Sounding like a typical teenager, 17-year old Zandra Azariah Cunningham described her experience on national TVs Good Morning America last week as “absolutely crazy!…The experience was surreal!”
But the teen entrepreneur, Girl’s education advocate and CEO is anything but “typical.”
Zandra launched exclusive deals and skin care must-haves on Good Morning America on February 28th. She and host Tory Johnson showcased Zandra’s award-winning all-American brand of natural skin care for teens and offered viewers of the nation’s favorite morning show exclusive Deals & Steals. The response she said, was great, with most of her sales coming from her home base and from the upstate region.
Fresh scented, plant-based and boldly packaged, Zandra Beauty offers 40 nutrient-rich natural skincare products for teen-sensitive skin. These products are an effective alternative to commercial products with yucky unhealthy ingredients, which is a key factor in the production process and the company’s mission to further the empowerment of girls through inspiration and education.
Each handcrafted product has words of inspiration colorfully printed on the packaging. Products include: Hair & Body Soufflè – a moisturizing, nourishing and repairing formula made with skin-loving whipped oils; Sugar Scrubs – designed to exfoliate body and lips for a natural glow; Artisan Soap bars – especially handcrafted in small batches from a blend of Zandra’s favorite botanicals and fair trade Shea butter, and a gorgeous range of Lip & Body Balms. Each collection is available in refreshing scents from Mint and Kumquat to Lavender and Lemongrass. All products are free of chemicals.
An inspiring teen CEO with an ambition to be an industry game-changer, Cunningham says, “At age nine, I began my passion for making my own skin care products as a result of my dad’s refusal to buy my beloved lip balm!”
Fast forward 8 years, Cunningham operates her award-winning skincare line from a lab in Buffalo, NY where she distributes to various retail stores globally, including partnerships with WholeFoods and Paper Source in the USA.
Her company is projected to have a potential income this year of one million dollars! And as CEO, she has built the award-winning Zandra company into a national beauty brand earning recognition
The business, she says, is a family affair and acknowledges her mom, Tamara Lewis Cunningham; her dad, James Cunningham; her beloved “nana” Zandra Lewis and her youngest brother, Josiah Cunningham. She has two older brothers, in college, and an older sister, whose husband plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, resides in Cincinnati.
Zandra, a senior at the Buffalo Academy of Scholars, says she’s looking forward to college next year. Brown University she said, “the most diverse of the Ivy League schools,” is her first choice.
Cunningham leads a number of philanthropy Zandra initiatives which focus on girl empowerment inspiration and education through the Zandra TLC Foundation.
No stranger to national exposure, in addition to her recent Good Moring America appearance, Zandra has been featured on Inc., Black Enterprise, USA Today, NPR, ABC Nightline, NBC Today Show, Nickelodeon, Harry Show, Steve Harvey Funderdome, Seventeen Magazine, and Girls Life Magazine.