THE LAST ISSUE OF 2020 WITH MONIQUE RODRIGUEZ GRACING UP BLACK PEPPER'S COVER EXQUISITELY



What started in one woman’s garage as an opportunity for her to educate others about hair care, became an empire that in just four short years has grown into a multi-million-dollar company. Mielle Organics founder and CEO, Monique Rodriguez, never imagined that after experiencing the loss of her son at six months , her hobby would grow into a world-renowned brand. One thing you can definitely take from her story is that storms doesn’t last forever . Yes, it might be hard, but not impossible if you believe .

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Me: plays “When you believe“ from Whitney Houston feat. Mariah Carey*.




Monique took some time to chat with BLACK PEPPER about overcoming anxiety, the importance of faith and black lives matter.

BP : Have you always dreamt about being an entrepreneur?


MONIQUE: Growing up, I always knew I wanted to pursue something that was my passion but I never saw any one in entrepreneurship that looked like me. After working as a registered nurse for eight years, I realized that I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t living in my purpose and I had this lingering desire to go back to my first love, beauty. I decided to take a leap of faith and begin Mielle Organics so that I could connect women through haircare, create products for women that look like me, and give my daughters someone to look up to in a position of ownership that looks like them.


BP: How did your faith help you?


MONIQUE: My faith helped me in a major way. After the loss of my son, I had to lean on God to get me through that difficult time and discover what my purpose truly was. After I developed that relationship and chose to align my life with his word and his plan for me, that allowed me to take a leap of faith and develop Mielle Organics. I never imagined that it would reach the level that we have grown to today and I feel like it’s thanks to God’s influence in my life.