In celebration of Black History Month, NYLON is running a spotlight series called Black Girl Power... The Future Is Bright. Every day, phenomenal black women from different industries will be featured to tell their stories—revealing how they became who they are, showing what they have accomplished, and pinpointing how they navigated their careers. Black women deserve to be celebrated 365 days of the year, and we hope that this series will inspire everyone to believe in the power of #blackgirlmagic.
Most people can't say that their big break was being an assistant to Sean Combs, aka P. Diddy, but Karleen Roy can. (Prior to that, she had a publicity gig at Island Def Jam Recordings, no big deal.) After working at Bad Boy Entertainment for six years, she went on to become the founder of her own successful company, The Vanity Group (TVG). Now, she runs a luxury lifestyle management company that specializes in event production, concierge services, and talent relations. Roy's clients are some of the most high profile individuals across the entertainment industry from artists to musicians to actors. She's capable of turning her clients' dreams into their realities because she never takes "no" for an answer.
Roy has single-handedly become one of the most in-demand lifestyle and experience experts in New York City, and the reputation of her agency is unmatched. Needless to say that business is booming at TVG, and it'll only keep growing from here as her network continues to expand. If anyone holds the keys to success, it's this woman—read up on Roy's background in the interview, below!