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Meet Ktura Kay of Pretty K’ture and Miles of Melanin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ktura Kay.

Ktura, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My brand started when I realized I had a love for the beauty industry. After working at MAC cosmetics for a period of time, routinely glamming up clients for special occasions through my own makeup artistry business, and constantly getting questions on how to create these looks, I decided to start my own YouTube channel for these inquiring minds. I was a bit nervous at first because I didn’t know what to expect, but my audience grew fast and it made me realize that this was something I was born to do.

My first video was on my signature curly-hawk, which flourished within the natural community and resulted in several features on natural hair sites and magazines; and I’ve been growing and glowing ever since.

I eventually started my very own beauty business, Pretty K’ture; launching my own lashes and custom press-on nails. This really brought out my entrepreneurial skills and creativity. I was able to put everything I learned in college to good use, from marketing and branding to customer service and sales. Starting a business taught me that working for myself is definitely something I will continue doing in the future.

Since traveling is another one of my passions, I have expanded my brand to the travel industry. After becoming a travel agent, I created my own travel company, Miles of Melanin. I designed Miles of Melanin to inspire millennials, specifically minorities, to travel the world and provide them with the opportunity to do so.

I am proud of how far I’ve come and grown over the years. I consider myself a “Jill of All Trades,” and I take great pride in everything I do. I was raised with morals and taught to shoot for the moon and stars, and I will continue doing just that.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being a multi-business owner can be challenging at times, but it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t do it. If I am interested in something, I will study it until I have mastered it. So yes, I have definitely struggled with trying to be a master at everything.

Sometimes I also find myself struggling with wanting everything perfect. When I want something done and I have a certain eye for it, sometimes the only person that can do it exactly how I envisioned is me. So occasionally, I may hold off on releasing certain projects because I want it to be perfect before presenting it to the world.

I believe in quality over quantity, but I’ve learned that everything doesn’t have to be perfect. As long as you put your best foot forward and put in the work and effort, it will show.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
As a multi-business owner, I specialize in all things creative; whether it be creating quality content on social media for multi-million dollar brands, designing a full set of blinged-out Pretty K’ture nails or curating epic adventures around the world for Miles of Melanin. I feel that my creativity is what sets me apart. I know that my work is of quality and that is what I am most proud of. I also love that I am a multifaceted brand and can succeed in anything I put my mind to. My brand doesn’t just stop with makeup or hair. I expanded to nails, travel, fitness and everything in between. I’m open-minded and everyday I’m growing and evolving, trying to be better than I was yesterday.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was always very independent. My parents were go getters, who greatly influenced my boss mentality. I was well taken care of and never wanted or needed for anything however, watching them grind definitely motivated me to go out there and get it on my own.

Ever since elementary school, I was very vocal about what I wanted and always strived to achieve it. I became interested in art, so I joined the art club. I wanted to sing, so I joined chorus. I wanted to use my voice within the school’s community, so I joined the student council, and the list goes on. Even during the summer, I would enroll myself into summer camps, tennis lessons, etiquette classes, and modeling courses just to continue flourishing and developing as a young woman.

I always wanted to be involved in something bigger than myself and that has stuck with me until my adult years. I have always been eager to learn. I was once told that you can never learn enough and once you stop learning, you stop growing.

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