Award at the 17th annual Women in Business Awards by the Women in Niagara Council and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce for her work on Cheekbone Beauty. In total Cheekbone Beauty has dontated $1,705 to support Indigenous youth!

Cheekbone Beauty exists to enhance and empower the lives of Indigenous youth!

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