Photo credits: Asia Newson
If you’re being profiled in Forbes Magazine, chances are, you’ve accomplished something pretty amazing.
Billionaires under the age of 40 and entertainment icons are constantly getting themselves coveted spots in what many consider to be America’s premier publication about all things mogul.
Successful black singers like Beyoncé and big-time rap stars like her husband Jay Z frequent Forbes due to the major moves they are making on the regular in their respective industries.
However, a teenage black girl from Detroit, Michigan found herself on Forbes’ radar for simply showing the world that still being a child is no excuse for not planning, working, and achieving your dreams. The young girl profiled by Forbes Magazine earlier this year is named Asia Newson (pictured). She was 13-years-old at the time of her exclusive interview with Forbes.
Newson told the business magazine that she started on her path as a successful candle manufacturer when she was just five years of age.
“My dad was an entrepreneur – He sold candles when he was young, and he taught me a lot about it. I was able to sell candles with him, and it was really fun. I wanted to own my own company so I can have more fun and have way more freedom. That’s exactly why I do what I do. I love that,” Newson said in her exclusive Forbes Magazine interview.
The determined kidpreneur went from buying candles wholesale with the intent to sell them to having her own candle manufacturing company and brand. According to Forbes, Newson projected that her company would make $70,000 in the year 2016. Her estimations served to be quite accurate, as she raked in $69,128.30, Forbes reported. In addition to wowing Forbes, Newson has also appeared as a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Another one of her big-time supporters is Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA franchise. In 2017, Newson has projected that she will make $100,000 in revenue from her candle manufacturing company. However, she has dealt with personal obstacles on her way to the top. In spite of this, Newson has a support system that keeps her grounded and encouraged.
“As a child, some adults try not to take you seriously. You’re going to go through so many things, especially with being [an] entrepreneur. People think it’s easy, but it’s not. You’re going to go through so many things, but you have to never give up. You can’t give up because you’re a child. And you can’t be afraid to fail. That’s one thing that I’ve learned,” Newson also told Forbes.