Latanya Tibbs is set to premiere on the debut of Steve Harvey’s new business competition TV show, “FUNDERDOME.” Executive produced by Mark Burnett and Harvey, who also serves as the host, during the show, Harvey will pair two contestants against one another to explain to the studio audience why they should vote to give their business thousands of dollars.
Tibbs is a long-time entrepreneur who started out as a natural hairstylist/barber when she was 19 years old. Later she branched off into holistic health and womb healing and is now the owner of Wombpreneur Wellness Boutique. When Lioness asked Tibbs how she got into this kind of work, she said it was “because I watched my sister develop severe skin problems and vaginal issues which I later discovered was connected to the dye and other harmful chemicals in the feminine products she was using. Plus, after overcoming all of the struggles I had to endure as a child, I always knew that helping women heal from their past was very important. So when God birthed the mission in my heart I knew it would not be a job but a ministry of love.”
Wombpreneur Wellness Boutique offers an array of Paraben Free, SLS Free, SLES Free, feminine hygiene products and the Chinese Herbal V-Steam Bath Blends for young girls, teens and the active, professional woman. While it still seems taboo to talk about vaginas, Tibbs is hoping to reshape the conversation by talking about smart self care. From bath products to educational seminars for women, her website www.healmyvagina.com is teaching women about the effects of harmful feminine hygiene products, and on June 11 at 9 p.m. (EST) on ABC, she’s going to get to tell millions of viewers about it, and hopefully win some cash.
Tibbs chatted with me this week about why her favorite mogul is Ellen DeGeneres, what advice she would give other female entrepreneurs and why she feels called to do this work.
Natasha Zena: You could have worked for anyone and would have been successful, why become an entrepreneur?
Latanya Tibbs: That’s just the thing working for someone was never my cup of tea (sip) because I don’t follow the beat of anyone’s drum. I’ve always felt like God has placed inside of us the ability to create wealth and abundance. I knew at age 4 that I wanted to do hair and it manifested at 19 but what kept me focus is that the so-called job situation gives others such a false sense of security. I made a vow to myself that no one will ever have that type of control over my destiny. I listen to what God says and then I manifest it. If there is not a lane or it’s something no one has ever done well I’ll be the first to do it. I love when others say I can’t do something.
Zena: What was your last, “why did I go into business for myself” moment?
Tibbs: That moment was when I was in a pharmacy program at 18. I was thinking that I was going to change the world through medicine until God allow me to see that it was doing more harm than good and that is when I had to create my own line of products and share the truth about Women’s feminine hygiene products.
Zena: Finish this sentence. Every female professional should have this?
Tibbs: A major prayer life or a meditation life. Stillness is important for your life. You can’t run a business sick!
Zena: If you could steal some business mojo from another mogul, who would it be and why?
Tibbs: It would be Ellen DeGeneres because she has the best job in the world. She gets to extend kindness and love every day in so many major ways. I want to have the ability to impact the world on that level.
Zena: What is your business motto?
Tibbs: You’re not living until your giving.
Zena: If you could give other entrepreneurs three tips, what would they be?
- Ask God what your purpose is and what did he create you to do.
- Master self-love and then give from your over flow. You can’t give from brokeness.
- Make sure your business is all about impacting someone else’s life.
Zena: Has there been a piece of technology or software that has been a lifesaver to you?
Tibbs: Yes, Facebook and Instagram, because I get to inspire with the livestream feature and the fact that I can share herbal remedies with more than just pictures but live videos.
Zena: What is your goal for the next year?
Tibbs: To totally revamp the Womb Wellness and Feminine Hygiene industry which will positively impact millions of young girls/women all over the world and hopefully become a household brand.
Zena: When someone is telling their friend about your business, what do you hope they say?
Tibbs: I hope they say they highly recommend my Vsmart Bar because it has changed the lives of women and girls in their family and their friends.
For more information on FUNDERDOME, visit ABC.