The Many Shades of
Monet Colbert is someone who is impossible to sum up in a nutshell, or even in this short biography that you are reading now. Her story is not a fairytale rise to success, but rather a true representation of her hard work, determination, and faith.
Growing up in a housing project on the East Coast as a 3rd generation Sicilian Italian and African American female, Monet was surrounded by social dissidence, financial hardship and racism in her early years. It was a world where crime and drugs were rife. Monet’s dream was to be a successful actress but living in a volatile environment threw countless obstacles on her path to success. After turning just 18, she was pregnant and living in a violent domestic relationship— and miles away from realizing her dreams. Like many young women in her situation, she had the choice of succumbing to her circumstances or breaking the cycle. Monet didn’t see herself as a victim, but as a fighter, and decided to change her life for the better.
How She Got Started
Monet relocated as a single mother to California, which led her to many new opportunities. In addition to meeting her future husband, she began to study cosmetology with the hope of somehow making her mark in the entertainment industry.
The bright lights of Hollywood attracted countless aspiring actresses just like herself, and Monet knew it wasn’t going to be an easy climb to the top so she began to study acting while working as a salon assistant in Beverly Hills. In the meantime, she participated in countless beauty shows and competitions to develop her skills and build her portfolio. Working, studying and competing while raising her daughter was difficult, but Monet had a great advantage over her competition at the many auditions that she attended.
"I always had a passion for the entertainment world and wanted to be a major player in it. I figured if I couldn't make the cut in the audition then I could sell my skills to gain work behind the scenes as a stylist or makeup artist."
"This was an outlet for me to reflect on where I had come from and where I was trying to go in my life at this point. "
"I wasn't even sure where my cosmetology license or acting was going to take me, but one thing was for sure—I always wanted to give back, no matter where my life's journey would take me.
The Entrepreneurial Architect
A brand is born
Monet’s natural charm and business skills were already paving the way to success, Acting was proving a successful venture for Monet as she landed roles being featured in the box office hit Higher Learning and numerous theatre and television programs including Pamela Lee Andersons television show VIP and the New Love Boat TV series. Monet’s life was rapidly changing—now married and with a second child on the way the family desided to leave LA for a life in the sun in South Florida. It was during this time that Monet entered into the world of fitness, which would shortly become her next arena of success. What first started out as a way to get fit and feel more confident soon developed into a career which landed her numerous modeling offers and the chance to compete on a national stage. Even when she wasn’t competing, Monet was busy promoting her skills as a makeup artist or offering some kind of business and finanical literacy service to aspiring fitness competitors that needed help in structuring their own business ideas.
The networking and exposure at fitness competitions was invaluable, and using her razor sharp business skills, Monet saw an opportunity to take her cosmetology skills, business skills and love of the stage even further. She began to develop her own cosmetics line, Shades of Monet® cosmetics.
Never Give Up
With her fan base growing every day, Monet’s cosmetics were now being used in fashion magazines, on local runway shows and in travel and lifestyle magazine photo shoots. Shades of Monet® cosmetics had everything going for it: innovative formulas unlike anything else on the market, trendy palettes that worked both in the world of fitness and fashion, and most importantly, Monet’s belief that her products would ultimately help women all over the world one day.
However, Monet faced a monumental challenge. A well-known retail giant wanted the rights to the name “Monet” for a cosmetics line of their own. Monet was devastated. Her competitor had more money, more power and more influence than her small startup and a legal battle at this stage in the game was daunting to say the least. Monet had just left her six-figure corporate job to devote her life to developing Shades of Monet®, and now everything was coming to a standstill. Even her lawyer advised her to give up.
Its never over until
Always a fighter, Monet refused to give up the rights to her name without a battle. Representing herself, she fought a four year legal process against the Fortune 500 company– and won shortly after relocating to Atlanta, Georgia.
Monet explains why this battle was so significant for her:
"The name was shaped around the shades of my own life and I have seen how the name and products have empowered and inspired many women like myself. "
"I fought with all odds against me and with the help of a dear friend of mine that believed in my vision as much as I did
"in the end we delivered an amazing Opposition later gaining the legal rights to "Shades of Monet". Shades of Monet is about inspiration along with true faith."
The increasing amount of attention and opportunities finding their way towards Monet is no coincidence—her natural charisma and inspirational demeanor is the result of her ability to connect with her friends, clients and the general public alike.
A goal without a plan
is just a wish
Following her dream after leaving the beauty industry. Monet is now on the rise to helping others as a business strategist and a public speaker. She does this by laying out plans that help both men and women navigate their way through entrepreneurship. Providing tools that will help each person fund their own dreams. Monet understands that without the right foundation, financial literacy and proper resources their dream will remain on a “wish list” of wants and desires.
Everyone deserves a shot at financial freedom. My goal is to help you get it so that you can live it!