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Getting To Know: Orenthia Ricketts

Getting To Know: Orenthia Ricketts

Serving as role models for entrepreneurship in their communities, Avon Representatives are now also the company’s actual models. Hot off the press, upcoming Avon brochures will feature some of the most inspiring Avon Representatives from across the globe. These women embody Beauty for a Purpose, and on a daily basis are inspiring others through beauty. In this series, we will provide a glimpse into their empowering and remarkable journeys.

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Talk about digging her heels in! Initially, a shoe habit brought Orenthia, of Newark, New Jersey, to Avon in 2007, when she was looking for some extra funds to support her love of pretty footwear. However, “I found that I was actually making more money than I expected,” she says, and when Orenthia was downsized by her employer shortly after, she decided to become a full-time Representative – and never looked back.

“Now, I don’t depend on anyone for a job. Now I’m in control,” she enthuses. In fact, Orenthia embodies the idea that “beauty is the journey, empowerment is the destination.” The message, she says, “inspires me to focus not only on the beauty aspect of Avon but to truly appreciate and want to share the empowerment, personal power, and opportunities for growth a partnership with Avon affords women.”

7 Questions with Orenthia

The best thing about being my own boss is:

the freedom that owning my own business provides. I get to choose how best to spend each hour of my day so I can tailor my life around what is most important to me. I also enjoy interacting with a variety of different people every day, learning about them and the best way to meet their needs.

To me, empowerment means:

personal power, power of choice and the ability to positively impact others.

I feel most beautiful when:

I am doing something impactful and giving back – my beauty comes from the inside and radiates outward. I am VP of a non-profit organization called Hands for Giving Foundation, and when I am interacting with the preschool children who are the benefactors of our outreach program, I feel supremely beautiful!

Myself in three words:

tenacious, driven, God-fearing.

My guilty pleasure is:

cherry nut ice cream.

A typical Friday night includes:

spending time with my family, reading, or watching reality TV.

My “secret weapon” is:

Anew Ultimate Day Cream. It has really helped to maintain the elasticity, clarity and texture of my skin. It feels luxurious on my skin and smells great!


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