DR. KARMETRIA BURTON
Founder, Paint Your Lips Red Foundation
Dorothy Jean “Big Mama” Walker was before her time. The catalyst for the Paint Your Lips Red Foundation, she wasn’t a Gen Xer, millennial or even a baby boomer. The Southern belle was of the silent generation. She prayed daily and didn’t leave home without her red lipstick. Big Mama made a huge impression on her granddaughter, Dr. Karmetria Burton, that led her to a divine calling: to establish the Paint Your Lips Red Foundation, an organization that aims to empower women.
“PYLR started out as a social media challenge, encouraging women to paint their lips red and tell followers how it made them feel,” Burton explains. “It was globally impactful. More than 200 women rose to the challenge, finding their voice and their confidence through red lipstick.” Burton is committed to “passing the playbook” by imparting important life principles. “Use excellence as your yardstick,” she encourages. “Show up, be prepared and speak up.” —Y.C.