Dr. Maeling Murphy aka “Mae”
In 2009, Dr. Maeling Murphy launched NaturalChica.com and its corresponding YouTube channel (Nikkimae2003) to provide information on healthy natural hair care and beauty practices as she embarked on her own natural hair journey. Over the past seven years, she has enjoyed sharing information from product reviews to hair care and styling tutorials in order to help those interested in learning how to take care of their natural hair. With a social media following of over 570,000, she has become a trusted source for information on natural hair care and has been invited to participate in events across the United States and abroad. Her contributions to the natural hair community have received attention in the The New York Times, Essence Magazine, Hallmark, NPR Radio and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She is a new mom and a recent graduate of the Georgia Insistute of Technology, where she completed her Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering.
Having over 7 years of experience, Mimi J. has built a great reputation in the beauty world and is a well sought-after makeup artist. She works on popular television shows on networks such as Bravo and VH1, services high profile clients including Kenya Moore and Angela Simmons, and has been published in magazines such as Essence, Runway, The Knot, Modern Bride and Jezebel. Being an industry influencer particularly within the Atlanta area, Mimi has a social media following of over 40,000 followers and is also the owner of makeup store The Glamatory located in Smyrna, GA. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, holding a B.A. degree in Marketing, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and mother of a one.