Brooklyn Park Teen Empowers Women Through Lip Gloss
A Jackson Middle School Student from Brooklyn Park is encouraging women and girls through small tubes of lip gloss.
Kennon Walton is 14 years old and has always loved the way lip gloss smells and leaves a glossy sheen on lips. She loves it so much she now makes her own products.
“I pour lip gloss base in my lip gloss bucket. I add oils, flavors, smells, scent and color. Then basically stir it together and put it into a tube,” Walton explained.
About a month ago, Walton began selling her tubes of lip gloss at Lilac boutique in Champlin. She branded her products as Truly You.
“I chose Truly You because I want you to be truly you,” she said. “I want you to be you and beautiful.”
Walton named every lip gloss flavor after words of empowerment such as beautiful, courageous, compassionate and bold.
“I want women to feel all those things. It’s never something you hear,” she said.
The 14-year-old says she was without love and support for a long time and didn’t grow up hearing words of encouragement.
“I am from foster care. I’ve been through homes and I know how it feels. I basically went to intake and home after home after home,” Walton said.
Walton was 4 years old when she was brought to the Hennepin County Intake Center to be placed in foster care. The teen said she had low self esteem. But after getting adopted, she made it a mission to help girls feel empowered through her beauty products.
Walton plans to donate some of her lip glosses to the Hennepin County Intake Center.
“I want to let them know they’re powerful, they’re strong, they’re beautiful, they are amazing,” she said.