What does Rihanna, Kylie Jenner and Jessica Jung have in common? Besides their unbeatable star power, these enterprising celebrities are also self-made bosses in their own right.
As if Seungri’s not busy enough being a global K-pop star, the 27-year-old has also been juggling several businesses on the side, including an EDM music label, a luxury lounge bar and a new high-end nightclub. His Japanese ramen chain Aori Ramen is arguably his most successful venture, having opened its 34th domestic branch this May. In recent news, the BIGBANG member is reportedly preparing for his solo comeback.
RiRi’s fabulous makeup brand Fenty Beauty has been slaying since its epic launch last year, boasting an all-inclusive range of products that’s paving the way for diversity – one foundation shade at a time. Besides the 40-shade foundation range, other cult favourites include the Killawatt Trophy Wife Highlighter and the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. And her Fenty empire is about to get even bigger with her newly-launched Savage X Fenty lingerie line, which includes pieces catering to women of all shapes and sizes. Queen did that!
From K-pop darling to helming her own fashion line BLANC & ECLARE, former SNSD member Jessica Jung has come a long way. Launched in Jung 2014, the minimalist label started off by creating a curated selection of wardrobe essentials – and it has since expanded their offerings to include denim pieces, accessories, eyewear and even a cosmetics range. Now, BLANC & ECLARE has made its mark on the international fashion scene, with a flagship store in New York and branches in China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand etc.
In just 18 months, Kylie Jenner turned her $29 lipstick venture to a $420 million business – and she’s poised to become the next billion-dollar baby in the beauty industry by 2022. Even though the 20-year-old has been busy with her new-mum duties, her dedication to Kylie Cosmetics hasn’t dwindled. “It’s not like I’m doing this to make money. This is just something authentic to me.” And she proves it through her generous efforts, having donated half a million dollars from her Birthday Collection Lip Kit to Teen Cancer America.
Leader and powerhouse vocalist of K-pop boy band BTOB can now add F&B boss to his list of credentials. Seo Eunkwang is the co-owner of PLUSEIGHTTWO, a Korean dessert cafe that opened its doors right here in Singapore this January. Located at the first floor of Rendezvous Hotel, this minimalist space serves your usual brunch suspects of fancy toasts, coffee cubes and shaved ice. While the BTOB member isn’t able to oversee the operations personally, he might still pop by every once in a while so don’t freak out if you bump into him at the cafe!
You may know him as Will Smith’s son or Dre Parker from The Karate Kid. Today, Jaden Smith is also known as the co-founder of JUST Water. The 19-year-old has officially revolutionised the bottled-water industry by creating sustainable bottles made of paper-based carton and plant-based caps. JUST Water also gives back to the community in Glens Falls, where the profits go towards helping to improve the city’s water infrastructure system. Organic spring water with a gorgeous packaging to boot and all for a wholesome cause? Get us a carton – or maybe 10!
This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 2, out on newsstands now.