Dunnie B. Onasanya, Miss Dunnie O.

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Ms. Dunnie B. Onasanya has blossomed into what Maya Angelo has deemed a “Phenomenal Woman.” Born to Nigerian immigrants, Dunnie’s parents had high expectations for her future, a college degree being one of them. After a spending a summer in high school exploring the luxuries and unanimity of historically black colleges, Tuskegee University seemed to be the perfect fit.

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Exploring every opportunity available, Dunnie was an active student on campus. In 2008 she joined Delta Sigma Theta, a not-for profit Greek-letter sorority of college-educated women dedicated to public service. During her senior year she was elected President of the Student Government Association, a position that exposed her natural affinity for event planning.

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Following graduation, Dunnie relocated to the Golden State of California where she began her career in Corporate America. The looming dissatisfaction of working from a cubicle drove her to search for new inspiring opportunities. Volunteering on various productions with event planning extraordinaire, Diane Valentine and William P. Miller proved to be her life changing experience. Seeking advice from her mentors, Dunnie found that the only way to the next level was to “get up, do your own thing and figure it out,” step-by-step. The learning was in the doing.

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By fate Dunnie met the love of her life while standing in line at a local Trader Joe’s. Soon after the two found their dreams of entrepreneurship a commonality, leading them to relinquish their fears, and dive in head first. As a result, Dunnie launched her very own special event production company, Miss Dunnie O.!

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As Dunnie is an amazing woman, she pays tribute to her fiance, Ibrahim Hasan, for his support. Last year, Dunnie and her beau, put on their first ever Facet Fashion Show: Swimwear and Lingerie and the Facet Fashion Show: Fall edition, events that gave rising fashion designers and models a platform to showcase their talents.

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From prior trail and error Dunnie discovered that event planning is a hands on gig, requiring vast organizational skills, patience, and persuasiveness. “Events are all about consistency and not getting caught up in your last project. Consistency is a determining factor in your success.” With teamwork and communication as the cornerstone of her methodology, working with a small yet strong team has become Dunnie’s winning combination. Utilizing a tool as simple as “group-chat” adds an accountability factor, which has positively influenced team dynamics. Bonding with her team outside of the work environment is an additional factor. Her tight knit team has become more than a company but a sisterhood, whereby four of her six assistants will be in her bridal party.

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The embodiment of a U Blush Woman, Dunnie believes you can do anything you set your mind to and in the spirit of such gave us quick breakdown of “Event Planning 101”:

a. Creating timelines and a schedule with attainable goals are important for business to run smoothly.

b. Having a clear and organized communication system is necessary for a team to be on the same page.

c. Budget – have one!

d. Location is of the utmost importance, your event depends on it.

e. And lastly, flexibility. There are so many things you do not have control over, to thrive you must be able to adapt.

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“When you are a visionary you are robbing society when you stay in a role that you are not passionate about.”  After experiening success with her own company, Miss Dunnie O decided to partner with Ms. JGray of Image Is Everything PR, to launch The Curly Cartel movement! The Curly Cartel was a simple concept turned movement for the everyday woman to empower and support her along this journey we call life.

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Described by friends as a passionate, driven visionary, while Dunnie enjoys watching a good romantic comedy and listening to neosoul funk, she maintains a focus on her future by continuing to do what she loves  while being open to exciting new opportunity!

Curly Cartel Makeup Mania!

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The Curly Cartel has conquered the natural hair game, showing women the beauty in going all natural and embracing the ascetics of their culture. The founders Miss Dunnie O and Ms. JGray, of Image is Everything PR, challenge women to let go of the norms of society and to embrace their uniqueness. In doing so, they have unknowingly created a movement – to be natural, beautiful, and empowering in your own skin.

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Last saturday these ladies made the crossover to makeup with their First Annual Curly Cartel Makeup Mania, hosted by Ms. Bella Graham at The Makeup Mix in Burbank, California. The event featured makeup and beauty samples, yummy cupcakes from Eb’s Delites, covered strawberries by Strawberry Kouture, and Haute Baubles debuted her exclusive handmade jewelry.

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Giveaways, samplings, music, and LIVE tutorials from makeup artist and beauty gurus:  Kiahs Kinard, Beauty by Zahry, Amara Reyal, and youtube blogger UloveMegz, kept things light and fun. The beauty gurus gave demonstrations of their specialties and secret tricks to creating the perfect face from contouring, eye shadow, and of course taming those bushy brows. A huge success in encouraging woman of all colors, shapes and backgrounds to embrace both their inner and outer beauty. Be sure to look out for more from the ladies of Curly Cartel!

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The Curly Cartel

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There is something to the unique spirit of one who possesses vision in an unforeseen manner. The Curly Cartel was a simple concept turned movement for the everyday woman – to empower and support her along this journey we call life.

Starting off with conventional careers, it was the adventure of entrepreneurship that brought these women together. Dunnie of Miss Dunnie O, and Ms. JGray of Image Is Everything PR, met over a friendly twitter message and decided to use their talents to foster an environment of acceptance and ingenuity, by building a community known as the Curly Cartel!

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Earning their honorary team natural badges by no longer conforming to the social expectations, they found freedom in being themselves. “There are enough people in the world who will like you for who you are,” says Miss Dunnie O. And understanding and identifying who you are, states Ms. JGray, is the key to loving yourself.

The unification of any community not only creates an inveterate bound but more importantly a support system that leaves room for the unimaginable to occur. As Miss Dunnie O and Ms. JGray are members of historically rival sororities, it speaks to their personal sense of integrity that not only a partnership but a friendship was cultivated from a simple, “Hello.” While a competitive edge is a necessity to endure the stagnate moments entrepreneurship evokes, they will tell you “open lines of communication” and that little word you learned in kindergarten, “teamwork,” are tools to achieving success.

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The cornerstone of the Curly Cartel is found in the honesty of the motto, “You define your own beauty” – a beauty that flows inside out. We women today live our lives in front of a mirror, counting our wrinkles, practicing our smile, sucking it in here and there – trying to find the perfect angle for the perfect photograph. There is a wound that needs to be healed in all of us. It is in these unfortunate similarities that we must found ourselves, recognizing that each and every one of us are more than enough.

Hair was only the premise of the Curly Cartel – it’s about beauty, nutrition, fitness, an overall healthy lifestyle that encourages women to embrace all facets of the self, in its most natural form.

So what’s next for the mysterious and luscious Curly Cartel? Well in just 29 days the launch of their website will officially introduce the world to the Curly Cartel’s community of naturalistas. Also be on the lookout for their upcoming event where Miss Dunnie O and Ms. JGray have teamed up in organizing the sexy yet classy Facet Swimwear & Lingerie Fashion Show. Oh, and a little birdie told us that another Curly Cartel is on the horizon – this time wellness in its entirety is the focus!

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