Vixen Chat: Dominique Penn Talks Philanthropy and Activism
Vixen: Who was Dominique before she became Mrs. Penn?
Dominique Penn: Dominique was a 21-year-old girl in nursing school. I’m from LA, so I was living my life enjoying myself and I’m not going to sugarcoat it. I met my husband at 21 and I had to mature very fast because I became pregnant. I made sacrifices for my family. My life started with my kids. They’re my motivation and that’s how everything started.
I just want people to really know that I am a really cool, down to earth person. I keep it real at all times. I think that if more people can unite and stick together, the opportunities are endless. A lot of people are very selfish and I just want to incorporate my love into everything that I do.
Vixen: Explain the process of getting your organization and company started. What were some struggles you had?
Dominique Penn: I didn’t have a plan. After I had my second child, I was like “what is the next step? What am I going to do?” I started off by talking to different people and seeing the different products that were out. It was hard to get people engaged in what I had to offer. You see somebody on social media talking about a thousand dollar shoe and they get a million likes and here I am talking about female empowerment and I get one like, so it is hard. I did face some obstacles, but I didn’t give up either and now I’m here today working with Anne and talking to VIBE.