Zandra Cunningham, the teen founder and CEO of Zandra, a leading plant-based bath and beauty company for pre-teens, teenagers and the premier young professional, has been offered permanent shelf space in Target.
The 19-year-old has already sold more than a million dollars worth of products since she started the company at age nine, firmly sealing her spot in the beauty industry which is valued at an estimated $532 billion according to a report from retail analytics firm Edited.
The Target/Zandra partnership comes as Cunningham’s company released two new custom gift boxes that are now available in select Target locations nationwide; adding to her ever-expanding product line. The exclusive gift box which will include Zandra hand and body lotion – a moisturizing, nourishing and repairing formula made with skin-loving whipped butters and oils; an exfoliating sugar scrub – designed to exfoliate the body for a natural glow; and the famous lip and body balm – the ultimate moisturizer on the go. All products are free of chemicals.
“To have this key partnership with Target is a big milestone for the business; our team has worked very hard and I am very proud of this accomplishment. However, we understand this is just the beginning of our rise and not the summit. As we are in our Series A round of funding, potential investors will now take my business seriously; despite my age. This accomplishment is also huge win for the millions of girls across the globe who may also have a huge dream. When they see me win, they will know they can win too. I am proud to pave the way for other young African American brands who also seek to obtain major retail partnerships, this task alone seemed impossible before my inaugural launch this past February,” said Cunningham. “I will never stop working to secure a spot in all rooms and at all tables for girls and women who are often left out. My journey has been about creating my own normal, as I am on a mission to shatter the glass ceiling and create a new status quo. I would like to thank Target for helping me help so many others.”
The award-winning brand continues to expand its offerings with the introduction of the Zandra XVIII Line; set to be officially released by the end of 2019 along with a hair care line and CBD products slated for spring 2020.
From its Buffalo-based lab, Zandra combines the art of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to create 50 nutrient-rich, chemical-free, skincare products; each naturally proven to nourish, heal and improve sensitive skin. Plant-based ingredients are the bedrock of Zandra skincare products and a lasting alternative to commercial products with damaging unhealthy ingredients. Zandra offers DIY STEAM beauty & entrepreneurial programming and has national distribution reaching over 900 locations across the country.
As CEO and Founder, Zandra is an accomplished girls’ education advocate, business mentor, international speaker, and philanthropist. She leads a number of philanthropic initiatives that support the Zandra philosophy to educate and empower girls on the move through advocacy, community-building, and inspired leadership.