Business & Commerce (2022)
Northwest Angle 33 First Nation, ON
“We as Indigenous people have an innate connection to the land, earth, and water. The importance of paying attention to brands that have experience in sustainability is going to be really important for the world going forward.”
Jenn Harper’s life exemplifies the power of dreams put into action. She is the founder of Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics INC., a revolutionary cosmetics company which features high-quality, vegan, cruelty-free beauty products designed for low environmental impact and maximum wearability. After the idea came to her in a dream, Jenn knew that she wanted to create a line of beauty products that enabled Indigenous people to see themselves represented in the beauty industry. She didn’t let a lack of formal training stop her, working with chemists and sustainability experts to create products that embody beauty and sustainability. Jenn has ensured that a key part of Cheekbone Beauty’s mandate is to give back to the community while promoting Indigenous ways of knowing and being. It has donated over $150,000 of cash and in-kind products to organizations that support Indigenous youth and women across Turtle Island. A few initiatives that Cheekbone Beauty has donated to are organizations which create clean drinking water, solar power and tree planting initiatives for Indigenous communities.