Beverly Nickson is the Owner/ CEO of Classy & Curvy Boutique in Troy, Alabama. She is also a mother, a wife, and the State Representative of Mu Alpha Mu Multicultural Christian Sorority. The boutique owner is also a proud member of the Montgomery Alabama Capitol Section National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Get better acquainted with this southern belle below.
Fancy: Please tell us a little bit about where you are from.
Beverly: Down South Alabama, is known as sweet home Alabama. It is the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement. The home of most of HBCU's schools. In my state either you are a die-heart War Eagle fan or A Roll Tide fan. The city I live in is also the birthplace of Civil Rights leader and former U.S. House Representative John Lewis.
Fancy: What inspired your decision to open a boutique?
Beverly: I always wanted to be my own boss, but the inspiration came from seeing the success of many other entrepreneurs who made it big. Their stories of struggle and inspiration drove me to take the leap of faith in being an entrepreneur.
Fancy: What type of women would you say Classy & Curvy caters to?
Classy & Curvy Boutique caters to all-size women but mainly to curvy and plus-size women. I strongly believe all women should step into the world with confidence. All women are beautiful and wonderfully made, and I want women to know they are worthy, strong, and unique.
Fancy: Do you also work outside of owning your boutique?
Beverly: Yes, I do work outside of my boutique. I have experience in retail management.
Fancy: What has your entrepreneurial journey been like?
Beverly: My journey has been a learning experience. I have learned so much about myself on this business journey. I am much tougher than I knew. The entrepreneurial journey is not for the faint of heart. It has made me go harder daily to accomplish the goals I have set for myself. Owning a business is the satisfaction of knowing you are the creator of whatever product you put out. You are the vision behind it, and you put it in motion. You get to do what you love in a field you enjoy.
Fancy: Please tell us more about Mu Alpha Mu Multicultural Christian Sorority.
Beverly: Mu Alpha Mu is a Multicultural Christian Sorority, Inc Founded in Fayetteville NC. We are not a secret society. Our mission is to build a sisterhood that will spread the love of God in our community and in service. We provide encouragement, upbuilding, and support to one another. Founded in Fayetteville NC, on March 13, 2016.
Soror Monique Wilson is the National Recruitment Administrator. You can email her through email at nra.mualphamu.org for more information. To learn more about us, visit our website www.mualphamu.org.
Fancy: What is one obstacle whether business or personal that you’ve overcome?
Beverly: Believing in myself used to be difficult for me to do. This journey has awakened the dreamer in me, and I am no longer afraid to step out on faith.
Fancy: How would you describe your swagher, and what makes Beverly, Beverly?
Beverly: Beverly is a God-girl first. I love my husband and family. I am a people person, and I love meeting, encouraging, and uplifting people. I love talking to new people who are on the same journey as me. I love to laugh and enjoy life to the fullest. I'm so humble for all God's blessings.
Fancy: What does it mean to you to be a Black woman in business?
Beverly: Being a Black woman in business is something that I am learning to grow into. The fact that I am a businesswoman is second to me being a Black woman I guess. Just being a Black woman still presents its problems, like trying to maneuver through gender minorities as well as racial minorities. It can become difficult to break through those barriers, but with strong will and determination, one can break through. Being a Black Woman in business means making every Black woman in business a SUPERHERO.
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Francheska “Fancy” Felder is a quiet Southern, media mogul in the making. In 2010, she launched SwagHer Magazine, an empowerment and lifestyle publication for the progressive Black community.
Fancy’s passion for all things creative combined with her love for writing, Black culture, and business guided her to also offer her public relations, creative, and branding services, making the magazine more of a media boutique having its own subscription clients as well as advertisers, hence why the name changed to SwagHer Magazine & Media.
SwagHer Magazine uses positive media and storytelling to create new narratives and mindsets around Black people, their communities, and the businesses and organizations they lead. Fancy executes campaigns for Black women-led businesses, coaches, authors, and girl bosses so that they receive more visibility and establish themselves as an authority.
The Mississippi native is also one half of Theories & Thoughts Podcast, a discussion-driven show that tackles Black issues and taboo subjects with a kitchen table talk feel, which she hosts with Arnya T.M. Davis. The two also co-produce and host Theories & Thoughts Deep Dive, a millennial talk show.
The former teen mom graduated from Southwest Mississippi Community College with her associate’s in marketing management and studied mass communications with a focus in public relations from Southern University A&M College.