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Meet Kamri Robinson of 1stopbarbieshop in South Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kamri Robinson.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I launched 1stopbarbieshop in 2018 after almost being kicked out of college because I could not afford my class fees. With being a first-generation, out-of-state college student, my family absolutely could not afford to put me through college, and my FAFSA did not cover all of my expenses. I had to create a GoFundMe. Never in a million years did I think I would need one these, but life will humble you fast. I was embarrassed. Eventually, I realized I needed to let go of my ego because no one was coming to save me.

I grew out of my embarrassment and promoted my GoFundMe until it made enough for me to be able to enroll in my classes. Right after I enrolled, I created a simple website and started myself an E-commerce dropshipping business so that I could still take 16+ units AND work from my phone at the SAME time.

Fast forward: I graduated with a B.S in Public Health and a minor in biology in 3 years instead of 4, and my business is my No.1 source of income. 1stopbarbieshop has become a six-figure operation over the course of a worldwide pandemic.

With the help of my amazing team of brand ambassadors; Mytrece, Kia C, Kaylan, Mariana, Ebony, Danny, Bri Ja’Nae, and Mayowa we’ve been able to ship to almost every state in the United States, and recently we’ve become worldwide; shipping to the United Kingdom frequently. We have plans to keep growing and expanding.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. Things that I struggled with first starting out was getting support, finding reliable vendors, and even learning to navigate and become familar with Shopify. Many of my challenges today are internal. It comes down to me getting out of my own way, and being aware of my potential. It is easy to overlook many of your biggest accomplishments when you are a hard worker. I am learning to enjoy life, while also building the one I want.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about 1stopbarbieshop – what should we know?
1stopbarbieshop is an online women’s boutique and glamour bar. We offer the latest trending high fashion and accessories at affordable prices to women all over the world. We specialize in normalizing women in luxury. Our collections consist of footwear, apparel, lingerie, cosmetics, handbags, and accessories. We are most proud to be able to offer a wide range of different products making our online store the 1 stop, and the top floor for all things bossy and fly.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
As beforementioned, My brand ambassadors deserve credit! Their role consists of being promoters as well as models. My brand ambassadors bring in new clientele and help get the word out about who we are, and what we do.

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