You might remember Stephanie Shepherd—better known as STEPH SHEP—as Kim Kardashian West’s former executive assistant.
The keen businesswoman, who has an Instagram following of 1.3 million, has an avid interest in beauty, wellness and giving back. Here, you’ll find her keeping it real on the ups and downs of social media, with a side order of honesty, kindness and humour. Meet Steph Shep, #nofilter and unretouched.
“Finding my [foundation] shade has always been so difficult (I have golden olive undertones), so when I moved to LA I was like ‘wait, there’s a Japanese beauty line?’ Most foundations are so pink-based, and it just would look weird on me, so when I found Shiseido, it was really cool. It might seem like only a foundation, but it feels like you’re part of a community and not having to conform to one specific shade that’s supposed to be universal, because it’s not. That’s why I love what Rihanna has done with Fenty Beauty—the range is incredible, and so inclusive, and why I love beauty—it has the ability to make people feel good.”
“My mum always instilled in me at a very young age to be involved and aware, and it has since been a pillar in my life. I’m so fortunate that I now have a platform I can use to spread awareness for unknown causes. I’m the strategic advisor for Khana Panties [a non-profit organisation that provides organic, and ethically produced period-proof underwear for young girls in Uganda to encourage them to stay in school].”
“The negativity is really hard; I am a grown woman who is in this industry—and have worked in it for a very long time—and I’m affected, so I can’t imagine how it is for young girls who are bullied or made to feel insecure. But if I respond to a comment and it makes someone feel good, or if I share a post that makes them feel something—like ‘she has anxiety, me too’—then to me, that is a huge positive. As small and as insignificant as it may seem, it can make a difference to someone else.”
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